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Maximizing patient comfort: strategies for pain management during injectable treatments

Maximizing patient comfort: strategies for pain management during injectable treatments

Medically Reviewed by Mohsen Talani, MD on November 27, 2023 | Written by CBAM Author

With aging, signs such as wrinkles and sagging can be seen on people’s faces, or in some cases, scars may remain on the body or an area of the face, all of which may have a serious effect on people’s mood and lower their self-confidence. It is for this reason that most people seek to remove such marks from their face. There are many methods for this, but one of the best methods is using injectables.

But some people are afraid of doing it due to the fear of feeling pain during the injection as a result of the needle entering under the skin. For this reason, one of the most common questions that concern the minds of this group of people is whether filler and Botox injections hurt or not? And how to reduce the pain caused by cosmetic injections? We try to teach you techniques and tips to reduce the pain of your patients during injection to create a better and more enjoyable treatment experience for them.

Do skin injections hurt?

Botox and filler pain is usually mild and short-term. The needles used for injection are very small and the facial skin is insensitive. Most people experience no pain at all during the injection, and those who do say it’s comparable to pins and needles. The only thing that people referring to Botox centers should avoid is feeling fear, stress and inducing pain.

One of your duties as an injector is to make the patient feel confident. Your movements, speaking and handling of equipment should be confident and skillful to reassure the patient about the procedure. As your confidence and skill increases, the patient’s anxiety, fear and pain will also decrease.

How do you give painless Botox and Filler injections?

Increase your confidence and try to look expert

You can convey a feeling of reassurance to the patient with your gestures and speech. By increasing the confidence of the patient, the feeling of pain, stress and fear will decrease. Try to control the patient’s emotions. Talk about positive and happy topics. Explain to the patient the steps of the procedure in a calm tone, at a suitable speed and with confidence, and prepare the patient for the injection.

Choose the right injection sites

Injection is all about anatomy! Choosing the right injection site will improve your results significantly. On the other hand, it will decrease side effects, reduces pain and improves your patient’s experience. After choosing the right injection site, try to stabilize the injection site. One of the best ways to improve an injection, increase control and decrease pain, bruising and swelling in the process, is to stabilize the point to be injected. You can use on of your hands, either your thumb or forefinger to hold the skin you are about to inject. Don’t be afraid to pull the skin taught rather than simply put pressure on it.  It’s the tightness that allows for a clean insertion.

Using finer needle

The best syringe and needle for injecting Botox and filler depends on the type and concentration of product, the area to be injected, and your personal experience. However, as a standard, we use a 1 cc syringe to draw Botox and filler, and we choose the appropriate needle for that area based on the injection site. For example, we use a 27-gauge needle to inject under the eyes, and we use a 25-gauge needle to inject the filler into the lips. We also use a 21-gauge needle for body injections and a 30- or 31-gauge needle for mesotherapy cocktail injection. You can try to use finer needles for each area based on your patient and experience.

Local anesthesia

Most injectors and dermatologists use a local anesthetic in the area to be injected before Botox injection. According to the principles of Botox injection, the specialist must determine the target areas and points before injecting Botox and then apply local anesthesia so that the person does not feel any pain in that area.

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  • Pay one flat fee for this package
  • Get access to 11 courses for the package period
  • Online and In-Class courses all included
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