A recent article published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons details advances in techniques used for fillers and Botox treatments. Dr. Rod J. Rohrich and Dr. Kathleen S. Herbig, the study’s authors, demonstrate Dr. Rohrich’s technique for maximizing comfort for patients. These techniques help to reduce bruising and swelling and keep downtime to a minimum. In addition, by mixing a small amount of anesthetic into selected fillers, the overall time of the procedure can be reduced drastically.
“Minimizing Pain, Maximizing Comfort: A New Technique for Facial Filler Injections”, Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., Kathleen S. Herbig, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Volume 124, Number 4, Page 1328.
In today’s fast-paces society, people are searching for the fountain of youth between meetings and lunch breaks. Facial rejuvenation is a goal for thousands of people in our aging population. However, patients are seeking procedures with minimal downtime, morbidity, and pain so that they may return with minimal interruption to their demanding schedules.
We present an off-label use of facial fillers to minimize pain and maximize comfort during the administration of 1 cc of 2% lidocaine concomitantly with the delivery of the injection. Patients remain comfortable and injections are well tolerated along all aspects of the face. The time of the procedure is also significantly shortened by not having to wait for the effects of anesthetic creams or facial blocks. This allows for the patient to receive their “lunchtime” treatment and get back to their daily routines with minimal pain or downtime.