How will I feel during the injection of fillers?

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Patricia Farris, MD
Dermatology

You will experience minor discomfort during the injection of fillers.  Topical anesthetics applied to the skin before the procedure can minimize needle stick pain.  But most fillers are viscous so when they are injected they stretch the skin causing injection pain.  The good news is that the FDA has just approved hyaluronic acid fillers containing lidocaine.  Studies showed that patients injected with these fillers had signficantly less injection pain during the procedure.  Both Restylane and Juvederm now have lidocaine containing products and these are gaining favor as they are more comfortable to inject.   

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

If you imagine how it feels to have a substance injected under your eyes or near your mouth, you'd be about right. It's unpleasant, and it does hurt - but probably not as much as you think it will. Some areas of the face (usually places where nerves and vessels are closer to the surface such as the marionette lines, the lips, and the apples of the cheeks) are more painful than others. Also, bigger, more viscous fillers, such as Radiesse and Perlane, stretch the skin, and this creates an extremely achy, throbbing feeling for about twenty minutes right after the injection. It usually is not painful after the procedure is finished, though.

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