Most patients find injectable treatments with fillers or neurotoxins to be quite easy to tolerate. We routinely apply ice prior to injecting for its numbing effect. Some patients prefer to have their skin numbed with topical ointment that can be applied about 15-20 minutes prior to the injections, and provides additional comfort by making the small needle pricks barely perceptible, if at all. If you are interested in having numbing ointment applied prior to your treatment, please make our front desk staff aware of this fact either when scheduling your appointment or upon arrival at the office, so that the staff can be aware of your needs and avoid unnecessary waiting on your part.
We do, however, have some patients for whom numbing ointment and/or ice do not provide an adequate solution. These include people for whom the thought of experiencing needle pricks provokes too much anxiety. For such patients we offer 3 options.
The first and simplest is oral sedation, given as a pill to be taken on an empty stomach about 30-40 minutes prior to the injection.
The second option involves IV (intravenous) sedation, also known as ‘twilight’ anesthesia. This option, which must be scheduled in advance, involves our anesthesiologist providing gentle relaxation using short-acting medications, which are administered intravenously. With this technique, the patient’s level of relaxation is precisely controlled. Because the medications used are very short acting and adjustable, the patient generally has no memory of any discomfort during the procedure, and has a feeling of relaxation and well-being, even euphoria, after the treatment is complete. If you decide upon IV sedation, know that you are in good company, as this is the technique used by Dr. Rapaport when he undergoes injections.
A third option, available for some procedures, is a medical nitrous oxide gas very similar to the laughing gas you might have at the dentist. Pro-Nox is a patient-controlled system that provides non-opioid, safe, and effective pain and anxiety relief to patients during small procedures.
"I generally have an excellent pain threshold,” affirms Dr Rapaport. "But maybe because I inject people all day long, when it comes time for me to be injected, I simply feel anxious. With IV sedation, I can rest assured that from the minute Dr. Grillo starts my IV, I will be feel relaxed and will be safe, cooperating, and breathing on my own, but will have no memory of the event and will feel very well afterwards.”
Your level of consciousness will be based on your wishes and needs, and will be influenced by the type of procedure you are undergoing. Dr. Rapaport will arrange to discuss these factors in depth with you during your confidential consultation.
Please be aware that should you choose oral or IV sedation, you will not be permitted to drive for the rest of the day.
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We are excited to announce that as of June 8th, 2020, our office will be open for ALL appointment types including Surgery, Cosmetic Injectables, Earlobe Repairs, Mole Removals, CoolSculpting, CoolTone, Morpheus8, miraDry, Skincare services, and more!
During this time, we are still encouraging virtual consultations & follows up as an initial step prior to an in-person appointment. We are requesting that established patients virtually consult/review their treatment plans with Dr. Rapaport or a medical aesthetician in advance of their scheduled treatments/procedures. We will be providing you with specific procedure-related instructions prior upon scheduling. If you left a deposit for a treatment and have not yet been contacted by our staff, please call, or e-mail our office so that we may get you scheduled.
Dr. Rapaport & his team have been working diligently to get our office prepared for our re-opening. Our main priority is the health and safety of our patients and staff. Thank you for following our guidelines and being so patient. See below for our re-opening guidelines:
For any questions and/or concerns, please call our office at 212-249-9955 or email us at office@DrRapaport.com. We know each of you are eager to get back to your treatment regimens, so we will be extending our hours to accommodate everyone as best we can while maintaining health & safety protocols!
We thank you for your continued support & confidence in Dr. Rapaport and our staff the past few months. We look forward to welcoming you back to our office!