When this patient contacted Dr. Sadati, she had multiple concerns regarding procedures, technique, and anesthesia. As seen in her “before” pictures, her skin had begun to lose its elasticity, and her facial symmetry was suffering. She wanted to “ditch the turkey neck” and sagging jowls but was worried about the pain and side effects related to going under anesthesia.
Dr. Sadati explained that there would be no pain during the procedure and that most patients have minimal pain for just a few days after, which can easily be managed with Tylenol. She was excited to learn that he would use local anesthesia with twilight sedation, which is similar to the kind used during standard colonoscopy procedures.
Her surgery included removing excess fat and skin from the neck, face, and eyelid area and then tightening the underlying muscles and tendons uniformly to give her a firmer, balanced appearance. Since she also had some textural skin problems, he used a CO2 Laser to resurface her skin, further removing wrinkles and diminishing dark age spots. After eight weeks, she returned for her “after” pictures and said, “I look like I’m in my 40s instead of my 60s! I’ve added another 5-star review to your growing list of 600+ ultra-satisfied clients.”
Since general anesthesia comes with added risks and unwanted side effects, such as dizziness, vomiting, and nausea, Dr. Sadati performs all facelifts with local anesthesia and twilight sedation. The sedation puts patients into a comfortable but deep sleep where they breathe freely on their own without the need for a respirator. The local anesthesia numbs targeted areas of the face and makes the process painless. If you’ve ever had a colonoscopy and were unaware of the procedure, the effect is similar. Ultimately, the combination, along with Dr. Sadati’s special injection technique, equates to a pain-free procedure and a quicker recovery, which is why he has performed over 3,500 facelift procedures with exceptional outcomes.