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Anesthesia for Your Facelift

Facelift Anesthesia

Anesthesia For Your Facelift Surgery

Anesthesia for your facelift procedure - What you need to know

Your facelift may be performed in a surgical suite at your plastic surgeon's office, at a dedicated outpatient surgery facility, or in a hospital. Most of the time, facelifts are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you get to go home shortly after surgery. However, your plastic surgeon may suggest an overnight stay in a hospital if your surgery is more involved or if you have a medical condition which would require post-surgical monitoring.

A facelift may be performed while the patient is under local or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is used more frequently for facelift patients than general anesthesia is. The local anesthetic numbs the face and you are given a sedative to relax you. Under local anesthesia you will be awake, but unable to feel pain, although you may feel occasional discomfort.

If your facelift is performed using general anesthesia, you will be put to sleep before the operation and you will wake up after it is over. Patients who are given general anesthesia are more likely to be kept overnight for monitoring.

A note of caution: Make sure you tell your plastic surgeon about any prescription medications, nonprescription drugs, supplements and vitamins you are taking. Some things can cause and adverse reaction when paired with the anesthetic, so make sure you are open, honest and thorough.

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