Use of Topical Lidocaine for Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures
November 2007 | Volume 6 | Issue 11 | Original Article | 1104 | Copyright © November 2007
Divya Railan MD, Tina S. Alster MD
Topical anesthetic agents are frequently used by dermatologists to decrease the pain associated with a variety of cutaneous
procedures, including laser surgery, soft tissue augmentation, and other cosmetic surgical treatments. These lidocaine-containing
creams play an integral role in the cosmetic dermatology office by providing patient comfort with minimal side
effects. This review of topical lidocaine preparations should aid practitioners in the selection of an appropriate topical
anesthetic, taking into consideration its onset and duration of action and potential side effects.