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Patient Notice Regarding COVID-19

Our patients, visitors, employees and family are our top priority at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc. At this time we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness consistent with the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while continuing to provide the highest level of medical care.

  1. We always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.
  2. Hand washing is strictly followed and sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. If you have traveled in the past 14 days to countries with widespread transmission or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of these countries in the past 14 days, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  4. If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  5. If we notice that you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, we will reschedule your appointment.
  6. If your appointment is rescheduled for the above reasons and you are in need of immediate treatment, please call your family physician for advice and instructions.
  7. We request that you refrain from bringing visitors to your appointment unless they are needed to assist you.
  8. Nonessential visitors will be asked to wait in their car or outside of the office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation

- Your team at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc.

Local Anesthesia Philadelphia

As one of the most accomplished Philadelphia facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Jonathan Pontell is dedicated to enhancing patients’ appearance and self-image through advanced facial cosmetic surgery procedures. He performs a number of treatments aimed at emphasizing the natural beauty of the face, reducing the signs of aging, or reconstructing a face injured in accidents or affected by various medical conditions. Dr. Pontell offers many of the latest surgical techniques and technologies in order to deliver exceptional results in the safest, least invasive manner possible. He performs many facial cosmetic procedures while the patient is under local anesthesia. To learn more about this method, explore the information below.

Types of Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia can be administered in the form of an injection, cream or spray.

The application of an anesthetic cream is appropriate for most non-surgical facial procedures, such as chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing. For surgical facial procedures, Dr. Pontell administers local anesthesia through an injection. Once the anesthetic solution is injected into the surgical site, this area becomes numb.

In order to enhance the relaxing, anxiety-relieving aspect, Dr. Pontell often combines local anesthesia with oral Ativan to relax the patient. The goal of oral Ativan is not to numb the surgical site but to make the patient more comfortable.

Important Considerations for Local Anesthesia

Most importantly, you should discuss with Dr. Pontell any allergies or adverse reactions you might have. You should also disclose all medications you are taking, including any supplements and over-the counter drugs. You should also discuss important lifestyle aspects, such as smoking. If you are having general or intravenous anesthesia, Dr. Pontell and your anesthesiologist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for you surgery. You will be instructed not to eat for 12 hours before the treatment.

This is necessary to avoid one of the more common complications of anesthesia – vomiting during the procedure, which can obstruct breathing and create other safety concerns. You will be also instructed to arrange for somebody else to stay with you during the first 24 hours after your procedure while the effects of anesthesia wear off completely. During this time, you won’t be able to perform certain activities, such as driving, operating machinery and other tasks that require a high degree of concentration.

Schedule Your Appointment with Dr. Pontell Today

If you have been thinking about facial plastic surgery, schedule your appointment with Dr. Jonathan Pontell today by calling his offices at (610) 549-4641. During your consultation at his South New Jersey / Pennsylvania practice, he will discuss the available anesthesia options and answer any questions you might have. Dr. Pontell will also perform an evaluation of your skin and bone structure and recommend the most appropriate procedures. As a talented facelift, neck lift, brow lift and eyelid surgeryPhiladelphia surgeon, he has many decades’ experience delivering highly rewarding results for his patients. Other procedures available at Dr. Pontell’s offices include chin implants, cheek implants, BOTOX® Cosmetics, Ultherapy and nose surgery in Philadelphia.

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