While there is no denying about the youthful effects of BOTOX® and dermal fillers, there is always the fear associated with administering the treatment. As injectables involve the use of needles, many believe that the procedure is painful. This can cause some patients to think twice about or forego getting the treatment.
It is common and normal to have the same fear or concern. If you’re thinking of getting Botox, fillers, or other injectable treatments, the following tips can help overcome your fear of needles.
1. Share or talk about your fears.
Let your injector or aesthetic doctor know about your fears. This can help make the entire procedure less stressful, as well as calm your mind and ease your anxiety. Sharing your concerns, furthermore, will enable the doctor to become more prepared, take special precautions, and offer suggestions to make you feel more comfortable.
2. Request for topical anesthetic or numbing agents.
Many injectables like fillers contain lidocaine, which is an anesthetic that has a numbing effect. This makes the procedure more tolerable with minimal to no pain. If you, however, are still worried about the injection, you can request for ice or topical anesthetics. You may also be glad to know that with Botox a numbing cream is used before the procedure.
3. Learn more about the treatment
Misinformation or lack of knowledge can sometimes cause fears, which can then prevent you from pursuing something. This is why it only makes sense to try to learn as much as possible about the procedure. More knowledge about the treatment can help build or improve your confidence, which is beneficial in easing your fears.
4. Engage in breathing exercises.
Breathing slowly and deeply can help calm your nerves and reduce stress. Prior to your treatment, you can try doing breathing exercises or using relaxation techniques like meditation. It is still possible to experience some fear, but focusing on your breathing or meditating before the treatment can make your symptoms less severe.
5. Choose a skilled and experienced injector
The skill and experience of your provider or aesthetic doctor can make a big difference on how you’ll feel during the treatment. Our very own Dr. Sylvia Ramirez is a US Board certified physician and is an experienced Botox and filler injector for many years. She also prefers a natural look for her patients, so you can be assured that you’re in good hands.
Important things to know about Botox and fillers
Both Botox and dermal fillers are administered through injections, but the treatments are not painful. Some describe the sensation like tiny ant bites, but this still varies from patient to patient. The presence of lidocaine in the fillers and the application of numbing cream can improve patient comfort.
With regards to how they work, Botox uses a neurotoxin protein to temporarily paralyze the muscle, blocking the signal from a nerve to a muscle. This then relaxes the facial wrinkles. Fillers, on the other hand, improves the skin’s supply of a certain substance like hyaluronic acid to soften lines, restore volume, and revitalize the skin.
The results of both injectables also vary. It can take about two weeks to see the full effects of Botox, while in most fillers, they can be seen immediately. Botox can last from three to six months whereas dermal fillers can last between 9 and 18 months. This, of course, depends on the type of fillers used.
Schedule a consultation today
If you’re considering Botox, fillers, or other injectables but are worried about the injections, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our staff members at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics will help ease your fears and try everything to make the procedure more comfortable. Contact us today and let us be your partner in achieving your beauty goals.