Topical Anesthesia

Paul M. Friedman, Erick A. Mafong, Adrienne S. Glaich, Roy G. Geronemus

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With the emergence of new laser and surgical techniques, the need for more effective topical anesthesia continues to grow. There are now several topical preparations of local anesthetics that are being used prior to various dermatologic procedures. Eutectic mixture of local anesthetics (EMLA) is the most frequently used agent prior to dermatologic procedures; however, there has been a recent release of newer topical anesthetics claiming increased efficacy and faster onset of action. We review and compare the efficacy of several commonly used topical anesthetics and provide a glimpse into the future developments in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Techniques in Dermatologic Surgery
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780849350955
ISBN (Print)9780824754051
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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