Face Lift Under Local Anesthesia New York City and New Jersey
Face Lifts and Neck Lifts have been traditionally performed by plastic surgeons while making you going to sleep (general anesthesia or IV sedation) to prevent the pain associated with the procedure. Although these types of modalities are relatively safe, they are still associated with some risk that sometimes could be life-threatening (e.g. like loosing the airway). Patients that choose to to avoid these risks, are unable to enjoy from cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and neck
Dr. John Mesa, MD, a Harvard trained plastic surgeon, during his Face Lift Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship with the world renowned Plastic Surgeon Luis O. Vasconez, MD; pioneered and perfected the technique of performing face Lifts and Neck Lifts under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort or pain, thus avoiding the risks associated with going to sleep (general anesthesia), twilight anesthesia (IV sedation), or heavy oral sedation.
A Face Lift, or rhytidectomy, improves the appearance of the lower two-thirds of the face by tightening sagging facial muscles, smoothing wrinkled skin, and removing excess fat. This procedure is often combined with a Neck Lift for improvements under the chin.
A Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia with New Jersey and New York City with Dr. John Mesa is a surgical procedure that provides the patients with a rejuvenated, refreshed and natural look without an “operated look’ stigmata.
Face Lift and Neck Lift Under Local Anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City by Dr. John Mesa, MD is performed with minimal discomfort and no pain while the patient remains totally awake. This wide-awake Face Lift and Neck Lift under local anesthesia avoids the risks associated with general anesthesia (going to sleep), IV sedation (twilight anesthesia) and/or heavy oral sedation.
During the procedure, Dr. John Mesa, MD, a Board Certified Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon and Craniofacial Surgeon injects the numbing solution (diluted local anesthesia) in your face and neck area with minimal discomfort or pain. Once all the face and neck is numbed, Dr. John Mesa, MD performs your Face Lift and Neck Lift without discomfort or pain. Since you are not sedated or placed to sleep, you are able to breath by yourself (no need of breathing tube or anesthesia machine). Additionally, by remaining awake, your body maintains your normal blood pressure stable through the procedure (general anesthesia agents usually lower your blood pressure). Very often you and Dr. John Mesa will have a collegial conversation during the procedure, making the experience an incredible and memorable one. Once the procedure is finished, light bandages / dressings are placed and then you are allowed to go home shortly after.
Undergoing a Face Lift and Neck Lift Under Local Anesthesia allows your body to remain physiologically stable during the procedure (normal blood pressure, normal breathing, no pain). This decreases the risk of bruising, swelling, hematoma formation (acute accumulation of blood under the skin) during and right after the procedure. Therefore, Face Lift and Neck Lift under local anesthesia by avoiding the risks of general anesthesia, IV sedation or heavy oral sedation is safer!
Frequent asked questions about Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia
Who is a candidate for Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Patients that are otherwise healthy and have no anxiety conditions or take large amounts of anxiolytic prescription medications ( e.g. Xanax) are usually candidates to undergo Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City with Dr. John Mesa, MD.
Patients with certain medical conditions that preclude them from undergoing general anesthesia or IV sedation may be candidates for Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City with Dr. John Mesa, MD. These patients require medical clearance by their primary care physician (PCP), internist and/ or specialist ( e.g. cardiologist) in order to undergo Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia
Patients are not candidates for Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia if they have unstable coronary artery disease, unstable and uncontrolled hypertension, bleeding disorders, or are on Coumadin/Heparin and these blood thinning treatment can’t be hold for at lease several weeks before and after the procedure. Patient’s that are not cleared for these procedures under local anesthesia by either their primary care physician or specialist are not candidates.
How long does a Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia operation take?
A Face Lift and/or Neck Lift in New Jersey and New York City Board Certified Cosmetic Latin Plastic surgeon Dr. John Mesa may take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. Dr. John Mesa will consult with you to fully outline any pre-surgical requirements, what procedures we will be performing and what you can expect afterward.
Are there any risks with a Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia?
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Since the patients the patients are not required to go to sleep (general anesthesia), undergo twilight anesthesia (IV sedation) or heavy oral sedation, all the risks of these anesthesia modalities are avoided, thus making the procedure safer!
Dr. John Mesa and his staff will be glad to guide you through this experience with thorough planning and preparation so that you can recover with the best results and few unexpected problems.
What can I expect after a Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Bruising and swelling are common after your Face Lift in New Jersey and New York City. Each patient is different, but for most, these side effects normally resolve within 2-3 weeks. We remove your bandages the next day after, and place you in a face and neck garment that should be wore for at least 7 days. Sutures are usually removed 5 or 7 days after surgery.
It is extremely important that your newly rejuvenated be protected from sun damage after surgery. Avoid sun exposure, wear a broad-brimmed hat, and liberally apply SPF 50 or stronger sunscreen as instructed by Dr. Mesa.
How long is recovery a Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Very likely, you’ll be able to return to work in about 2 to 4 weeks. You should wait 4 to 6 weeks or longer before participating in strenuous activity and exercise. You may need special makeup to camouflage any bruising for a short time. Final healing may take up to 3 months and will continue to improve over the next year. We will closely follow your progress to ensure a smooth recovery.
When will I see results a Face Lift and/or Neck Lift under local anesthesia in New Jersey and New York City?
Within a week, you should see a significant improvement. Once the swelling and bruising are gone, you may have minor scars that are hidden by your hair. These too, will fade over time. Gradually, your new, younger face will emerge a few weeks after surgery. Most of our patients enjoy the benefits of a Face Lift and Neck Lift for many years. Depending on your age, you may have more than one Face Lift and/or Neck Lift in your lifetime.
Why not go to a primary care physician Dentists, Obstetricians, Gynecologists, Internists and “Cosmetologists” for Face Lift and/or Neck Lift surgery?
Practitioners like dentists and other doctors who are not formally residency-trained and Board Certified to perform Face Lift and/or Neck Lift surgery have been found to suffer a much higher rate of complications, as it’s a side interest to them, and not a treatment they’re certified to do all day long. One of the most common complaints is minimal improvement, asymmetries, “operated look” (windshield blow appearance), etc.
Only a licensed professional with the knowledge, training and skills required to achieve optimum results should perform Face Lift and/or Neck Lift plastic surgery. Look for a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has completed his training at some of the top residency and fellowship institutions.