Rebric in Albertville, Al asks:

“I will be taking one hydrocodone/apap 7.5/500mg tablet and one diazepam 10 mg 1/2 hour prior to the surgery and given a local numbing injection. Do you know from your experience if this a comfortable option compared to general sedation? Plus have you performed this surgery without the protective eye lens cover?”

Generally upper eyelid surgery can be performed quite comfortably and safely under local anesthesia with addition of Valium sedative and pain medication.  A large majority of patients will do well and tolerate this modality of anesthesia.  The eye is easily well protected when an experienced blepharoplasty surgeon performs the surgery.

David Q. Santos, MD

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon