Beauty injectable fillers such as Restylane(R), Perlane(R) and Juvederm(R) are popular for their ability to restore years of lost facial volume in moments. But for the more sensitive aesthetic patient, the possibility of experiencing injection discomfort or bruising inhibits them from receiving the dramatic visual improvement that could be theirs.
Dr. Jeffrey Adelglass, M.D., F.A.C.S., a cosmetic surgeon and Medical Director of SKINTASTIC Medical and Surgical Rejuvenation Center in Plano, Texas understands the sensitive aesthetic patient, intimately -- he is one. "I must confess that although I personally have injected thousands of patients with probably every FDA-approved injectable treatment on the market, I tend to get a little squeamish when it comes to receiving my own occasional injections -- I put them off until my lovely wife Barbara insists," Dr. Adelglass laughingly admits. "Being ultra-sensitive myself really has increased my empathy toward my patients, in a big way." SKINTASTIC aesthetic team members generally apply cold or other surface numbing to prepare cosmetic patients for their injections, but Dr. Adelglass understands that for some patients, that's still not enough.
Working with the currently-popular hyaluronic acid dermal fillers since they were first introduced, Dr. Adelglass has learned many injection tricks over the years, such as thinning Restylane(R) with Lidocaine for smoother injecting when treating very shallow, superficial lines. A small amount of Lidocaine, the most commonly-used anesthetic, can be safely combined with many dermal fillers to reduce injection discomfort for most sensitive patients. Dr. Adelglass sometimes adds Epinephrine to his fillers to reduce bruising, as well.
"Cosmetic filler companies are keenly aware that potential treatment discomfort is a major deterrent to many patients, and a couple are beginning to introduce fillers with Lidocaine to the aesthetic market in response," Dr. Adelglass continues. "I have been offering that service to my more sensitive patients at no additional charge for years, and will continue to."