What Type of Anesthesia is Best for Eyelid Surgery?

What Type of Anesthesia is Best for Eyelid Surgery?


What Type of Anesthesia is Best for Eyelid
Surgery? Blepharoplasty or cosmetic eyelid surgery
can be performed under local anesthesia, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation and general
anesthesia. With local anesthesia, the area to be operated on is made numb with a local
anesthetic injection. You are fully awake and aware of the procedure. With local anesthesia
with intravenous sedation, you are given intravenous or “through the vein” medication which
creates a relaxing effect so you are in a twilight or sleepy state and you’re less
aware of your surroundings. In general anesthesia, you are placed in a very deep state where
you are placed on a respirator with a tube in your throat because you’re unable to
breathe on your own. So which anesthesia is best? As a practicing Oculofacial Plastic
Surgeon for over 20 years, I’ve performed eyelid surgery with all these anesthesia methods.
In my opinion, the best kind of anesthesia is local anesthesia with intravenous or through
the vein sedation. We use this method every day in our practice and our patients benefit
from a comfortable procedure with a quick recovery. This is in contrast to the awareness
of pure local anesthesia which can cause many people to be anxious and the risks and longer
recovery associated with general anesthesia.

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