Would you dare have surgery while wide awake Woman has facelift with just LOCAL anesthetic – while her twin has a traditional procedure (but which one worked best)
23:10 GMT, 17 August 2012
A Los Angeles woman has trialled an 'experimental' facelift that uses local anesthetic rather than full anesthesia.
Miki Keller, 49, was alert and able to have a conversation as she underwent the hour-long procedure conducted by a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.
Her twin sister Donna compared the results by undergoing a traditional facelift, that used full anesthesia, on the same day. The results, two months later, were remarkably similar despite the significant difference in technique.
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Before and after: Miki Keller, a 49-year-old woman, has undergone an experimental facelift that involves local anesthetic rather than full anesthesia. She is seen before the surgery (left) and then once it has healed (right)
Wide awake: She was able to have a conversation while she underwent the experimental surgery, seen above
The doctor, who has been performing this type of surgery for six years, told Good Morning America: 'Within an hour after they get their facelift, they get up and walk out on their own'.
It costs around $12,000, which is about half of what a traditional facelift costs.
Dr Simoni also claimed that patients heal faster with the new technique and that results are more natural due to the fact that patients are performed upon as they sit up, rather than lie down.
Miki, who is delighted with the work, was able to see results eight weeks after she had undergone the surgery.
Results: Donna Keller seen prior to her traditional, full anesthesia facelift (left) and then afterwards (right)
Support: Miki (right) is the twin sister of Donna (left), who underwent a traditional facelift at the same time
She said that using local anesthetic is 'the only way to do it'.
'I would do it again,' she said. 'I wish I would have done it sooner.'
Miki's twin sister, Donna, also underwent a facelift of her own however her five-hour procedure was far more traditional and included full anesthesia.
Besides the facelift, she had an eye-lift, skin resurfacing, Botox and fat cell injections, which cost her $25,000 in total.
Donna admitted that her recovery process was 'brutal' but said she was happy with her results also.
Standing by: Donna (left) watched on as Miki (right) prepared for her experimental surgery in Beverly Hills
Expert: Dr Simoni (right) begins to prep Miki for surgery. His proposed surgical lines are seen on her face
Pleased: The sisters claim that they get compliments on their new looks, which are seen in the above image
Miki said: 'We get compliments from our friends. They say we haven't changed the way we look, we just look better.'
Dr Simoni, the man behind Miki's surgery, received his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University in New York.
He received his M.D. degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and worked as a general surgical resident at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital where he underwent facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery training.