8 steps to contain pain from skin treatments

When conducting skin treatments, addressing pain ― whether minor or more serious ― may make an uncomfortable procedure more tolerable for patients. Dr. Peter Lio outlines some steps physicians can follow to make patients more comfortable.

When conducting aesthetic or dermatologic medical procedures, addressing pain ― whether minor or more serious ― may make an uncomfortable procedure more tolerable for patients. Peter Lio, M.D., of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, outlines some steps physicians can follow to reduce pain and discomfort patients may feel during an aesthetic or dermatology office visit. These recommedations were highlighted in a presentation made at the 2018 American Academy of Dermatology Summer Meeting. REFERENCEPeter Lio, M.D., “Pain-Free Dermatology: Minimizing Discomfort in Procedures for Children & Adults: Practice Tips.” American Academy of Dermatology 2018 Summer Meeting, Chicago, Ill., July 27.

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COOLING THE SKIN
Decreasing the skin’s temperature can reduce pain, possibly by as much as 25%. To cool the skin, use an evaporative refrigerant spray, such as ethyl chloride, or wrapping ice cubes in latex or aluminum foil.  (©AlbinaGlisic/Shutterstock.com)

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