$3500 - $8000
What is an awake facelift?
An awake facelift refers to the lack of general anesthesia used during the facelift surgery. Depending on the candidate, anesthesiologist, and plastic surgeon, one of numerous facelift surgery techniques can be utilized during an awake facelift.
There are various types of anesthesia, however, they can generally be broken down into general anesthetics versus local anesthetics. General anesthesia is typically an intravenous sedation (IV sedation) in which an anesthesiologist carefully monitors vital signs (like blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate) to ensure a patient is properly sedated. In the awake facelift, a patient undergoes "conscious sedation" or twilight anesthesia with regional anesthesia or local anesthetics.
As in traditional facelift plastic surgeries, skin, fat, and muscle will be altered to create natural appearing results. The “awake” component means only local anesthesia will be used. Specifically, tumescent fluid which is a combination of epinephrine, local anesthetics like lidocaine, and saline, will be used to anesthetize the area to be treated.
What cosmetic concerns does an awake facelift procedure treat?
- Facial Skin Laxity: Alterations to skin, fat, and muscle may be performed during an awake facelift to achieve facial rejuvenation, and a more youthful appearance all under local anesthesia only.
Who is the ideal candidate for an awake facelift procedure?
The ideal candidate for an awake facelift has minor signs of aging, minimal excess skin or loose skin, and does not require a more traditional facelift technique for extensive facial corrections. An awake facelift is not recommended for candidates with severe signs of aging, excess skin, and loose skin that requires longer facelift surgery time.
What is the average recovery associated with an awake facelift procedure?
The recovery time associated with an awake facelift only differs in the immediate post operative experience. As there is no general anesthesia, and only local anesthesia is used, patients can expect to feel better more quickly while still at the plastic surgery facility. Long term recovery time will remain unchanged with sutures/bandages being removed after one week, and limitations on activities persisting for up to six weeks.
To better understand the healing and downtime associated with the procedure, check out our complete guide to facelift recovery.
What are the potential side effects of an awake facelift procedure?
Potential side effects from an awake facelift include discomfort during the procedure, bruising, swelling, bleeding, tightness, numbness, infection, nerve damage, and facial asymmetry.
What can someone expect from the results of an awake facelift procedure?The results of an awake facelift will be dependent on the facelift surgery technique utilized. In most facelift plastic surgery procedures results last from five to 15 years. All facelift results are subject to the continued effects of aging, and other natural exposures.
What is the average cost of an awake facelift procedure?
An awake facelift procedure can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000. The actual cost of an Awake Facelift is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to facelift cost.
- Quicker Recovery Immediately After Surgery
- Not Available For All Facelifts
- Patient Can Become Restless During Procedure
- Does Not Affect Long Term Recovery Times
What to Expect
An awake facelift describes the type of anesthesia used during a facelift procedure and not the surgical technique. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an awake facelift.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before
- Tumescent fluid is administered to anesthetize the target area
- Lidocaine is used to numb the operating area completely
- Once the patient is sufficiently numbed, the facelift operation is performed
1-14 Days After Treatment
- Face is swollen and bruised
- Turn head by moving shoulders, not the neck
- Limit jaw movement
- Take antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed
- Return to work after 2 weeks