July 23, 2010
-- Recent advances in plastic surgery have enabled shorter recovery times, less scarring, and more consistent results. Although these technologies are primarily focused on surgical procedures, manufacturers of facial fillers are also raising the bar for patient comfort. Both Restylane ( http://www.restylaneusa.com/
lidocaine/index.html ) and Juvederm now are available with lidocaine, a local anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort.
With lidocaine being added to these facial fillers, patients do not have to expect as much discomfort from their procedure. According to Restylane studies, "72% of patients reported significantly less pain during treatment with a lidocaine-based filler."
Pharmaceutical companies add approximately 0.3% lidocaine to their facial fillers, minimizing pain and offering more solutions to plastic surgeons. Dr. Robert Heck( http://www.robertheckmd.com/
), a Columbus, Ohio-based plastic surgeon believes the introduction of lidocaine based facial fillers yields significant benefits to the patient. "This is a great breakthrough in the world of injectables. Previously, one of the biggest downsides to injectables was the pain associated with the injections. With the addition of Lidocaine, these injections are more comfortable for the patient without decreasing the effectiveness of the product," he said.
These facial fillers also do not diminish lasting quality or the desired results of the patient. The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology ( http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123299072/abst...
) recently came to this conclusion when testing a facial filler with and without lidocaine. With lidocaine garnering such a favorable following, it is possible that many more injectable treatments will go 'pain free.'
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Dr. Robert Heck is a board certified plastic surgeon based in Columbus, Ohio with over 10 years of experience in various forms of cosmetic surgery including: breast augmentation, breast implants, breast lifts, face lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, laser bra surgery, labiaplasty & more.