Full facelift, neck lift and eyelid surgery all at the same time, would you use
I was wondering if you were having a full facelift, neck lift and eyelid surgery all at the same time, would you use general anesthesia?
I suppose almost any surgery could be performed under local anesthesia, but at Austin-Weston we perform any significant procedure under general anesthesia.
The reasons are multiple. Patient comfort is important. Local anesthesia simply numbs the area, but it takes needles to inject it. Can you imagine having your whole face and eyelids injected with dozens of needle sticks? It would be miserable. General anesthesia makes it painless, and you are totally unaware. And general anesthesia is safe when performed by professionals.
This is why we have a full department of anesthesia on staff, each with 12-15 years of experience. When your surgeon doesn’t have to focus on your discomfort, he can do a better job. We want to focus on performing the procedure perfectly, not on anything else.
One reason some surgeons don’t use general anesthesia is that it is cheaper to just use local. Another reason is that the facility, or office, must be certified. That is expensive and difficult
George Weston, M.D.
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