Blepharoplasty without general anesthesia is a safe procedure

After eyelid lift

More men and women are turning to blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery to freshen up their appearance, and eliminate tired eyes. In addition to the traditional way of performing surgery using general anesthesia, blepharoplasty without general anesthesia is now being performed. This is a safe alternative that also produces excellent results, but what are the major differences between the 2 procedures.

About Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery is performed to correct droopy skin on the upper eyelids, and puffiness beneath the eyes. Excess skin on the upper eyelids not only makes you look older, but it can also impair vision.  As a result, many patients with hooded eyelids experience improved vision after surgery.

Patients undergoing blepharoplasty without general anesthesia are awake during the procedure. While they will feel some level of pressure on the eye, there is not a lot of discomfort. Doing the procedure while the patient is awake and interactive often helps the surgeon make more precise decisions, especially in relation to removing fat and skin.

Benefits of doing blepharoplasty
If blepharoplasty is not done under general anesthesia then it is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. The anesthetic is injected into the eyelids using a tiny needle.  This is relatively painless, although some patients experience mild burning. Eye drops are also used to numb the surface of the eye.

General anesthesia does pose some risks, especially to smokers and people with high blood pressure, as well as those with undiagnosed coronary disease.

Since general anesthesia is not used and the procedure is less invasive,the recovery time is much shorter. This makes it the ideal alternative for individuals who don’t want to deal with a long recovery time.

At the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center in California, Dr. Serebrakian regularly performs blepharoplasty without general anesthesia.