We typically use a topical anesthetic in the office. Just topical lidocaine dissolved in a petrolatum ointment and we apply that just before the procedure to ease the discomfort of the injection. Some people bruise easier than others. Anytime even the smallest needle is used you can get a bruise that can last anywhere from five to 10 days depending on the individual. Whether or not to stay home from work is certainly a personal decision based on the line of work you’re in. Some people choose to stay home because they’re involved in public speaking or on camera. Others sit in a back desk and they don’t mind having a bruise for a week or so, if you get a bruise.
Q: Do injections like Botox, Dysport, Restylane and others hurt? Do you bruise when you get them? And do you have to stay home from work for a day or two after getting them?
What our experts say:
Washington, District of Columbia
It is a needle so I would say it's slightly uncomfortable but for Restylane normally patients get numbed with a topical anesthetic. It's tolerable. You rarely bruise from Botox and Dysport but occasionally you will from filler. With Botox and Dysport you don't need to stay home from work. With fillers if it's a small bruise most of the time it can be covered with concealer. Most patients do not stay home from work when they get injections.
New York City, New York