It is important to follow instructions about dermal filler aftercare.
Immediately after your treatment you may notice a few of the following things
- Red needle puncture marks
- Itching in the area
These issues above are common with dermal filler aftercare, and should resolve over the next few days to weeks. Your final result will be seen at about 4 weeks after treatment, and you can be reviewed to see if further treatments are required to achieve the planned results.
Immediately after the injections you face will be cleaned. You should not touch your face for 6 hours. After this you may clean your skin with water and a gentle cleanser.
Things to avoid:
- Do not expose the area to intense heat (eg solarium or sauna)
- Avoid pressure on the treated areas for the first few nights (i.e. sleep on back of possible)
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours
- Do not use AHA, Retinols/Vitamin C therapy or oil based make-up for 24 hours
- Avoid facials, facial waxing, Glycolic or AHA peels, IPL or energy based treatments and microdermabrasion for two weeks after treatment. Please check with your physician before undergoing other facial treatments within this time
Pain is usually mild and sometimes moderate after filler injections. There are areas which can be quite painful like the chin and the lips. Pain relief such as paracetamol may be taken as directed by your Physician
Apply a cool compress for 10 minutes every hour on the day of treatment (do not apply ice directly on your skin). A cool compress applied regularly for the first 24 hours after injections may help to reduce the amount of swelling. Some patients use arnica before and after treatment to reduce the swelling.
Patients on aspirin, fish oil or other drugs associated with increased bruising may find their risk increased. For the treatment of bruising, there are over the counter treatments available such as arnica
Some patients take Bromelaine as a preventative for bruising.
Massage of the filler areas are not advised by us. Gentle massage may be used once the pain and tenderness has resolved and at your review
Cold sores and dermal filler
There may be a small chance that a treatment may induce an outbreak of cold sores in patients with a previous history.
Some patients take preventative antivirals to help reduce the risk of cold sores. If you get cold sores after a treatment please inform us. We can prescribe aciclivor for a small cost of £10 on the day of treatment which must be taken for 5 days.
Reviewing the results of dermal filler should be performed at 4 weeks (except for cosmetic emergencies like infection or vascular occlusions, which should be reviewed immediately)