Dr. Simoni Asks: Is General Anesthesia For Facelift Dangerous Enough to Make You Commit Suicide?

Jan 29, 2014, 14:09 ET from Simoni Plastic Surgery

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week a woman took off her clothes and jumped to her death from a fifteen story Beverly Hills building.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, she underwent a facelift. Due to the long surgery under anesthesia, she was reportedly kept overnight for observation and woke up the next day agitated and aggressive. Her change of mental status may have been from a reaction to anesthesia. 

Post surgery depression is a common known risk factor after facelifts.  Most surgeons have attributed the post surgical swelling and initial physical distortion as the main culprit for this mood change.  However, Dr. Payman Simoni, A Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, believes that anesthesia probably plays a significant role in making facelift patients depressed or suicidal as the above mentioned case.  Dr. Simoni has stopped using major anesthesia for his facelift procedures for the past 6 years.  "Having performed a few thousand facial procedures without anesthesia, I do not recall even a single patient reporting any major mood change following my facelifts," explained Dr. Simoni.  "This is a major contrast to what I used to experience before removing anesthesia from my facelift surgeries." 

Changes in mental function from general anesthesia have been well documented under the term POCD, post operative cognitive disorder.  Somehow, when combined with facelift, depression seems to be more prevalent.  It appears that anesthesia somehow triggers some metabolic and psychological changes when combined with a facelift. 

To avoid the risk of anesthesia, Dr. Simoni has pioneered a comprehensive wide awake facelift dubbed as Simoni Lift.  The individual is completely awake, yet comfortable and virtually pain free for the entire face lift procedure. Dr. Simoni states, "I have started wide awake face lift to avoid the risks of anesthesia.  General anesthesia side effect such as nausea is quite common.  What you might not know or even been told is that anesthesia seems to increase swelling, bleeding, and even pain after surgery.  I have noticed my patients are significantly less swollen and bruised when no anesthesia is used.  My patients can return to work in about 7 days after SimoniLift as opposed to a few weeks when anesthesia is used."

About Dr. Simoni
Dr. Simoni, a board certified facial plastic surgeon, has been featured in The New York Times, The View, Fox, CNN, CNBC, Extra, ET/The Insider, The Doctors.

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