Myth 2: “Aren’t fillers extremely painful?”
No, fillers are not extremely painful. In fact, we pride our practice on making every procedure as comfortable as possible. Not only do ALL of our fillers already contain a 1% Lidocaine mixture, but we also apply a strong topical numbing agent prior to injection. Our topical ointment is comprised of Lidocaine, Tetracaine, and Phenylephrine. We apply the ointment to the areas we will be treating and allow it to sit for at least 10-15 minutes to gain the numbing benefits. For most patients this achieves a completely numb experience with little discomfort if not. I also use ice sticks throughout the injection process to help decrease inflammation. Another great product we love is Arnica. Arnica is a homeopathic medication used to temporarily relieve bruising, swelling, and pain associated with tissue injury. I apply it to every filler patient before we finish, and also educate they use the topical form and/or the pill form as they recover. Lastly, I send everyone home with a travel size reusable gel ice pack to use for the next 24- 48 hours. So in fact, fillers are really easy. Most of my patients say “Wow I should have started this a long time ago”.