One of the biggest fears people encounter when considering a facial rejuvenation procedure is going under anesthesia. General anesthetic carries risks that some patients, particularly those with underlying health concerns, find too great. At The Lanfranchi Center, Dr. Paul Lanfranchi has perfected the combination of oral sedation and local anesthetic to perform cosmetic enhancement procedures safely without the use of general anesthesia.
The Dangers of General Anesthesia
Patients are put into a deep sleep with the use of injected anesthetic drugs through an IV. This stresses the entire body, paralyzing the muscles. The consensus among medical professionals is that this should be avoided wherever possible due to the risks associated with general anesthesia. These risks include cardiovascular collapse, respiratory depression, hypoxic brain impairment, damage to teeth, and respiratory failure. Some complications can even be fatal. Procedures using general anesthesia also require the patient to have a tube inserted down their throat in the event of complications.
Patients are often disoriented upon waking, dizzy, nauseated, and can have difficulty breathing. It’s a very scary way to wake up. Add to that any pain the patient feels from the procedure itself, and it equals a very unpleasant experience to overcome while the body metabolizes the general anesthesia.
The Benefits of Local Anesthesia
Great strides have been made in performing procedures without the use of general anesthesia. Dr. Lanfranchi has exclusively used the safety of local anesthetic and oral sedation for his entire career, and has a variety of techniques to ensure your comfort at all times. Even our most comprehensive procedure, the TLC Premier Lift™, can be done under local anesthesia and oral sedation.
Prior to your procedure, you’ll be given an oral sedative, similar to Valium, to relax you and address any anxiety you may feel. When your procedure begins, local anesthetic will be administered only to the area on which you’re receiving treatment, leaving the rest of your body in a state of relaxation. This numbs the treatment area entirely, so you don’t feel anything.
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This technique removes the necessity of external breathing machinery, since the muscles are not paralyzed during local anesthesia as they are during general anesthesia. As a result, the procedure is performed in the comfort and convenience of The Lanfranchi Center, and not in an operating room with an anesthesiologist. This can significantly reduce the cost of your procedure, as well as improve your recovery time. Additionally, patients who are not good candidates for general anesthesia procedures due to underlying health concerns or advanced age are often able to tolerate local anesthesia with oral sedation just fine.
50-60% of patients report sleeping through their entire procedure and those who don’t often doze or listen to relaxing music. Many don’t remember the procedure at all. Because patients are not as disoriented, dizzy, or nauseated after the procedure, many say their treatment at The Lanfranchi Center was easier than going to the dentist. Because of this, recovery time is minimized, allowing patients to go home sooner, and with fewer side effects from the procedure.
At The Lanfranchi Center, your safety is our number one priority. Everything we do on the day of your procedure is tailored to your specific needs, your comfort, and your emotional and physical wellbeing. Because of this, our patients often say the hardest part is the wait to begin their rejuvenation journey.