Are Laser Procedures Painful?

Before getting a laser treatment, patients usually want to know how it's going to feel.

Generally speaking, lighter laser treatments feel like hot pinpricks or scraping, while deeper treatments are significantly more intense. There are so many variables, however, that it can be difficult to accurately predict just how much pain you'll feel.

The discomfort felt by the patient depends greatly on the anesthesia used, but every patient has a different threshold for pain. While some are perfectly fine with 30 minutes of a topical anesthetic, others find they need oral medication to feel comfortable.

If you're concerned about pain, make sure you ask the doctor about which cooling measures will be used to maximize your comfort, and if he or she can recommend anything else to make the laser treatment more tolerable.

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