You may have recently heard a close friend of yours talking about their experience when they “had their facelift done without general anesthesia.” It is possible that your first impression was: Is that even possible? The answer is yes.

More and more aesthetic surgical procedures are done under local anesthesia or moderate sedation. This is not something new in plastic surgery, but something that is trending. The benefits of moderate sedation, when compared to general anesthesia are vast and, potential candidates continue to be concerned about “going under” or having general anesthesia despite its proven safety.