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Allergan releases dermal filler pre-mixed with anaesthetic

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic doctor, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower, Berwick and Beaumaris Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More

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