Dermal filler treatment is highly sought after these days for minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation. After wrinkle-relaxers, it’s the second more popular method for smoothing lines, boosting volume and giving the face a more attractive and sculpted appearance.
Many first time patients are concerned with how their face will look after dermal filler treatment. A qualified and experienced clinician will take all the necessary precautions to ensure your injections are performed correctly, using the most advanced techniques available.
But it doesn’t end there. As a patient, dermal filler aftercare is very important to minimise bruising, swelling, and help your skin recover as quickly as possible. You’re advised to adhere to the following dermal filler aftercare instructions to facilitate the healing process. The more closely you follow these steps below, the faster and smoother your recovery will be:
Avoid Touching the Treatment Area
Your skin has been thoroughly disinfected before and after treatment. There’s a chance, however, that some of the puncture wounds from the injection sites are still open and are vulnerable to infection. For this reason, it’s best to avoid touching your face as much as possible for the next 48 hours. In the evening, you may cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser before bedtime. Avoid using harsh or irritating skincare products for up to a week.
Ice the Area to Reduce Swelling
It’s normal to have some swelling after your dermal filler treatment. Lips especially have a tendency to swell considerably which can last for 48-72 hours or longer. Most clinics will send you home with special ice packs following your procedure to minimise swelling. It’s recommended to be diligent with using the ice packs for the next 24 hours (10 minutes every half hour). Note: never use ice directly on the skin.
Avoid Blood Thinning Medications
Once the anesthetic wears off, it’s possible to experience some pain or achy sensations at the injection site. It may be tempting to take common over the counter pain medication to ease your discomfort. Certain types of pain pills are not recommended after injections as they’re blood thinners which can make bleeding and swelling worse (ask the clinic ahead of time which pain meds are going to take). If you’re currently taking blood thinners for medical reasons discuss this with your doctor prior to treatment.
Minimise Bruising with Arnica and Bromelain
Arnica is an herb known in Homeopathy for reducing pain and bruising. It contains naturally-occurring compounds with anti-inflammatory effects that can be absorbed through the skin. Research shows that Arnica is effective at reducing the duration of the bruise once it has occurred.
It’s available as a cream or ointment and it’s recommended to have some on hand in case it’s needed.
Bromelain in pineapple has also shown great promise when it comes to reducing the severity of a bruise. If you notice a bruise forming, you can eat some pineapple or take bromelain supplements.
Refrain from Strenuous Exercise for 12 Hours
Even if you experience minimal swelling and no bruising, all forms of strenuous physical activity should be avoided until the following day at minimum. Sweating can increase the chances of infection and promote unnecessary swelling.
Avoid Intense Heat such as Tanning Bed, Sauna or Steam Room
For the same reasons as exercise, excessive sweating is discouraged for the next 24 hours.
Avoid Alcohol for 48 Hours
Drinking alcohol, even in moderate amounts, can dilate your blood vessels, making any swelling, bleeding and bruising worse. Many patients know to avoid alcoholic beverages prior to injections, but it’s equally important to follow the same precautions after. Additionally, alcohol can be extremely dehydrating to your body. Dermal fillers needs adequate water to plump up to capacity and being dehydrated can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.
Sleep on Your Back for the Next Two Nights
When dermal filler is first injected it’s extremely malleable and can shift when subjected to pressure. Sleeping on one side of your face can potentially produce an uneven or asymmetrical result that may require a correction and additional expense. To prevent this from happening, it’s best to sleep on your back to ensure the dermal filler treatment settles in evenly.
Avoid Other Cosmetic or Medical Procedures
Any cosmetic procedures that involve applying pressure to the face are best avoided. These include facials, facial massage, microdermabrasion, lasers and radiofrequency treatments. Do not schedule body massage for two weeks after as resting your head in a “face cradle” can affect the filler result and is not recommended. You may also want to avoid any dental work for the next 48 hours to prevent additional discomfort following your injections.
Discontinue Skincare Products with Active Ingredients
Irritating products with strong exfoliating agents, acids or harsh chemical ingredients should be discontinued for up to a week.
You can always reach out to us with regards your cosmetic concerns. Call us at (08) 9025 3218 for a consultation.