What to Expect
In general, the procedure is very well-tolerated by children. We take every measure to ensure that pain and stress during the procedure is minimized.
- General anesthesia is not utilized in the office and is almost never needed to perform the procedure.
- Due to laser safety regulations, parents are not allowed in the treatment room during the procedure. I will carry your baby to and from the room, and the approximate time away from you is about 3 minutes. The actual time of lasering is 15-30 seconds.
- For babies under the age of 12 months, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area(s) that will be treated. This medication works very quickly.
- For children 12 months of age or older, numbing cream is applied. In some instances, an injected local anesthetic may be applied for additional anesthesia.
- Crying and fussing are common during and after the procedure. In older children, we have the option of giving an oral dose of Versed (midazolam), which is a relaxing medicine similar to Valium. It is very safe in children and begins working in 20-30 minutes. It helps alleviate separation anxiety in addition to providing an amnesia-like effect during the procedure. It lasts about 90-120 minutes.
- You may breastfeed, bottle-feed, or soothe your baby in any manner you'd like following the procedure. You may stay as long as necessary.