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Local or General Anesthesia for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

There are some distinct advantages to using a local anesthesia for cosmetic eyelid surgery, not the least of which is cost. However, when considering which is right for you, understand that the best plastic surgeons in Miami are going to strongly advise you to get local anesthesia with sedation if you choose that option. It’s the rare person who has such complete mind over matter control that getting the cosmetic eyelid surgery without sedation would work. You can count on your Miami cosmetic surgeon talking you out of such foolhardy courage.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure to aesthetically modify and improve the eye area. Manipulating skin, fat, eye muscles and tendons are all involved in the cosmetic procedures. Some patients may think they couldn’t possibly have cosmetic eyelid surgery without general anesthesia, and maybe they’re right, but you should know the pros and cons to make an informed decision that’s best for you.

With general anesthesia, you are completely out with no consciousness of what is happening and no physical sensation. Those are the pros. On the other hand, general anesthesia increases your risk of cardiovascular and respiratory complications, increases the chances of nausea and vomiting, and interferes with the ability of your Miami cosmetic surgeon to make small, but important adjustments during the blepharoplasty. The best plastic surgeons in Miami will dissuade you from this choice.

With a local anesthesia combined with an oral sedative, your Miami plastic surgery will be the safest alternative. You’ll receive injections to your eyelids that will be no more uncomfortable than the dentist’s office, plus numbing eye drops for your eyeballs in preparation for the cosmetic eyelid surgery. The oral sedative will slowly take effect leaving you completely relaxed, but conscious and able to follow directions. The advantage your Miami cosmetic surgeon will have is the opportunity to have you open and close your eyes as he performs the blepharoplasty to make precise adjustments that make the outcome exact.

Local or general anesthesia is ultimately the agreed upon decision between you and your Miami cosmetic surgeon, but consider carefully all aspects of the decision.

 

Dr. Myron Tanenbaum, MD. Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Miami Plastic Surgery
Opthalmic Plastic Surgery | Cosmetic & Reconstructive
Miami, Florida