Question: I am 57 years old and I’m terrified of being under anesthesia. If I’m having a facelift, can I be awake during the procedure?
Answer: The choice of anesthesia depends on the surgeon’s preference and what is the safest form of anesthesia for the patient. Certain procedures can be done awake with intravenous sedation; however, it is very important to make sure during these procedures that the airway is protected and that the patient is breathing. Sometimes with a lot of sedation, the patient’s respiratory and breathing becomes depressed and they could have problems. So, the most important factor is to make sure that the anesthesia is safe. With modern techniques, once the patient is anesthetized, they are very relaxed.