Allergan have released a new version of one of their dermal fillers to help reduce the discomfort associated with the procedure.
The actual filler is unchanged (filler type J and JU+), but it is now mixed with a fast acting local anaesthetic, so that it literally numbs the areas as it is injected.
It is a good alternative to having a nerve block in the treatment area for those who don’t want to be numb for hours.
For example, treatment of the cheeks with dermal fillers might usually require a nerve block to numb the cheeks prior to injection with filler. Instead, with this new filler, it is possible to avoid a nerve block as it has local anaesthetic pre-mixed with the filler so it numbs as it is injected. The initial few needle pricks can be disguised with local anaesthetic cream or ice as required.
* Due to TGA restrictions, the name of the actual filler cannot be mentioned