Local with sedation anesthesia is the usual standard for eyelid lift surgery. Sedation is given through an IV, which makes you sleepy and forgetful. The sedation medicine usually takes seconds or minutes to work. After you feel drowsy, you will then be given local anesthesia, which is injected into your eyelid skin, causing numbing of the skin.
Technically you can have an eyelid lift with just local anesthesia. I could just give you numbing medicine into your upper or lower eyelid skin, or both, wait a couple of minutes, and then perform an eyelid lift. Just using local anesthesia tends to cause some anxiety, since you are wide awake. I can assure you that you won’t feel anything, but it still may generate some nervousness. Since I want to ensure that you are calm, relaxed, and not moving doing your procedure, sedation is a wonderful tool to make sure that you’re calm.
In the OR/ operating room, you will probably have monitoring equipment attached. These devices will measure your oxygen levels, heart rate, and blood pressure. This is done to make sure that you are comfortable, but not too sleepy, and that you’re breathing on your own.
The amount of drowsiness is adjustable, so that you can feel drowsy to completely asleep.
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