A pertinent tip on making your Fotofacial a little more tolerable

I know it’s been a while, and this is going to be relatively short because I’m still so busy and haven’t been able to blog the novellas that I usually do, but I really wanted to get this out there:

When they are done correctly, a fotofacialor Intense Pulsed Light Treatment (IPL)–to take care of dark spots and red areas on your face–including spider veins around the nose–can be uncomfortable if you’re not prepared. When I say “done correctly,” I mean that the person doing it must be aggressive enough to actually get a result. For the red areas, you will see an improvement immediately. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been thrilled with my results at AVA MD. They do recommend that you numb your face for an hour beforehand with a lidocaine cream that they can give you a prescription for or, if you’re my sister, you just swing by my office and borrow one of mine. 🙂  She did, however, give me in trade a hot pink and leopard-patterned Victoria’s Secret push-up bra that promises to increase you two cup sizes (swag from a recent event she went to):

This one is the Very Sexy® Knockout™ bra. Girl not included.

Anyway, my sister will be visiting my girls over at AVA MD later this week and I remembered to tell her that not only should she put the numbing cream on her face where the laser is being used, but if–like me–you have some of those old silver fillings from twenty years ago, you need to numb your teeth as well. Otherwise when the laser gets near the fillings you can get those shooting pains like when you accidently bite into tin foil. My sister thought this was extremely pertinent info that should be shared immediately.

So how do you numb your teeth? It’s not pleasant, but it’s worth it. I don’t know how to put this into words without sounding gross and the polar opposite of that sexy bra, but try to smear some of the lidocaine cream around on your gums up to the roof and floor of your mouth. But don’t do this until five minutes before the procedure is about to start, because while it takes an hour for that stuff to work on your skin, the oral mucosa will become numb almost instantly, and it tastes pretty terrible. Really try not to get it on your toungue.

Maybe a dentist somewhere has a flavored one?

TAKE NOTE: There are limits on lidocaine dosage, so make sure to consult with your physician on how much of the numbing cream you can use. And don’t forget, “lidocaine” is in the “caine” group. Yes, same as “cocaine.”  And yes, you can get a little high from it, which sounds like more fun than it is–particularly when you’re trying to keep your composure in a professional office setting.

Not that that’s ever happened to me–I’m just saying. 😉

Have a nice night!



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