Everyone responds to pain and topical lidocaine differently. A good question to ask yourself … when you’re at the dentist, do they need to numb you a few times? If so, you’re probably going to feel more sensation versus someone who has a high tolerance for pain. Most of my clients say it is “tolerable” and there are spots that are more sensitive. I get a range of people who feel it to people who fall asleep, so use your best judgment.
However, during your sessions we do use topical anesthetics throughout to minimize the pain. Your pre-care is super important and must be followed:
At least 24 hours before, avoid the following:
- Aspirin, ibuprofen, alcoholic beverages
- Caffeine (coffee and tea)
- Fish oil
- Vitamin E
These all can contribute to thinning your blood. Your lip has three to five cellular layers versus other areas of the face can have up to 16 layers which makes it more sensitive.