IPL Numbing Cream BTL better than EMLA

Written by on December 14, 2005 in IPL, laser therapy with 0 Comments

The topic of how best to cope with the pain of a laser or IPL treatment session is a recurring topic on rosacea-support. Luckily for us, Dr. Soldo has been an Anesthestist for 30 years.

In Dr. Soldo’s post on numbing before IPL, he explains why his usage of a custom combination of BTL – betacaine, tetracaine and lidocaine is preferable to EMLA.

EMLA Cream (lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5%) is indicated as a topical anesthetic for use on normal intact skin for local analgesia (pain relief).

Am glad this topic came up so we can clarify it — Lidocaine is a vasodilator and when combined with betacaine and tetracaine as we use in our office it still maintains its vasodilating abilities — when combined with prilocaine (as in EMLA) then it vasoconstricts — So the BTL mixture vasodilates as well as anesthetizes — DR S

This information does not constitute medical advice. Any individual who believes they are suffering from any medical condition, including, but not limited to rosacea, should seek treatment from a licensed medical physician who is qualified to diagnose and treat the particular condition. N. Soldo, M. D.

Dr. Soldo has has previously stated that he always uses a numbing cream when performing IPL treatments.

Dr. Dury also states in his post that “I offer numbing creams as requested, and have had no adverse reactions and do not feel the cream is detrimental to the results.”

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