Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Eyelid Surgery and anesthesia

Whether you are seeking upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery in Houston, you will want to know what type of anesthesia is used during the procedure. Upper eyelid surgery is a procedure that can be performed simply under local anesthesia where you are awake and the surgeon simply injects the upper eyelid to numb the area. This is a straightforward cosmetic procedure and does not require general anesthesia.

Lower eyelid surgery will frequently require excision of lower eyelid fat bags. These fat deposits are very sensitive and if the patient is awake or sedated, require an extra injection of local anesthesia. Pulling on the lower eyelid with the transconjunctival blepharoplasty approach can also be uncomfortable for the patient. It is therefore recommended that the patient at least have some sedation on board to make it a more tolerable experience. This can be IV sedation using propofol or other agent. General anesthesia with a breathing tube is another option for lower eyelid surgery if the patient wants to be completely anesthetized during the surgery.

Dr. Funk performs eyelid surgery in Houston.