Can blepharoplasty be done under local anesthesia?
Yes, a blepharoplasty (or eyelid lift) can be safely performed under local anesthesia with sedation. This kind of procedure is sometimes called an “Awake Blepharoplasty” because, unlike general anesthesia, which puts the patient entirely to sleep, local anesthesia only numbs the nerves at the surgical site, so the patient is conscious during surgery. The local anesthetic is usually paired with a light or deep sedation, so that the patient is relaxed and calm for the duration of the procedure.
Is blepharoplasty surgery painful?
Any pain or discomfort that one might experience during an eyelid lift can be safely and effectively managed with a local anesthetic and sedation. In fact, a local anesthetic leads to a smoother, more pain-free recovery than blepharoplasty under general anesthesia. A local anesthetic blocks the pain response at the surgical site, rather than simply placing you unconscious while your nerve endings continue to be activated. Discomfort is decreased after a so-called “Awake” procedure, too. After an Awake Blepharoplasty, patients may manage their post-operative pain with only over-the-counter ibuprofen or Tylenol.