i hate needles more than anything becs of pain. irrational, i know. i heard botox cosmetic can be really painful to get injected. if thats true, i'll have to live with the forhead wrinkles!
Is Botox Painful?
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Botox pain, not really
I am amazed how many women refuse any sort of pain relief measures. Men are a different story. Most of my Botox veterans deign any pain relief at all, but it is certainly available.
Patients can be pre-treated with a topical anesthetic to the areas that we intend to inject. Properly formulated, these can do an amazing job. After trying a number of pharmacies, we have found one here in Virginia Beach which provides amazing pain relief.
We can also use a Zimmer cool air device if needed, which further nullifies the prick from the needle.
Injections are done with a 31 gauge needle which is smaller than a TB test or diabetes injection needle.
Finally, ice or cool packs can further blunt the mild pain. These should be used prior to and just after the injections.
Incidentally, as the physicians and patients on this site can attest, injections into the crow's feet and forehead regions are barely perceived. Most "newbies" are surprised about the former. Injections into the glabellar area are a bit more painful but certainly are well tolerated.
Is Botox Painful?
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No, No, No...Botox injections are not painful...
and most of us use a topical numbing cream and maybe some ice on top of that...so no, botox is not painful...in fact in the forehead you can hardly feel it...and remember it's the same needle diabetics use to give themselves insulin injections with several times a day and you never hear about pain in these instances...but some people have panic attacks at the thought of any shot...now that's a different issue...one totally unrelated to pain...
Botox Injections Are Mostly Painless
A very tiny needle is all that is needed for the procedure. Some patients report minor and temporary discomfort from the injection. Ice packs maybe used to help minimize the discomfort and any swelling in the injection site. “Dr. D”
BOTOX is mostly painless!
Very rarely, do I come across someone who requires topical numbing cream before BOTOX. Most people tolerate it very well indeed!
But if you feel that you will need some pain relief, topical numbing cream is a very good option, your doctor will be able to provide you.
Botox is generlally not deemed painful
Almost everyone agrees that botox is not painful. For a select few, pain relief measures of topical anesthethic or a cooling device.
Don't fear botox pain!
Botox injections are typically done with such a tiny needle that they are virtually painless. If you fear needles and the pain of even a small needle, then ask your provider to apply some topical numbing cream prior to injection to numb the skin. You will be pleasantly surprised how easy botox injections are with a consciencious and experienced injector.
Reducing the pain of Botox injection
As injections go, Botox isn't too bad. However, no matter how tiny the needle, no one really enjoys getting injected. Although I have many patients who are unfazed by Botox, I usually recommend:
1. Ice: This helps numb the areas prior to injection.
2. Topical anesthetic ointment (numbing cream): To be effective, this should be placed at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to the injection.
3. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas): This makes you feel as if you've had a couple martinis before the injection, and it wears off about 5 minutes after the injection.
Using one or more of these measures, the pain of Botox injections can be well-controlled and is minimal in most patients.
Botox treatment minimally painful
Botox is injected into the areas being treated with a very small syringe and very small needle. The injections themselves are fairly quick as well. Most of our patients find the treatment very easy and never even ask about topical numbing (anesthesia). I have never had a patient complain about the pain of getting Botox nor have I had a patient not come back for Botox because of discomfort during the treatment. Botox is considered a fairly painless and very safe procedure.
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