For patients who prefer not to have general anesthesia, we offer many procedures with only local anesthesia. This involves a series of numbing medications that are injected into the surgical area without any intravenous sedation. Oral pain and anti-anxiety medications can be given, and patients can also drink on the morning of or sometimes even during the procedure.
Some benefits of procedures under local anesthesia include:
Lower hematoma risk: There are usually no medications given to alter blood pressure and fewer blood pressure spikes after surgery.
Less nausea: Anesthesia gases, which can sometimes cause nausea, are avoided.
Less jaw pain and tightness: There is no need for a breathing tube so there is much less manipulation of the jaw and mouth.
More time to chat: I get to know my patients as there is often time for conversation during the procedures.
Dr. Irvine offers the following surgical procedures with only local anesthesia:
Buccal fat removal
Some brow lifts
Minor revision rhinoplasties
If this is an option you are interested in, be sure to ask me about it at your consultation!