The type of anesthesia recommended by your surgeon will be based on many factors including the type of facelift procedure you are undergoing, the amount of time needed for your surgery, if you are combining your facelift with any other procedures, and your health status.
The main types of anesthesia used for facelifts are local anesthesia, IV sedation (“twilight sleep”) or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia (“freezing” the area with lidocaine injections, as a dentist might do) or IV sedation can be done in an office-based surgical suite or surgery center.
General anesthesia means you will receive medication which makes you fall completely asleep and then a breathing tube will be inserted to help you breathe during the procedure. General anesthesia is usually carried out in a surgery center or hospital. Both IV sedation and general anesthesia allow for a pain-free facelift experience, and patients usually remember little to none of the procedure itself.
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