Not anymore! In fact, one of the specialized areas of my practice has involved many successful facelifts, also known as the ‘Natural Lift’ using only local anesthesia with oral sedation which patients love. Traditionally, facelifts were performed under general anesthesia or under intravenous (IV) sedation. As skill and knowledge of facial plastic surgery advanced, the usage of local anesthesia for facelifts has increased.
I perform most of my lower face lift surgeries under local, oral sedation. The transfer of using general anesthesia to using local anesthesia was brought about by several factors:
- Patients had an increased desire to avoid the risks inherent to being put under general anesthesia.
- Patients preferred having this procedure done because it is minimally invasive and provides them a quicker recovery time.
- Advancements in local anesthetic technique presented safer alternatives for our patients.
- Reduced procedure cost.
In the thousands of facial cosmetic surgery procedures I have performed, the local option is an extremely safe, effective and comfortable way of serving the needs of my patients.
While local anesthesia is a popular choice, it is not for everyone. Some patients require extensive cosmetic surgery that is best performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The most appropriate course of treatment for each patient is best discovered during a personal one-on-one consultation with careful review of their medical history.