My sister had a face lift and she looks absolutely wonderful!

Question:

My sister had a face lift and she looks absolutely wonderful! Now I want one but I do not take to general anesthesia very well. Can I get a facelift using local anesthesia?

Answer:

Answer:
The short answer is ‘yes’. All of the patients that we perform facelift on we do with local anesthesia augmented with monitored anesthesia care. Monitored anesthesia care is a fancy name for twilight anesthesia where the patients are asleep and not aware of their surroundings. The anesthesia is identical to what one would have undergoing a colonoscopy. If you have had this experience you can relate to the procedure because one minute you are awake and the next minute you are in the recovery room. We find that twilight anesthesia works very well for our ambulatory patients and allows them to return to their activities much sooner. It is not permissible for the patient to drive the same day after undergoing twilight anesthesia but it is very unusual for patients to feel nauseous or have any other associated sequela related to general anesthesia, namely, feeling like they have a little bit of a hangover.

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