Did you know that you could get facial surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty and even a facelift under local anesthesia? It is safer, reduces recovery time and is more comfortable for the patient.
General anesthesia, which is how most surgical procedures are performed, requires for the whole body to go to sleep. This takes a toll on the body, requiring more downtime and medication.
Local anesthesia causes absence of pain in the area being treated, but the patient is awake and continues to have sensation throughout the rest of their body. They are responsive throughout the procedure, which also makes it safer.
In NYC, downtime is often a factor as patients want to get back to their regular routines “in a New York minute”. Due to medical advancements and Dr. Levine’s expertise in facial plastic surgery, we now offer many surgical procedures under local anesthesia in our office. An added benefit of reduced downtime is quickened healing process. In most cases, swelling is reduced, which can help the results appear faster as well.
Another benefit of undergoing surgery under local anesthesia is reduced cost. The absence of hospital costs and general anesthesia allows for a significant reduction in the cost of the procedure.
Underdoing a surgical procedure under local anesthesia is not obligatory and patient experience is always our primary concern. If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call 212.517.9400.