Can a mini facelift be done with local anesthesia only?

How complicated is the mini facelift surgery? Does it always require general anesthesia or it's the patient's call? I heard general anesthesia shortens someone's life by 5 years. Not sure if it's true, but I'd love to hear some opinions about it.


F, 55, Connecticut

Tags:woman age 45-54 local anesthesia

I had the mini facelift completed, and my surgeon used local anesthesia. I was awake during the procedure. The recovery was quicker than a full facelift surgery, and I had less swelling and bruising. I was able to return to work within a few days. I highly recommend the mini facelift if you're looking for a minor surgical procedure that provides significant results to the jawline and lower face. I liked that I was awake during the procedure and that there were fewer possible complications. I couldn't be happier!

Yes. I informed my plastic surgeon about how I feel about being unconscious during an operation. It's an irrational fear of mine. My doctor told me that local anesthesia is used for all types of facelifts. He said that he would not do anything without using a local anesthetic to numb the skin. I underwent the procedure using a sort of "twilight" anesthesia. My doctor gave me some valium before the procedure. I remember being sleepy during the procedure and not feeling any pain. Because I wasn't unconscious, I felt pulling and pushing. Again, the mini facelift procedure was not painful. I'm not sure if many physicians do it with only a local anesthetic. However, I don't regret it.