Can I get upper eyelid surgery under local anesthesia?

I've heard that recovery times are shorter when surgery is done under local anesthesia. Even though I'm really afraid of experience the whole thing while being awake, is it possible to do eyelid surgery with only local anesthesia? How often do doctors do upper eyelid surgery without putting the patient to sleep?


M, 56, Connecticut

Tags:man age 45-54 upper eyelids local anesthesia

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Recovery time is the same from local or general anesthesia (ie same incisions you have to heal). The general anesthesia can cause nausea and upset stomach but that is all. 

For eyelid surgery, local can be a good option if the fat compartments of the eyes are not being addressed. If they are being addressed then I would recommend general anesthesia. The cost is less for doing it under local versus general anesthesia.

Eyelid surgery is often done under local.