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Do you go under for eyelid surgery, or do they just numb your eyes?
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Either
Going under anaesthesia is more expensive but more pleasant.

In brief: Either
Going under anaesthesia is more expensive but more pleasant.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
In any case, eyelid surgery should be painless.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Many would disagree with general being more pleasant. Some suffer from side effects of the anesthesia. Most patients i do have local with sedation so they're not so nervous. We joke and talk and they often tell me how much they enjoy our time together! i don't get that with my patients who go under!
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Upper or Lower?
I perform all of my upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedures under a local anesthesia in the comfort of my office.
Lower lid procedures (particularly ones performed from the inside of the eyelid) are best performed with some more sedation (iv or general). That being said, my partner does do some lower blephs under local in the office.

In brief: Upper or Lower?
I perform all of my upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedures under a local anesthesia in the comfort of my office.
Lower lid procedures (particularly ones performed from the inside of the eyelid) are best performed with some more sedation (iv or general). That being said, my partner does do some lower blephs under local in the office.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Anesthetic options
Blepharoplasty can be performed with local anesthetic alone (numbing shots), or with the addition of oral or IV medications to help with anxiety and pain.
If other procedures are performed, general anesthetic is an option. Your surgeon can tell you what he/she usually recommends. Best wishes.

In brief: Anesthetic options
Blepharoplasty can be performed with local anesthetic alone (numbing shots), or with the addition of oral or IV medications to help with anxiety and pain.
If other procedures are performed, general anesthetic is an option. Your surgeon can tell you what he/she usually recommends. Best wishes.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Either
Most lid surgeries can be done under local, some patients prefer to be put to sleep for it.

In brief: Either
Most lid surgeries can be done under local, some patients prefer to be put to sleep for it.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Up:yes/ lower:rarely
For upper eyelids, local is commonly used alone and/or with sedation.
Some surgeons prefer local with ptosis repair. Lower eyelids tend to be more invasive and therefore sedation or general is more commonly used.

In brief: Up:yes/ lower:rarely
For upper eyelids, local is commonly used alone and/or with sedation.
Some surgeons prefer local with ptosis repair. Lower eyelids tend to be more invasive and therefore sedation or general is more commonly used.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Annette Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Local usually
This is typically done under local anesthesia but often augmented with sedation.

In brief: Local usually
This is typically done under local anesthesia but often augmented with sedation.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
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Dr. Darab Hormozi
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Usually local
Eyelid surgery can be performed under strict local anesthesia.
General anesthesia is usually reserved for children and mentally handicap patient due to their lack of cooperation.

In brief: Usually local
Eyelid surgery can be performed under strict local anesthesia.
General anesthesia is usually reserved for children and mentally handicap patient due to their lack of cooperation.
Dr. Darab Hormozi
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Depends
It depends on your surgeon and the procedure that you are having.

In brief: Depends
It depends on your surgeon and the procedure that you are having.
Dr. Timothy King
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