Will Full Face Lift Require General Anesthesia Which May Displace Front Teeth Dental Work?

55 y/o F considering full face lift vs lifestyle lift...the lifestyle lift was a consideration because i worry about displacing/destroying fragile dental work involving two front upper teeth if i have general anesthesia...still in research mode, please advise. Thanks. I do understand that full face lift with general anesthesia allows deeper/greater repair.

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Facelifting and Lifestyle Lift can both be done effectively under local anesthesia in experienced hands

Thanks for posting your question. I have performed thousands of facelifts, neck lifts, mini lifts, blephs, lasers and chin implants all under local anesthesia and oral sedation (valium). Done properly, patients are comfortable and have an easier recovery both mentally and physically. There is an art and science to this local anesthesia technique to acquire a high level of patient comfort. My patients do not even require a narcotic prior or during their their procedures thus reducing nausea caused by narcotics. The risks, both short term and long term, of general anesthesia are eliminated. Please consult with several board certified surgeons experienced in facelifting and also in local anesthesia techniques.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dental Work Concerns with General Anesthesia

    Dental work concerns can be avoided to some extent with LMA or Combitube.  Some facelifts can be done with sedation and local.  There are options.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Lifestyle vs custom facelit

That is a no brainer if ever i heard one. Anesthesiologists are totally aware of your dental work and take great pains not to damage teeth.. It is not even a consideration.

Richard Ellenbogen, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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General anesthesia and facelifts

depends on the surgeon and their preference.

i think tiva/general anesthesia is the way to go for a facelift.  some will do it under sedation or local.

those that use sedation or local advocate that they can do everything they need to do - but i tend to agree with your comment more can be done with general

Adam Bryce Weinfeld, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Damage to dental work during full face lift is remote

The chance of damaging teeth under a general anesthesia is extremely remote.  Although it could happen, we have never seen it in our practice of 20 years.  It is more important to have the proper comprehensive face/neck lift than it is to worry about the very remote risk of having any dental work damaged.   Have a board certified physician anesthesiologist in attendance of your surgery so that the risk of tooth damage is extremely minimal.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift Anesthesia

The anesthesia used when performing facelift surgery depends on the physicians preference and the anesthesiologist preference. Facelifts can be performed under local anesthesia, twilight anesthesia, or general anesthesia. Qualified anesthetists are very experienced at dealing with loose teeth and dental work. The surgeon that you choose to perform your facelift should be chosen based upon your comfort level with the surgeon, their credentials, and their results.



Jacob D. Steiger, MD
Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Face lift under IV sedation

We use IV sedation anesthesia, which is a very safe and effective method of anesthesia for facial surgery. IV sedation anesthesia is extremely safe compared to the standard general anesthesia techniques used today. The main advantages of IV sedation anesthesia are: (i) it does not require putting a breathing tube in the throat, (ii) it does not require a breathing machine, (iii) the recovery is much faster, (iv) there is much less "hang-over" from anesthesia, and (v) there is much less nausea. All these elements translate into greater comfort and safety.  We have used this technique of anesthesia in several thousand plastic surgery procedures without any anesthetic complications.

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Damage to Front Teeth with General Anesthesia for Facelift

You are correct to to say that damage to front teeth dental work is possible secondary to the breathing tubes frequently used  in delivering general anesthesia. However, in 35 years of doing facial plastic surgery I've never seen this complication. Anesthesia professionals are very aware of this possible problem and take measures to avoid it, especially in patients who have had cosmetic or reconstructive work on their front teeth. I encourage you to share your concern with those who will do your facelift, but don't compromise your surgical result if general anesthesia is best for you.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Will Full Face Lift Require General Anesthesia Which May Displace Front Teeth Dental Work

During general anesthesia care is taken to protect the teeth,  that should not worry you.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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"Full facelift" can be performed under "twilight" or general anesthesia

"Full facelift" can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia. Very few facial procedures require general anesthesia and facelifts are routinely performed under twilight anesthesia. The advantage of sedation is a faster recovery, lower risk of nausea and no need for a breathing tube. However, most anesthesiologists will be able to protect your dental work. It will help to point out your concerns on the morning of surgery but the risk of damaging teeth/ dental work is low with an experienced anesthesia provider.

Thank you for your question.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

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