Dr. David Fett Responds to New Plastic Surgery Study

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A new experimental procedure compares facelift procedures between identical twins; one subject elected for the traditional procedure that used full anesthesia, while the other opted for a new local-anesthetic procedure. Plastic surgeon Dr. David Fett comments on the results.

Although facelift procedures have existed for years, new developments in anesthetics offer a different approach to the procedure. A recent story from ABC News highlights a study conducted between a set of identical twins, both of which elected to have facelift procedures. However, the report notes that subjects Donna and Miki Keller chose surgeries that made use of varying anesthetic techniques. It states, “Donna chose to have a traditional surgical face-lift under full anesthesia, a five-hour procedure, while Miki elected to try an experimental face-lift using only local anesthetic, meaning she would be wide awake during the hour-long operation.” Encouraged by this study, Dr. David Fett examines the results, noting that modern anesthesia has allowed for many options within the plastic surgery field.

Although Donna and Miki Keller both report to ABC that they are happy with the results of their procedures, the story notes that the plastic surgeon behind “awake” one-hour procedure explains that the technique may offer better results. According to ABC, “Dr. Payman Simoni—a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif.—has been performing anesthesia-free facelifts for the past six years and said that patients can heal faster with the new technique. He also said the face-lift results appear more natural because the work is done while a patient is sitting up as opposed to lying down.” Those who opt to have the traditional five-hour technique, such as Donna Keller, usually have to stay over-night for recovery.

When asked for a comparison of the procedure, ABC notes, “Donna, who underwent the five-hour procedure, said her recovery was initially ‘brutal’ but is happy with the results. Miki, on the other hand, said the anesthesia-free route is ‘the only way to do it.'” Dr. David Fett responds to the study by noting that with today’s advancements in anesthesiology, patients should not experience any pain during the procedure.

Dr. David Fett, who specializes in eyelift procedures, explains his technique, “Our patients are not ‘awake’ for eyelid surgery, and we do not need their cooperation. We use IV sedation with Propofol. The patient is not paralyzed and does not breathe an anesthetic gas. The medicine is given via vein, and the patient can go home with a family member within one to two hours of the surgery.”

Dr. David Fett is a Los Angeles-based eyelid surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery to correct droopy eyelids, bags under the eyes, and eyelid asymmetry. As one of the most experienced eyelid specialists in the United States, Dr. Fett has performed more than 30,000 ophthalmic plastic surgery procedures to treat a wide variety of conditions including ptosis ocular surgery, reconstructive and cosmetic eyelid surgery, ectropion surgery and entropion surgery. Dr. David Fett pioneered the use of advanced C02 laser technology that may minimize swelling and discomfort and hasten recovery. Combining his knowledge of ophthalmology and plastic surgery, he currently serves patients at the Fett Eyelid Center in West Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Fett has served on the faculty of the world-renowned Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA for more than 20 years and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine.

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