Planning to have a blepharoplasty procedure in the near future? One of the main questions that patients have prior to their eyelid surgery with the Philadelphia area’s Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, is whether they will be awake during surgery. If not, they want to know what kind anesthesia or sedation will be used.
If, like many others, you’re having pre-surgery jitters about what anesthesia might entail, Dr. Timothy Greco and his team will be happy to put your fears to rest and fully clarify all the details of the procedure.
Droopy eyelids are a common cosmetic issue that many patients experience due to aging as skin stretches and surrounding muscles can no longer support the eyelids. A blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a popular way of reducing bags and heaviness around the lower and upper eyelids that contributes to hooded eyes and a look of sagging eyebrows. The procedure “opens up” the eyes to make patients look fresh, rested, and more alert.
For a typical upper eyelid surgery procedure, the surgeon makes a strategic incision in the upper eyelid creases, easily concealing the eventual scar. Redundant tissues are removed, and lax tissues are tightened. For this reason, local anesthetic with conscious sedation is necessary.
It’s best to talk to your surgeon beforehand to understand your anesthesia options and discuss any preferences. In the majority of cases, blepharoplasty patients can expect to be given local anesthesia and conscious sedation to ensure their comfort and safety.
The local option creates numbing of the eyelid tissues only. Patients using this technique will still be able to talk, move, and feel sensations on the rest of the body throughout the procedure.
When twilight anesthesia is used, the patient will be completely conscious but asleep and unaware of what is happening. It’s a safe option, but takes a little longer to recover.
Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS, welcomes questions or comments from patients interested in blepharoplasty surgery or other procedures available from his Philadelphia-area practice. Get in touch with double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy M. Greco and his staff today by calling (610) 664-8830 or messaging his office directly.