What kind of anesthesia is used during eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery?
Our Bellevue and Seattle patients usually undergo IV sedation, “twilight sleep,” anesthesia for maximum comfort and safety during eyelid lift procedures. With IV sedation, the patient has a pain free experience without recollection, but continues breathing on her own without use of a breathing tube. Some patients, however, prefer and can be done under only local anesthesia to numb the eyelid skin, without use of intravenous medications. Whichever technique is used, the goal is safety and comfort. Most patients wake up, ready to be accompanied home within 30 minutes after surgery.