Question : I was told I could have a facelift while only under sedation and local anesthetic. I am 62 years old, would this sort of anesthetic be safe for me?
Answer : If your general medical health is good, local anesthetic with IV sedation can work. The most important criteria in determining what type of anesthetic is what is a safe anesthetic and what will allow the surgeon to achieve the best results possible. The patient is occasionally misled to think that the lesser anesthetics are safer by definition; however, general anesthetics can be safer than just sedation or local anesthetic in some cases because efforts are taken to protect the breathing.