Ask a doctor

Can you stay awake for Total FX laser resurfacing?

Can you stay awake for specifically total fx and just have topical anesthesia/ numbing shots etc instead of being put under? or would it be too much pain to take? Thanks

Doctor Answers 2

In our office we always do this procedure under topical anesthesia

Thanks for your question – and in our office we always do this procedure under topical anesthesia. If someone is telling you something different, then you need to question him or her further. As dermatologists, we do this procedure all the time and never have to use sedation for it.

Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Total Fx

Total Fx can be done under topical/local anesthesia, especially if you have nerve block injections by your doctor.  The safer route may be to have an anesthesiologist present to give you IV sedation and pain medication as needed. But it can be done either way.  Make sure to review it with your doctor and have all your questions answered. 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.