Can Facelift be Performed under Local Anesthesia?

Facelift with local anesthesia

A face lift can definitely be performed with only local anesthesia.   As a matter of fact, performing the face lift or mid face lift surgery under local anesthesia is not only safer but it also leads to a better result.  First of all, general anesthesia for rhytidectomy (a medical term for facelift) has inherent risks. The patient who desires a natural facelift is typically past 40 years of age. 

Patients who are in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s are at a higher risk of blood clot formation.

A typical mid face lift and lower facelift would take at least four hours to perform.  This is because SMAS layer is elevated with the platysma muscle. This is known as a SMAS facelift or deep plane facelift. These techniques are labor-intensive and require time to produce a natural result.  Therefore, performing surgery for an extended time on the facelift patient age group increases the risks associated with general anesthesia.

Local anesthesia is applied to the midface and lower face in order to perform the facelift procedure. 

The local anesthetic is delivered to the face without pain. Once the local anesthesia is injected, the patient does not experience any pain.  The advantage is that the SMAS, mid face, lower face, and the platysma is fully numbed and bathed in fluid. Thus, the tissue is easily dissected to produce an effective cheek lift and lower facelift.  Because the tissue is bathed in fluid, the tissue undergoes minimal strain. This means that after the facelift surgery, the patient will experience minimal pain. As a matter of fact, most patients only experience discomfort and will only require Tylenol the evening of surgery.  

Los Angeles Facelift Specialist – Dr. Kenneth Kim

Dr. Kenneth Kim is a specialist in local anesthesia facelifts.  Dr. Kim’s facelift technique is unique in that no general anesthesia and no IV sedation is used.  Strictly only local anesthesia is used to perform the SMAS facelift and lower facelift. Dr. Kenneth Kim has presented his innovative facelift technique to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Dr. Kim is also known to produce natural results in difficult patients with heavy soft tissue.

Dr. Kenneth Kim is a Korean plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, California with extensive experience operating on all types of faces to create a natural facelift result.

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