For safety and innovation in the art of facial rejuvenation under local anesthetic, patients cannot go wrong with The Lanfranchi Center is Las Vegas. Dr. Paul Lanfranchi has perfected the use of local anesthetic with oral sedation since starting his practice in 2006, bringing the experience of over 10,000 cosmetic procedures to his patients.
General Anesthesia Risks
There is a reason all procedures, including our most recognized TLC Lift™, are performed under local anesthetic with oral sedation at The Lanfranchi Center. Dr. Lanfranchi has exclusively used this combination of anesthetic and sedation throughout his entire career, even with the most comprehensive procedure he performs, the TLC Premier Lift™, which frequently combines 4-5 procedures in one, depending on the needs of the client.
General anesthesia uses a combination of medications: a sedative, a paralytic, and a memory inhibitor. Delivered intravenously, or sometimes combined as IV and inhaled drugs, they render a patient immobile and unconscious, and a breathing tube is used to protect the patient’s airway. This brings with it a high risk of complications, such as cardiovascular collapse, hypoxic brain impairment, respiratory depression, and respiratory failure. Medically, general anesthesia should be avoided wherever possible.
From the patient perspective, general anesthesia is an unpleasant experience from which to wake, including disorientation, trouble breathing, nausea, and dizziness. The effects of general anesthesia linger for a full 24 hours post-op, and can take up to a week to metabolize from the body.
Local Anesthesia Benefits
Thankfully, general anesthesia isn’t the only option for ensuring a patient’s comfort and safety during a surgical procedure. Oral sedatives, such as Valium or similar, are a much milder version of IV sedatives, but patients still benefit from the relaxation they provide with the added bonus of anxiety reduction. Once the patient is relaxed and ready for their procedure, Dr. Lanfranchi will carefully administer local anesthetic to block pain and numb only the treatment area. The patient remains relaxed and pain free without the added pressure of anesthetic drugs coursing through their entire body.
Local anesthesia is also associated with reduced blood loss during surgical procedures and a reduction in postoperative nausea and vomiting. The pain management effects of local anesthetic are also longer lasting than with general anesthesia, providing patients with comfort and relief for hours after the procedure is complete.
Using local anesthesia also removes the need for external respiratory monitoring caused by general anesthesia’s paralytic effects. As such, Dr. Lanfranchi performs all procedures in our state-of-the-art facilities at The Lanfranchi Center, and not in a hospital operating room with an anesthesiologist. This can save patients thousands in costs and improve recovery time. Patients with health concerns who are not ideal for general anesthesia care can still tolerate local anesthetic well, which means they aren’t exempt from Dr. Lanfranchi’s talent and expertise.
Between the experience of recovering from local anesthesia as opposed to general anesthesia, the relaxed atmosphere, and Dr. Lanfranchi’s award-winning bedside manner, patients frequently tell us having their facelift or neck lift at The Lanfranchi Center is easier than a trip to the dentist.
Stellar Service from Start to Finish Two months ago I had a lower lifestyle facial lift. I was apprehensive, but it was well worth the effort and expense. Dr. Lanfranchi and his entire staff were kind, caring and very professional, from the first meeting to the follow up appointments. The procedure is done under a local, not general anesthetic, and it was easy. I healed quickly and am very satisfied with the results. His fee was very reasonable. Any further facial work I want done, I will be sure to come back here.
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Ready to learn more about the TLC Lift™? The first step is an in-person consultation with Dr. Lanfranchi. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our office directly at (702) 929-3880 during normal business hours (please leave a message if we are unable to answer). The Lanfranchi Center serves the Las Vegas and Henderson, NV areas.