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BOTOX® Cosmetic Injectable Fillers Non-Surgical

Will I Need Anesthesia before My Injectable Treatment?

For any injectable treatment, a reputable treatment center will take a number of steps to help make sure your procedure involves little to no discomfort. While the risks are low and these procedures are quick, cleanliness and safety procedures are important. Your injector will usually start with removing any makeup and cleaning the area thoroughly with alcohol pads.  A local or topical anesthetic is the next step; since injections are small and fast, this is usually more than enough to numb the area thoroughly.

Local anesthetics help prevent pain during surgical, medical, or dental procedures, and the same methods can help ensure comfort in larger-scale nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, too. Some doctors will also recommend an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication beforehand, just to keep any swelling down to minimize discomfort and help your tissues heal faster. If you are concerned about the possibility of minor discomfort after your procedure, your doctor might also recommend a mild, over-the-counter anesthetic or soothing cream such as the types used for rashes and bug bites. In most cases, this is not necessary — but in every case it’s important to clear any supplemental remedies with your doctor ahead of time to prevent problems.

Some doctors do prefer local anesthesia before the treatment to numb the site and allow for maximum comfort and convenience while the injectable filler is being applied. Check with your doctor beforehand if you are particularly concerned about the risk of discomfort and would prefer a local anesthetic, or if you have had problems handling injected anesthesia in the past and need to consider an alternative.

A major benefit of these procedures is that regardless of which option your surgeon prefers to numb the area, general anesthesia (and the risks associated with it) are not necessary. Whether your doctor prefers a local anesthetic injection or another method to help ensure your comfort, either method allows for extremely fast, focused treatment without the complications and risks of more extensive surgical procedures.

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