What is numbing cream? The primary ingredient in numbing cream (also seen in gel form) is lidocaine.
Do I need numbing cream? Most dermal fillers contain a small amount of lidocaine. In the past, some of our Newport Beach patients have requested a topical numbing cream prior to treatment (particularly for lip injections). While numbing cream is not necessary, patients may experience less discomfort during treatment of sensitive areas if they numb prior to coming in.
Are there any benefits to numbing? We have actually found that working without a topcial anesthetic (particularly with Botox injections) gives the injector a better read of the treatment area, producing optimal outcomes.
I have always numbed prior to treatment in the past, can I continue to do so? Moving forward on a modified schedule, we will no longer be offering numbing in-office. For patients who still desire numbing prior to treatment, we are happy to call in a prescription. To obtain a prescription for our topical anesthetic, please call our Newport Beach office at (949) 644-1400 today.
Can you call in a prescription to my pharmacy? Prescriptions for our topical anesthetic are fulfilled by Healthcare Pharmacy of Tustin, located at 14642 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780. Orders may be shipped directly to you, or you may pick up your prescription at the pharmacy. Once you have requested a prescription, your information and prescription will be faxed to the pharmacy. Healthcare Pharmacy of Tustin will contact you directly for payment (please be sure to confirm your preferred method of delivery). Prescriptions are $29.95 plus shipping (prices subject to change).
I have been thinking about maybe trying filler under my eyes, perhaps my lips, or filler for my marionette lines. How do I know which area I should be numbing? For patients looking for a pre-injection plan of care as well as budget, we can schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Lavinia Chong the week prior to your appointment. Our patient coordinator will provide you with an approximate fee proposal based upon your consultation, and will confirm that we have enough time held for your next scheduled treatment date.
Application of Topical Anesthetic
- Prior to arriving for your appointment, you will prepare the treatment surface by cleansing your face/neck with a gentle cleanser. Take care to remove all oils, makeup and debris from the surface of the skin, and then pat dry with a clean towel.
- Do not apply anesthetic cream over blemishes, or areas of skin which are irritated or have been subject to chemical peels and/or procedures in the past 30 days. For our Facelift, Necklift, Eyelift, Browlift patients who are less than 30 days post op please consult with our patient coordinator prior to applying topical anesthetic.
- Apply a thin layer of topical anesthetic* to the area you would like to be treated. Take care not to apply too close to the eye area. Please also take care to not rub product in your eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly following application. If applying topical anesthetic to your lips, take care not to lick your lips. You do not want to ingest/swallow the product.
- After 20-30 minutes have passed, you may use gauze to wipe the topical anesthetic from the skin’s surface.
- Apply no sooner than 30 minutes prior to treatment. Some patients may wish to apply their topical anesthetic prior to their Orange County commute to the office. For patients driving in from San Diego, Los Angeles, or the Inland Empire, you may choose to plan ahead, arrive early, apply numbing cream when you arrive, and simply sit and relax in your car prior to your treatment time.
*Please report any irritation, redness, itchiness to the practice.