Do you dream of full lips? Have the wrinkles on your forehead started to bother you? Or maybe you want to get rid of unwanted dark circles under your eyes? You are looking for information on the Internet, but from the flurry of thoughts you don’t know what to do anymore yourself…. Above all, the question on your mind is “Does beautification hurt?” Once you find the answer, you’ll finally be able to enjoy the benefits of aesthetic medicine.


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Fortunately, most cosmetological procedures are very pleasant for consumers and do not require the implementation of additional procedures. A whole range of skin care treatments, massages and special occasion makeup are painless, relaxing procedures that patients go for eagerly, even looking forward to their coveted appointment.
Among the most unpleasant procedures in this area are laser therapies, as well as permanent makeup. All these procedures should be preceded by adequate anesthesia.

The only method of anesthesia available to beauticians and cosmetologists is surface anesthesia. It involves applying a thick layer of anesthetic gel to the area to be treated. Approximately 30 to 40 minutes must elapse for the anesthesia to take effect. Sometimes, to enhance the anesthesia, a transparent film may be applied over the gel. We call it occlusion. Then the anesthesia will work a little faster and its effect will last longer. However, it should be borne in mind that the active ingredient of such preparations is highly allergenic, and we are increasingly encountering allergies to lidocaine (lignocaine, xylocaine).

It is always necessary to carry out the so-called “treatment” before the planned procedure. sensitization test. It involves applying a small amount to the skin behind the earlobe and observing the discomfort. If the only complaints that arise are related to the proper action of the product, we decide to use it. The result of the above test is always evaluated by the person who will perform the procedure. This type of anesthesia should be sufficient for most cosmetological activities.

The best method to minimize unpleasant discomfort is a cooling pad on the treatment head. It is something like a “blower” that orders cold and dry air, which cools the treated area and makes it less sensitive to thermal stimuli. The cooling tube is also a sensational way to minimize discomfort after other treatments.

Permanent makeup - does it hurt?

Another special procedure in cosmetology is permanent makeup. Perceived discomfort is very subjective. Some patients consider anesthesia unnecessary, while some can’t imagine going through it without the anesthetic. Most offices offer their consumers surface anesthesia, which I described above. In offices where cosmetologists and aesthetic physicians work together, this can be solved in a more complex way – by performing injection anesthesia.

Prior to the scheduled procedure, the doctor will take a medical history, which will help determine whether such anesthesia can be administered in a particular case and select the appropriate dose and type of preparation. These are the same anesthetics that are used during dental procedures. It is very important to tell the doctor during the interview about all the diseases you are being treated for, allergies you have, any recent treatments you have had, as well as any medications you are taking. If there are no contraindications, the doctor will proceed with anesthesia and after a while the procedure will be completely painless. It is also important that the effect of anesthesia lasts longer and also protects against post-procedure pain.

Does beautification hurt?
Enlarged lips can look fresh and natural. Injection anesthesia was used for the procedure. The photo is part of Dr. Natalia Stachera’s medical records.

Aesthetic medicine - does it have to hurt?

Most procedures are performed similarly to cosmetology – under superficial anesthesia with creams. The patient’s appointment for the procedure is made about half an hour in advance for the application of anesthesia. While you are waiting for the result, you can relax, mostly surgeries take care of the patient’s well-being, offering, for example, a hand massage during the anesthesia, providing relaxing music in the background. When the final effect of sensory abolition is obtained, then we can proceed with the procedure. The downside of such a form is shallow coverage and short duration.

There are some procedures that require additional anesthesia. In my practice, I most often use injectable anesthesia for lip contouring and augmentation, as well as for plasma plication (PLEXR) procedures. This is anesthesia very similar to that of a dentist. Using a thin needle, an anesthetic is introduced into the tissues using an appropriate technique tailored to the type of procedure. After a while, we obtain the abolition of pain sensation. During the procedure, the patient is completely relaxed and does not worry that “it will hurt soon.” I have encountered concerns that then the lips may be modeled asymmetrically. If we administer anesthesia properly and distribute the agent evenly, we can completely minimize such risks.

It is important that this type of anesthesia can only be performed by a doctor or dentist. This type of anesthesia must be preceded by a thorough medical history with the patient, and sometimes even by certain laboratory tests (e.g. thyroid hormone levels, etc.). A major discomfort is the feeling of numbness of significant parts of the face. In my experience, patients highly praise this way of dealing with pain in the aesthetic medicine office. I was even tempted to take a survey and (which is rare in medicine) 100% of the answers marked, out of 35 respondents, were
“I would like the procedure to be performed under injection anesthesia,” he says. There is no better motivation than patient satisfaction….

Personally, I think we should fight the pain that accompanies any procedure.

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