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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 3

Total Fx

We perform all total face laser resurfacing with Total FX under IV sedation, as it is much more comfortable for our patients. If we are doing eyelids or around the mouth, we routinely use local anesthesia.

Fort Lauderdale Oculoplastic Surgeon
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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.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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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
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