Simple technique for lip and nasolabial fold anesthesia for injectable fillers

Dermatol Surg. 2005 Oct;31(10):1330-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31213.


Background: Minimally invasive cosmetic facial surgery procedures including injectable lip fillers are more popular than ever. Many of the newer fillers are more painful to inject than previous products and require a greater level of pain control.

Objective: The objective of this article is to describe a simple method of local anesthesia infiltration for pain control when injecting filler substances into the lips and perioral and nasolabial fold areas.

Materials and methods: The preinjection topical anesthetic preparation, the actual infiltration techniques, and the author's experience are reviewed.

Results: These infiltration techniques are simple to perform and provide adequate anesthesia for the painless injection of filler substances in the lips and perioral, nasolabial regions.

Conclusion: This simple intraoral infiltration technique is well tolerated and appreciated by patients and facilitates the experience of filler injection for both the patient and the doctor.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Local / methods*
  • Cosmetic Techniques
  • Esthetics
  • Face / surgery
  • Humans
  • Hyaluronic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Hyaluronic Acid / analogs & derivatives*
  • Injections, Subcutaneous
  • Lip*
  • Nose*


  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Restylane