As many of you who have received injected fillers from us at Maine Laser Skin Care know, your comfort during the injection procedure is one of my highest priorities. A topical numbing gel is applied over the facial area prior to injection. Also, since the FDA has approved this technique this year, I have added lidocaine to the various fillers we use: Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse.
Lidocaine is an amino acid used to relieve itching, burning, and pain from skin inflammation. It is closely related to Novocaine, which has been used for dental injections for years. The pharmaceutical companies Medicis (Restylane, Perlane) and Allergan (Juvederm) have announced approval from the FDA to add lidocaine to their products during the manufacturing process. This will allow a slightly higher concentration of lidocaine to be used and does not effect the appearance of the filler after injection.
In studies for the FDA, 72-95% of patients treated with these combination products noted significantly reduced pain level from the time of injection to one hour post-treatment. 95-100% of patients with moderate to severe facial skin folds still rated appearance results as “improved” to “very much improved”. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, no serious adverse effects were reported in these studies. I want to keep you looking good and feeling good with minimal discomfort in the process.
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