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Effective Ways To Take Some Of The Sting Out Of Injectable Beauty Treatments

Botox and other injectable beauty treatments can make your skin look younger, healthier, and less wrinkly. One of the biggest concerns you may have about getting injections to improve skin quality is the pain that you might feel with each injection, but certain measures can be taken to make your experience more comfortable. Here are some things that can be done to try to minimize the pain from injectable beauty treatments.  

Avoid Taking Certain Medications Beforehand

If you've made an appointment to receive Botox injections or another injectable beauty treatment, you'll want to stop taking certain medications about a week before treatment. Some medications are known to worsen bruising and bleeding from getting injections and may cause additional pain. However, you should consult with your doctor before you stop taking any of your prescribed medicine to make sure that it's safe for you to do so. Medications that you may be advised to stop taking before treatment include blood thinners, allergy medicine, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Apply a Topical Numbing Cream

Before a needle is inserted into your skin to administer the Botox injections or another skin treatment, a cream can be rubbed onto the skin to try to dull the pain as much as possible. The best numbing agents are completely sanitary and formulated to act quickly. These numbing creams often contain key ingredients, such as urea, propylene glycol, and isopropyl myristate, that are known to reduce pain from injections effectively. 

Apply Ice

The doctor who's administering your treatment may also apply an ice pack or a cold press to the treatment areas before the injections to try to dull some of the pain. The extra cooling sensation on the skin can help reduce the pain signals that are transmitted from the nerves to the brain temporarily and also minimize bruising from the injections.

Try to Stay Calm

If you're feeling really nervous over the thought of getting injected with a needle, your body may become tenser and more prone to feeling extra pain with each injection. Breathing exercises that encourage you to breathe deeper and slower can be done throughout your session to try to make you feel calmer and minimize pain. You may also be able to wear headphones to listen to calming, peaceful music or other sounds while you're getting your injections. If you think that you'll be especially fearful, you can ask your doctor to prescribe a safe sedative to help you relax throughout your treatment session.

Whether you choose to get Botox injections or other injectable beauty treatments, you shouldn't have to go through a lot of pain just to try to look better. The doctor who will be managing your treatment session can give you more information about the different pain-reducing methods that are often effective.

Reach out to a Botox injections provider for more information.