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Numbing Injections vs Numbing Cream

Updated: Feb 29

Ensuring optimal comfort during aesthetic treatments is a fundamental priority at The MediClinic. Two popular options for pain alleviation consist of numbing injections and numbing cream. We often get asked ‘what is best?’ so here are some pros and cons to each and some key facts that you should know:


Numbing Injections:

-       Also known as Dental Block – This is the same numbing procedure used in the dentist for fillings. They contain a local anaesthetic solution, which works by blocking nerve signals in the targeted area and prevents the sensation of pain.

-       At The MediClinic we use numbing injections to block pain in the upper and lower lip areas.

-       The injections are virtually pain free minus a slight pricking sensation of the needle upon injection.

-       Numbness can last up to 2-4 hours after.

-       Dental block should take 5 minutes to become effective.


Numbing Cream:

-       Numbing cream, also known as topical anaesthetic, is applied to the skins surface and works to numb the areas before treatment by temporarily desensitising nerve endings, reducing the sensation of pain or discomfort.

-       The cream takes 10-15 minutes to become effective.

-       Numbing cream is moderately effective and may not alleviate ALL pain.

-       Bruising can appear from the application of filler itself, even after the application of numbing cream.


At The MediClinic, our personal recommendation for all lip filler treatments is dental block. In our opinion it gives our patients a more comfortable and relaxed experience during their lip filler treatment.


We do still offer numbing cream for our patients who prefer to use it and your practitioner will ask for your preference before your treatment.


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