Lifestyle Lift pain: Comparable to Your Dental Visits?
Article by John Westine, MD
Delray Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
No one can easily change their threshold for discomfort and pain. Therefore, one should tailor the experience to accommodate the individual.
Tolerance of dental procedures is a good predictor of whether someone is a good local anesthesia candidate. The LSL and most minilifting procedures are performed awake under local anesthesia like at the dentist's office. Although a relaxing pill is given to most patients, most remain alert and chat with the surgeon during the procedure.
Each individual must decide to proceed based on their comfort level with being awake. Immediately after the procedure and for several days, patients will feel tight but this abates with each passing day. A mild narcotic will be given to make the discomfort tolerable.