The demand for dermal fillers and the variety, including non-lidocaine fillers have increased dramatically during the past couple of decades. As a result, hyaluronic acid soft-tissue fillers are increasingly important as nonsurgical treatment options for facial rejuvenation. Dermal fillers are used for cosmetic purposes and are meant to give volume and fullness to an individual’s skin. When used properly, these products diminish the most common signs of ageing such as facial wrinkles and skin folds. Most people use these products to make themselves look younger.
Pain and discomfort are among the patient’s concerns about filler injections which is why lidocaine was originally added to hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Lidocaine is a pain numbing agent, which makes having any kind of filler slightly less uncomfortable. Mixing lidocaine in fillers is designed to make the filler less painful as it is injected. Lidocaine has been around for many years and can be found in so may products, some more known than others, for example Bonjela, the teething gel.
Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic, it stops nerves in your body sending pain signals to your brain. Lidocaine in fillers usually start to wear off after 1 to 2 hours and if there is numbing cream used externally on the area then it can take 3-5 hours to wear off. Numbing cream and lidocaine in fillers can cause natural swelling, meaning it is harder to see the true effects of the filler which can make it difficult to gauge.
There is a possibility that people can be allergic to lidocaine so it is important for you practitioner to carry out an allergy test before hand.
One massive benefit of non-lidocaine fillers is that they won’t make the area swell as much and it means you are getting solely hyaluronic acid injected in that specific area. As lidocaine can cause blanching it can worry customers and also practitioners, so another benefit of non-lidocaine fillers is that the area will not blanche. Non-lidocaine fillers can be a good alternative to fillers with lidocaine for those who are allergic but still want certain treatments.