Antiwrinkle injections are not very painful and the majority of patients are happy with ice as a pain prevention method. For those patients who are very pain sensitive, or needle phobic, we have the following options:
The general options for pain relief for antiwrinkle injections are:
Ice is always used with antiwrinkle injections, it helps the pain, and as importantly, it reduces the likelihood of bruising
* Topical anaesthetic (eg EMLA / LMX etc ):
These are creams /ointments which are applied to the skin. They work best if applied for 45 minutes with clingwrap placed over the anaesthetic on the skin.
* Happy Gas (Entonox):
Entonox is a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which can be inhaled by the patient 2 minutes before and during a procedure, to reduce the pain and anxiety related to a procedure.
Penthrox is another inhaled substance, which is inhaled prior to and during a procedure, providing pain and anxiety relief.
* The Ouchless Needle
This is an attachment to a needle which sprays a cooling spray prior to the injection, which significantly reduces the pain
Anxiety Relief during antiwrinkle injection procedure
For those patients who are needle phobic, feeling very anxious about the procedure, or are very anxious about the potential pain of a procedure may be given a Valium (diazepam) 30 minutes prior to the procedure. If patients are going to use this option, they may not drive after the procedure.
Inhaling happy gas prior to and during antiwrinkle injections
Happy patient after Happy Gas:)