Marcaine, also called bupivicaine is a different type of local anesthetic (an ester) and lasts longer than lidocaine (an amide) so that it is unlikely you would also be allergic to this medication. However skin testing might be wise before hand in your case. One of the reasons to do this procedure under general of IV sedation is that an anesthesiologist would be present that could take care of any allergic reactions you may have during the procedure. It would seem that your plastic surgeon has your best interests in mind when he made this decision.
Marcaine or general anesthesia
There are many alternatives to lidocaine on the market that can be safely used. The most common alternative in my practice is Marcaine, also called bupivicaine. If you wanted to avoid all anesthestic injections, you also could have your facelift done under general anesthesia and your doctor could inject a dilute solution of epinephrine to accomplish the bleeding control that is an important reason for the injections. If no anesthetic injections are done though, you will probably experience more discomfort in the first day or two.
A general anesthetic is the way to go with your facelift
Your surgeon is giving you great advice. While Lidocaine allergies are very rare there is no sense in risking a major dangerous reaction when you can avoid it with a general anesthetic. In fact almost all my face lifts are now done under general anesthesia because I find it easier on the patient and on me. With today's modern anesthesia the risks are so rare that i would not hesitate.
Lidocaine alternative for Facelift procedure
Most likely not, but the issue you present is one of your safety. You can ONLY be operated upon in a hospital setting. The risk of a severe allergic reaction is too high. That is why your plastic surgeon is offering to do your surgery under general anesthesia with most likely epinephrine soaks to decrease the bleeding. See other plastic surgeons in your area to get a consensus of the type of care you will be needing. Regards.
General Anesthesia Offers Comfort and Safety
allergies to lidocaine are extremely rare they do occasionally occur. When this
situation arises facelift procedures can still be performed, but the anesthetic
technique needs to be modified.
When patients are allergic to
lidocaine other types of local anesthetics may be helpful. Local anesthetics
fall into two categories, these include amides and esters. In most cases when
patients are allergic to an anesthetic, they’re able to use anesthetics from
the opposite group. For instance Lidocaine is an amide. For this reason
patients might be able to use Marcaine which is an ester.
Although you’re not interested in
general anesthesia, this might be your best option. General anesthesia offers
high comfort levels and excellent patient safety. The majority of plastic
surgeons prefer this approach to local anesthetic with or without I.V.
sedation. With your history of allergies the presence of an anesthesiologist
provides added safety.
you’re still interested in facelift surgery, it’s important to discuss these
issues with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to formulate a
treatment plan that addresses your concerns about anesthesia.
I always do my facelifts under general anesthesia but use local anesthesia in addition to allow the anesthesiologist to keep the amount of general anesthesia to a minimum. There are many alternatives to lidocaine but I think that Gen is the way to go for a facelift. The patient is comfortable and I can focus on the surgery and the outcome.
Local Anesthesia for Face Lift Surgery
As other plastic surgeons have mentioned, you may consider being tested with other anesthetic solutions to determine allergy. You will require more anesthesia beyond any topical cream for any face lift surgery.
A face lift is not one operation, but rather many potential operations dependent on the surgeon and patient to improve neck line, jowls, and facial aging. Typically most have face lift surgery on either IV sedation (twilight anesthesia) or general anesthesia. Either are good, safe options, with their own advantages and disadvantages. Some facial plastic surgeons perform face lift surgery under local anesthesia. Anesthesia may be provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist and/or nurse anesthetist dependent on the surgical facility.
The decision on the type of anesthesia depends on the extent of face lift surgery, combined cosmetic surgery procedures along with the face lift, patient factors/preference, and surgeon factors/preference. Face lift surgery is a completely elective procedure, and safety is the most important concern. While cosmetic surgery may be performed for many individuals in an office setting, it's safer in your situation to have surgery in a hospital setting.
Only after a comprehensive evaluation by a plastic surgeon can one choose the appropriate anesthesia type for plastic surgery. Best of luck.
First of all, test for allergies to other local anesthetics. Unless you have significant medical problems which have not been mentioned, a very light general anesthetic is very safe. There are many different techniques and levels of general anesthesia. Investigate your alternatives.
Yes there are alternatives to lidocaine anesthesia.
You can be tested the same way with Marcaine. The surgeon probably feels you will be more comfortable with general anesthesia at the same time which is the way most surgeons do this.