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Make injectables and laser treatments more fun with medical laughing gas

January 28, 2019

If you’re among those who’ve decided to take advantage of the incredible variety of highly effective nonsurgical cosmetic procedures available to the modern patient, you’ve probably heard all about how little discomfort is associated with most of these noninvasive treatments. But while that is true, and while many patients fare perfectly well with nothing but a bit of topical anesthesia, it doesn’t change the fact that for others with a particularly low pain threshold, general anxiety, or a phobia of needles, other measures may be necessary.


There are also patients who just prefer not to have an IV or general anesthesia, and they too now have another tool at their disposal when it comes to addressing discomfort. Introducing laughing gas, aka nitrous oxide, aka the Pro-Nox system—a particularly convenient way of addressing pain and/or anxiety associated with nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.


Laughing gas, anxiety, and needle phobia


Indeed, nitrous oxide is known as a patient pleaser during injections and laser procedures with good reason. This effective sedative can be administered with or without a topical anesthetic. Once inhaled, it helps promote relaxation within 1-2 minutes. It’s worth noting that needle phobia is not necessarily connected to pain, but more often to anxiety, and that laughing gas, which is mixed with oxygen, is easy to use, and is an analgesic and anti-anxiety. It’s also so safe that it is even used in labour and delivery. Dentists have used laughing gas for over 50 years.


Dermal or soft tissue fillers, the fractional laser resurfacing treatments that often accompany them, and a host of other nonsurgical injectable and laser treatments are perfectly suited to treatment with the ingenious Pro-Nox system. Dr. Mulholland himself pioneered the use of laughing gas during dermal filler procedures, making the injectable technique what many would even call pleasant!


Effects of laughing gas


Nitrous oxide slows down your brain and your body’s responses, and its effects vary somewhat depending on dosage and on the patient, but it is generally known to trigger the release high levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, within seconds, creating feelings of euphoria. Researchers have actually found lower subjective pain intensity among those treated with nitrous oxide. Additionally, and perhaps unsurprisingly, those patients who have opted for laughing gas once, tend to opt for it again when returning for subsequent cosmetic treatments.


Additionally, if you are in for a quick procedure and need to return to work or to your usual activities immediately upon leaving the office, laughing gas is designed with you in mind, as patient recovery is remarkably fast. Dentists use an 80% mixture, which is an anesthetic, meaning you cant operate a motor vehicle after, Dr. Mulholland has pioneered the use of 50% nitrous, which is an analgesic, wearing off in 8-10 minutes and allows you to drive home after your laser, energy device treatment or injectable.


If you’re considering undergoing nonsurgical injectables or laser treatments but have concerns about discomfort or the use of needles, contact us at SpaMedica in Toronto today to run through your treatment and anesthetic options with our highly knowledgeable staff. We’ve got you covered!

Dr. Stephen Mulholland
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland
Dr. Stephen Mulholland has been practicing Plastic Surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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