Yes, we all know that injections can hurt and very few of us enjoy getting them. But an injection is way less invasive than surgery, isn’t it? You don’t have to get cut or be placed under general anesthesia, and the recovery time of a Juvéderm™ or BOTOX® treatment tends to be far less painful and uncomfortable when compared to the results achievable through an equivalent surgical procedure.
Perhaps you can take comfort in the fact that a topical anesthetic may be applied before the injection to help you cope with the pain and discomfort. The numbing cream can help ease discomfort and even reduce the severity of any swelling, particularly in more sensitive areas of the face. Your injection specialist will apply some on the skin in the area to be injected, then wait for a few minutes while it takes effect. Once the area is adequately numbed, you’ll then receive the injection. The thought of this can also help to make you more comfortable before the procedure, since you’ll know that it won’t hurt at all, or at least as much. Lidocaine has also been added to the Juvéderm formulation for added comfort.
Lidocaine is the same anesthetic that most of us receive when we get a root canal or cavity fixed at the dentist.