Facial Injection Analgesic Device
OnabotulinumtoxinA, commonly known as BOTOX, and other fillers are injected beneath the skin of the face for cosmetic surgery. Last year alone, more than 3.5 million cosmetic BOTOX procedures were performed. BOTOX is most commonly associated with cosmetic procedures, however, BOTOX has recently been proven to lower muscle hyperactivity in cerebral palsy patients and to reduce the frequency, severity, and nausea of migraines, resulting in the drug becoming more commonly administered as a medical treatment.
Each BOTOX treatment is localized within millimeters of its injection site and lasts approximately 3 months; the toxin is flushed out of the body over time. Although these injections are minimally invasive and relatively short, patients often complain of the pain and bruising amid and post treatment. Currently, doctors attempt to reduce patient discomfort by holding a vibrating device and a block of ice to the injection sites, but this prevents the practitioner from using both hands during the procedure, or requires multiple practitioner to be present during the procedure. The team wishes to create an ergonomic face mask that reduces the pain experienced by facial injection patients via mechanical stimulation and cooling, and is hands free for the practitioner.
- Joshua Begale - Volunteer
- Yaniv Sadka - Team Leader
- Hannah Cook - Communicator & BWIG
- Ethan Nethery - BSAC & BPAG