Can bleph eyelid surgery be done without anesthesia? If so, how does it work?
A: It depends on what you call “anesthesia.”
As you can see from all of the responses, most surgeons have recommended “local anesthesia,” which is a form of anesthesia, simply not the type in which you go to sleep. I recommend local anesthesia, which requires placing anesthetic with a small needle in and around the area for surgery. Placing the anesthetic can be uncomfortable, but generally well tolerated. The advantage is that you can participate in opening and closing your eyelids. This can be a critical part of the operation.
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