Is general anesthesia or local anesthesia usually used for a facelift?
We never use general anesthesia for a facelift. We perform a limited incision lower facelift in the office with oral sedation and local anesthesia. For a full lower face which includes a neck lift, we prefer a slightly deeper level of anesthesia achieved with IV sedation. General anesthesia is rarely if ever used. The only indication in our opinion is the male patient with a very obstructive airway or the patient with severe uncontrolled acid reflux.
Posted by Dr. Buckingham