Although patients choose to have plastic surgery procedures to enhance their appearances, they are not necessarily looking for a drastic physical change. There are some patients who only need a small enhancement to reach their surgical goals. If these desired adjustments are minimal enough to only require a minimally invasive procedure, general anesthesia may not be necessary. For that reason, I refined my original Band Aid Facelift in 1997, which is my version of a “mini” facelift, to provide for patients whose aged appearance doesn’t yet call for the traditional facelift. Since then I’ve continued to refine traditional cosmetic procedures, and I now offer Band Aid Blepharoplasty, Band Aid Brow Lift, Band Aid Liposuction, and Band Aid Tummy Tuck as well. Although I would love to offer Band Aid versions of each traditional plastic surgery procedure, a Band Aid procedure is not always feasible.
Take breast procedures for example. Though there are some surgeons who perform “mini” breast enhancements with only gentle numbing (often called “awake breast augmentation”), it is important to understand that breast enhancement surgery is an elaborate procedure. Keeping patient comfort as top priority, breast procedures, including breast reduction and breast lift are best performed under general anesthesia. Another intricate procedure that is not a good fit for a Band Aid technique is nose surgery (rhinoplasty). It is also important to understand that just because certain procedures lend themselves to a Band Aid technique, doesn’t mean that the Band Aid version of the particular procedure is suitable for every patient. More