Topical Anesthetics for Cosmetic and Laser Dermatology
July 2005 | Volume 4 | Issue 4 | Original Article | 455 | Copyright © July 2005
Snehal P. Amin MD, David J. Goldberg MD
Many effective and simple topical anesthetic products are available today and commonly used in medical and non-medical
settings. The increased use of topical anesthetics, especially by non-physicians in the medical and non-medical settings,
has resulted in increased rates of complications including ineffective anesthesia, allergy, and even potential fatalities.
This review focuses on various techniques and formulations for topical anesthesia and their appropriate applications
in cosmetic and laser dermatology. In addition, the history, pharmacology, and clinical complications of topical
anesthetics are discussed.