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As I get older, I’m constantly searching for ways to maintain a youthful appearance. I faithfully apply moisturizer to my face two times each day. I also regularly utilize a portable microdermabrasion system. However, despite my efforts, I’m starting to notice some undesirable fine lines around my mouth and under my eyes. Therefore, I may need to step up my plan. I know my available options are plentiful. For example, I could choose to inject collagen into my lips, get Botox injections, or undergo a chemical peel. On this blog, you will learn about the advantages of undergoing various cosmetic procedures.

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Is It Safe For An MS Patient To Get A Facelift?

Adam Newman

You've been contemplating getting a facelift to rejuvenate your appearance, but now you've been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After coming to terms with this diagnosis and learning how to manage the chronic illness, you find that you still have an interest in a facelift. Can a person with MS safely have plastic surgery?  

Anesthesia Considerations

General anesthesia is a concern for every patient because there are some risks, although for most people, complications are unlikely. General anesthesia is a particular concern for MS patients because it can worsen symptoms or cause a flareup. There are two other possible options available. 

Options Without General Anesthesia

Mini Facelift

A less extensive facelift may create satisfactory results. This operation focuses on the lower part of the face and is helpful for tightening sagging skin at the jawline, which causes a jowly look. It also dramatically reduces wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and chin. The neck skin is tightened up as well.

This mini facelift is typically done with local anesthesia; some doctors also provide an oral sedative for relaxation. 

Full Facelift With Local Anesthesia & Sedation

A full facelift can be performed with local anesthesia, although many surgeons avoid doing this for two main reasons. The patient must have numerous injections of numbing agents, which is uncomfortable. In addition, many patients are anxious about surgery and will have trouble staying calm during the procedure. To help you stay calm, you can take an oral sedative for relaxation, just as you might with a mini facelift. 

Another option that many people find advantageous is an intravenous application known as twilight sedation. This can be a form of conscious sedation during which you are awake and aware of what's going on, or it can be provided in a greater dose so you fall asleep. This is a lighter effect than the type of unconsciousness that occurs with general anesthesia. There is no gas to inhale through a mask. 

Get Medical Clearance

Before you have cosmetic surgery, you must get clearance from your neurologist. Your neurologist may not provide clearance -- at least for now -- if your symptoms are currently progressing or if your condition causes severe symptoms. The types of medication you take also will be a concern. For instance, if you are taking corticosteroids, that can be a contraindication for cosmetic surgery. 

Begin by talking with your neurologist about your desire for a facelift. Ask any questions you have and see whether this doctor believes you're a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. Your neurologist and your plastic surgeon will want to stay in close contact as you get ready for your facelift. 


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