Local anaesthesia is used for the procedure. The nasal ring block technique completely numbs the nose. During his practice, Dr Cormac often uses anaesthetic gel to prepare the nose. The procedure is painless once the anaesthetic is applied. The CO2 laser will not cause any discomfort during the procedure.
The nose will be cleaned and prepared by Dr Cormac prior to applying the anaesthetic gel. A 40-minute period will be required for the application of the anaesthetic gel. A nasal anaesthetic ring block will be injected after the gel is removed.
Following complete numbing of the nose, Dr Cormac will use the CO2 laser to treat the problem. To begin with, the excess skin tissue will be removed. Depending on the amount of excess skin tissue, different methods may be utilized. With the laser, a lump or nodule that is large can be actually cut off. Debulking and removing excess tissue are usually achieved with the CO2 laser in continuous wave mode with high power output.
In order to restore the original shape of the nose, Dr Cormac will use a pulsed mode to sculpt and shape the remaining tissue. A controlled full ablation will then be performed on the rest of the nose, blending the skin and avoiding obvious scarring.