Facial Aesthetic Surgery: The Safe Use of Oral Sedation in an Office-Based Facility.

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Daniel R. Butz, MD Kiranjeet K. Gill, MD Jasmine Randle Natalie Kampf Julius W. Few, MD

Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 36, Issue 2, 1 February 2016, Pages 127–131

Published: 07 October 2015


The desire for efficient and safe office-based facial plastic surgery procedures has continued to rise. Oral sedation is a safe and effective method to provide anesthesia for facial aesthetic surgery.


This study reviewed private practice anesthesia-related outcomes using oral sedation combined with local anesthesia for office-based facial aesthetic surgery procedures.


A retrospective chart review was performed on all patients who underwent office-based facial plastic surgery procedures from July 2008 to July 2014. Patient demographic data including age, gender, body mass index (BMI), past medical history, social history, surgical history, allergies, and medications were collected. Anesthesia-related data were also collected including: American Society of Anesthesia (ASA) class, type of procedure, medications administered, and major complications related to sedation were assessed.


There were 199 patients (23 males and 176 females) who underwent 283 facial aesthetic surgical procedures. Mean age was 49.8 years (range, 29 to 80 years). There were 195 patients in ASA class I and 4 patients were in ASA class II. Patients underwent 44 upper blepharoplasty procedures, 35 lower blepharoplasty procedures, 5 browlifts, 43 upper blepharoplasty-browpexy, 46 facelifts, 38 neck lifts/lower facelifts, 54 fat grafting, 3 tip rhinoplasties, and 15 minor revision cases. During the study period, there were no major complications and no sedation issues.


Facial aesthetic surgical procedures can be performed safely and comfortably in the office-based setting under oral sedation in appropriately selected patients.

Level of Evidence: 4