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Lidocaine with Dermal Fillers Improves Recovery

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 12, 2009

j0182629Millions of men and women seek wrinkle reduction with the use of dermal fillers or injectables, a set of injections that can make the skin appear smoother and more youthful immediately after treatment.

Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Botox can decrease lines and wrinkles while smoothing out and sculpting the face. Now, researchers are finding that when the injections are mixed with a certain amount of lidocaine, the patient experiences less swelling and pain from the procedure, and also spends less time in the office waiting for the anesthesia to take effect.

Plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern medical Center have outlined this innovative technique in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, indicating that lidocaine in the fillers will instantly minimize pain and make it easier on the patient. The addition of lidocaine also means a shorter recovery time.

According to Dr. Rod Rohric, chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern, the technique involves mixing 2 percent lidocaine with hyaluronic acid and other fillers to create a numbing effect while the injectable is administered into the skin. Dr. Rohric also points out that the addition of lidocaine is becoming more standard with the emergence of fillers such as Hydrelle and Prevelle which already have lidocaine in their list of ingredients.

Demand for minimally invasive procedures such as Restylane, Botox and Hydrelle continue to rise as more men and women seek alternatives to surgery in order to preserve their youthful appearance. Adding a certain concentration of lidocaine to the injectable may help the surgeon minimize the pain and swelling commonly associated with the procedure, and this may make the entire treatment more attractive to people who have refrained from undergoing the pain and discomfort associated with treatment.

More information about injectable fillers as an anti-aging treatment can be found here.


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