What type of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
Facial rejuvenation procedures are often performed under IV sedation anesthesia. This involves the insertion of an IV with the administration of sedation-type medications followed by the injection of local anesthetic throughout the face. Patients respond well to this form of anesthesia. It also decreases some of the risks that can be associated with full general anesthesia in cases of this length.
*What should I expect after surgery?
Surprisingly, a facelift is associated with fairly minimal pain; that is not to say there is not some discomfort. You should expect the acute recovery phase of a facelift to last approximately two weeks. During this time, you will have fairly noticeable swelling and a degree of bruising that tends to be patient-specific. You will only have a head dressing for approximately two to three days. At that point, no additional dressings will be needed. Obviously, the incisions will take several months to fully fade, however, because of their location, most people, especially women, are able to hide the healing incisions quite well with their hair.
*Individual results may vary