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Do anesthesia shots for eyelid surgery hurt?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Depending on the tightness of the tissues and the ph of the drug and your skin ph, it can burn rather than hurt if done in the office or other medical problems affect IV sedation.
I always askwhatthey feel at the dentist.

In brief: Maybe
Depending on the tightness of the tissues and the ph of the drug and your skin ph, it can burn rather than hurt if done in the office or other medical problems affect IV sedation.
I always askwhatthey feel at the dentist.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
If done without any sedation, the shots will burn as they go in for about 30 seconds.
With sedation, you shouldn't be too aware of the pain.

In brief: It depends
If done without any sedation, the shots will burn as they go in for about 30 seconds.
With sedation, you shouldn't be too aware of the pain.
Dr. Matheson Harris
Dr. Matheson Harris
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Dr. Tal Dagan
Local anesthetic injection for eyelid surgery cause only a minimal discomfort for a few seconds (much shorter than 30 seconds) if done appropriately and slowly. The local anesthetic fluid is commonly mixed with a material called sodium bicarbonate which reduces the acidity of the anesthetic material (lidocaine) thus reducing the discomfort of injection. Inquire with your surgeon whether he/she uses bicarbonate with lidocaine if you are concerned about this aspect of the surgery.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Brief discomfort
The injection of local anesthesia to any part of the body stings briefly before the area becomes numb.
Patients who are very anxious about needles can take medications such as Xanax (alprazolam) or Valium in advance to help them relax. Your doctor may add bicarbonate to the local anesthetic to decrease the stinging sensation, and use of a very small needle helps minimize discomfort.

In brief: Brief discomfort
The injection of local anesthesia to any part of the body stings briefly before the area becomes numb.
Patients who are very anxious about needles can take medications such as Xanax (alprazolam) or Valium in advance to help them relax. Your doctor may add bicarbonate to the local anesthetic to decrease the stinging sensation, and use of a very small needle helps minimize discomfort.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
Usually done with IV sedation and not general anesthesia.
Patient usually receives a sedative before the eye injection, so that patient does not even know about the eyelid injections.

In brief: See below
Usually done with IV sedation and not general anesthesia.
Patient usually receives a sedative before the eye injection, so that patient does not even know about the eyelid injections.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Houtan Chaboki
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Local anesthesia
Some cosmetic eyelid surgery may be performed via local anesthesia.
Plastic surgeons provide this anesthesia gently and slowly to minimize any discomfort. The local anesthesia is given by very small needles. Patients normally feel a brief "pinch" then immediate numbing.

In brief: Local anesthesia
Some cosmetic eyelid surgery may be performed via local anesthesia.
Plastic surgeons provide this anesthesia gently and slowly to minimize any discomfort. The local anesthesia is given by very small needles. Patients normally feel a brief "pinch" then immediate numbing.
Dr. Houtan Chaboki
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
In brief: Very little
The local anesthesia shots stung a little, but not too bad.
Many people do eyelid surgery under local anesthesia.

In brief: Very little
The local anesthesia shots stung a little, but not too bad.
Many people do eyelid surgery under local anesthesia.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
In brief: A little sting
But not too bad. A preop anxiolytic may help with the experience.

In brief: A little sting
But not too bad. A preop anxiolytic may help with the experience.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Almost never
Local anesthesia for eyelid surgery is almoat always accompanied by some type of conscious sedation, i.
e. Medication given to relax you and make you mildly drowsy. The lids are anesthetized with a very tiny needle; most patients tolerate this very well.

In brief: Almost never
Local anesthesia for eyelid surgery is almoat always accompanied by some type of conscious sedation, i.
e. Medication given to relax you and make you mildly drowsy. The lids are anesthetized with a very tiny needle; most patients tolerate this very well.
Dr. Barry Press
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