Surgical Suite

Since the 1980’s, the popularity of office-based cosmetic procedures has continued to rise for several reasons.

An office-based surgery provides you more privacy and attention than is usually available in a hospital setting. An accredited onsite operating suite also provides continuity – The Board Certified Plastic Surgeons of West End Plastic Surgery can depend, as can you, on the familiarity of the same anesthesiologist, OR nurses and OR techs who understand their procedures and attention to detail. Dr. Ruff and his team are never rushed nor rescheduled due to emergencies, as often happens in a hospital operating room.

Patient safety is assured in our accredited operating suite, as we have access to the same life-saving equipment found in a hospital operating room. Further, since cosmetic patients aren’t sick people, an onsite cosmetic suite hosts far fewer germs and bacteria than does a hospital. Therefore, our patients have a lower risk for infection, which can prolong recovery or result in revisional surgery to treat an infection and/or the additional scarring that an infection may cause.

Although these are obvious benefits for cosmetic surgery patients, it comes at a price, as does everything. Simple put, the ease of building office-based surgeries has created confusion and increased risks for patients seeking cosmetic surgery. In the “old days” when hospitals granted OR privileges to surgeons based on their area of specialty, the hospitals served as “gatekeepers” for patients. If a family doctor requested OR time to perform a cosmetic procedure, he or she was denied because he was not identified as a “plastic surgeon.” With an office-based surgery suite, however, any physician can offer cosmetic procedures and perform them in his office, whether he has learned to perform liposuction over a weekend or perfected the procedure over many years of study in an accredited plastic surgery program.

We’re delighted that you’re evaluating our practice as a potential for your life-changing cosmetic procedure. We want you to feel safe and comfortable in the knowledge that the surgeons of West End Plastic Surgery are not just board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, but have taken additional fellowship training as well. This training, coupled with their innate sense of proportion and symmetry and their “artist’s eye” enables them to provide beautiful results to their patients in a safe environment.

West End Plastic Surgery is excited to offer Pro-Noxas an alternative to anesthesia.

PRO-NOX™ is changing the way pain relief is administered and helping men and women feel more comfortable during cosmetic procedures. West End Plastic Surgery, offers PRO-NOX™ to patients living in and around the D.C. Metro area who want a more comfortable cosmetic enhancement experience, without the recovery from anesthesia.

What is PRO-NOX™

PRO-NOX™ is a patient-controlled analgesia system that is used to relieve pain and anxiety during various cosmetic treatments like injectables or laser procedures, for example. It provides immediate anxiety relief by delivering a 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide mixture on an as-needed basis. It is ideal for any procedure in which the patient may feel pain, discomfort or anxiety. PRO-NOX™ helps patients feel relaxed if they are nervous before or during a procedure by “taking the edge off.”

Benefits of PRO-NOX™

PRO-NOX™ is an innovative way to manage pain for any office procedure. Its benefits include:

  • Simple and easy to use
    • Effectively reduces pain and anxiety
    • Works within seconds
    • Short duration of effect
    • Doesn’t inhibit your ability to drive home

Is PRO-NOX™ Right for Me?

If you are concerned about the pain that may be caused by your procedure, no matter how small of a procedure it is likely that you can benefit from PRO-NOX™.

How Does PRO-NOX™ work?

PRO-NOX™ is self-administered by the patient, so you can be comfortable with the amount of gas that is received and can adjust it based on your needs. The gas is inhaled through the mouth and takes effect almost immediately. The amount of PRO-NOX™ required for relief may vary by patient, but this is what makes the self-administered system so successful.


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