Blepharoplasty is most often performed using local anesthesia. The patient is awake, but her or his eyes are numbed. If you have ever had a dental filling or tooth pulled, then you are familiar with the concept of a local. Despite the fact that the eyelids and surrounding areas are numbed, the patient may feel some pulling or minor pain. If you are having other cosmetic surgery done in addition to your blepharoplasty -- a facelift for instance -- you may be put under with general anesthesia instead of local anesthesia.
All anesthesia carries with it an element of risk. Be sure to inform your surgeon and the person administering the anesthesia of any medications or supplements you are taking. You should also take care to follow the pre-op instructions carefully.
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