Dr Goldvasser uses a CO2 laser known as the LightScalpel® for releasing a tongue-tie or lip-tie. This laser allows for a minimally invasive and quick procedure. Unlike a procedure with a surgical scalpel, a CO2 laser minimizes the need for dental anesthesia. Most of all, it provides a more comfortable experience during the procedure and post-operatively. A CO2 laser controls bleeding and creates a clear surgical site, with typically no need for any sutures and minimal post-operative swelling and scarring. CO2 laser surgery also provides more rapid recovery and healing times.
The procedure itself takes less than a minute to complete with little or no bleeding. Depending on the age of the patient, topical anesthetic gel, or possibly an injection of local anesthetic may be all that is needed to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Dr. Goldvasser will discuss the use of anesthetic at the consultation appointment.
After the procedure, patients can typically resume normal activities. Infants and babies can be fed immediately after the procedure, and most have improved feeding right away. In some cases, though, it can take time for a baby or child to get used to feeding, chewing, swallowing with a newly unrestricted tongue.
Dr. Goldvasser and his team will provide detailed post-operative instructions and care for patients and their parents.