Top 6 Tips to Decrease Pain from Injectables

Facial injectables are considered by many to be the quickest and least invasive anti-aging solution. They are beneficial for those seeking to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the face when a facelift, neck lift, or other surgical procedure is not yet necessary.

Botox and Dysport work differently from facial fillers, such as Juvéderm, Restylane and Sculptra, though they are all administered through injections.

Botox and Dysport temporarily paralyze muscles so that wrinkles are softened or eliminated. They are most often used in the forehead, frown line area, and crowsfeet areas. Dermal fillers work to plump or promote collagen growth in aging skin where the body is no longer producing as much collagen. I use these products for patients who are looking to plump sunken skin or fill lines. They are mostly used in the cheeks, lips and around the mouth.

My patients who come in for injectable treatments expect to be able to go about the rest of their day after little or no downtime and without other people knowing they had anything done. While this is certainly possible, there is some level of discomfort and irritation associated with any type of injection. This is why I recommend the following tips to help my patients minimize any discomfort and recover quickly from the procedures.


6 Tips to Decrease Pain and Physical Signs of Injectables:

  1. Topical Anesthetic Cream – A topical anesthetic numbing cream is applied to the injection sites so that there is less sensation when the tiny needle is inserted. It is optimum to apply the topical anesthetic, such as Topicaine, 45 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  2. Ice Pack – We provide an ice pack to apply to the injection sites to help alleviate discomfort and minimize post-procedure swelling.
  3. OTC Pain Relievers – You can take over-the-counter pain medicines such as Tylenol prior to the procedure, but avoid Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen – these medications will thin the blood and cause increased bleeding and bruising following the procedure. Furthermore avoid ALL medications and herbal supplements that thin the blood (Vitamin E oil, fish oil, Omega 3 oils, ginseng, garlic, NSAIDS) for 10 days prior.
  4. Avoid heat, sun exposure, strenuous activity or alcoholic beverages following Hyaluronic Acid fillers like Juvéderm – They can cause temporary redness, swelling or itching.
  5. Avoid massaging areas that have been treated with Botox or Dysport – You do not want to disperse the solution outside of the injected areas. However, you may massage any post treatment bumps visible from swelling at the filler sites. Further use of cool compresses may also be helpful.
  6. Avoid scheduling your appointment at the time of your menses – Pain tolerance is typically lower during this time of the month.

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