Part of the hesitation many people have when considering a facelift is the idea of going under local anesthesia for the procedure. At The Lanfranchi Center, we have safely performed all of our procedures under local anesthetic with oral sedatives since we started our practice in 2006.
The TLC Premier Lift™
Even our most extensive procedure, the TLC Premier Lift™ is safely completed under local anesthesia and oral sedation, and our patients thank us for it. This custom facelift combines our signature TLC Lift™ (lower face and neck lift) with 3-6 other procedures for a complete transformation in a single day. Surprisingly, the additional procedures don’t prolong recovery times, which average between 7-14 days. Extensive before and aftercare instructions are provided, and Team TLC will hold your hand through the entire journey, from consultation through recovery.
Concerns with General Anesthesia
General anesthesia carries risk factors some patients cannot tolerate, particularly those with underlying health concerns. This prohibits them from undergoing procedures at most clinics. At The Lanfranchi Center, our use of local anesthesia with oral sedation makes our treatments safer for these patients, as determined by a comprehensive consultation. A deep sleep that includes paralysis of the muscles is the marker of general anesthesia. Medical professionals agree this should be avoided wherever possible because of the risks, which include cardiovascular collapse, respiratory depression, potential brain and teeth injuries, and respiratory failure. Some complications are even fatal.
Patients are disoriented, nauseated, dizzy, and have difficulty breathing upon waking, which increases distress. Include pain from the procedure, and the recovery process begins on a poor note indeed. The body easily needs a few days to fully metabolize general anesthesia.
The Benefits of Local Anesthesia with Oral Sedation
Dr. Lanfranchi has safely used local anesthesia with oral sedation for the duration of his career. Prior to your facelift, an oral sedative, like Valium, will help you relax and reduce nerves and anxiety. Once you’re ready, your facelift begins with the administration of local anesthetic only to the treatment area. The rest of your body remains pleasantly unconcerned while only the treatment zone is numb. You won’t feel the procedure being performed.
This method of anesthesia removes the need for breathing machinery, an operating room, or anesthesiologist, which allows Team TLC to perform procedures within the state-of-the-art Lanfranchi Center facilities. Patients disqualified from general anesthetic use may still be candidates for this method, and the cost of a facelift is significantly less.
Recovery and Downtime
Half of TLC patients report sleeping peacefully through their facelift, and those who don’t are still relaxed. Because they don’t battle lingering effects of general anesthesia, their recovery is easier with fewer side effects, and the downtime is reduced from a few weeks to between 5 and 10 days. Some patients with more sedentary jobs even return to work in as little as 3 days.
For board-certified physician Dr. Paul Lanfranchi, your safety and comfort is the number one priority. We put your comfort—both physical and emotional—first, and as such, many of our patients say the most nerve-wracking part is the wait for their Rejuvenation Day.
Take the Next Step — Request a Consultation
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.