Question : I’m from Worcester and I’d like to have my browlift performed with local anesthesia. Can this be combined with sedation?
Answer : Yes. Not a problem. BUT, you might be more comfortable with a light general anesthesia using what is called an LMA tube. This is a breathing tube that does not go into your trachea like the traditional endotracheal tube. The anesthetic agents used in both cases can be the same, often mostly Propafol (used properly and safely by an anethatist). The young lady I operated on last week had this type of anesthesia and left the hospital less than 2 hours after her procedure. Local anesthesia to block the nerves of the forehead is always used in addition to sedation or general anesthesia. We use medications in both cases to prevent nausea, and my patients never receive a narcotic in their anesthetic mix; narcotics can cause nausea. I would be happy to see you in my Worcester office at St. Vincent Hospital.