What’s involved in the aftercare?
The post treatment experience is different for everyone however, bruising, swelling, and tenderness is common. Some people swell and bruise more than others, so don’t be alarmed if this happens to you. If this is something that you are not comfortable displaying publicly, consider planning your appointment before the weekend, or take a day or two off work, as swelling can last 3-5 days. If you have a special event, coming up like a wedding plan your treatments at least two weeks prior to the event, this will allow time for healing.
Dermal fillers are made up of a gel like substance and come in variety of thickness. Lumpiness and unevenness are normal in the first two weeks following your treatment, as the filler will take time to integrate with your own tissues, any lumps will soften out over time.
To make sure everything is looking good and recovering well, you can book a follow-up appointment for 2 weeks after the procedure. During this appointment, you can talk through any concerns and ask questions about your recovery.
After receiving a dermal filler procedure, self-care is very important, and these tips will cover how to manage pain, clean and treat the area.
It’s important to keep the area of skin clean, avoid using heavy oil-based creams and makeup while the skin is healing. Avoid heat and high temperatures which will irritate the skin and may cause inflammation. Avoid touching or rubbing the skin to reduce irritation and swelling. Apply a cool compress or ice to the treated area. Please seek medical assistance if you experience any unusual symptoms. If you’re experiencing some pain, it is best to take paracetamol. Avoid any medication which thins your blood—for example, ibuprofen or aspirin.
Some more specific instructions include
- Avoid exercise for 24–48 hours
- Avoid direct UV exposure
- Use a soothing, antiseptic cream such as Bepanthen/Arnica to treat the area
- Sleep on your back for the first few nights to relieve pressure on the area and avoid disturbing the filler
- Do not consume alcohol in the first 24 hours to avoid thinning the blood
- Do not use AHAs, BHAs, Retinol, or Vitamin C for 24 hours after the procedure
- Avoid laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels for 2 weeks following the procedure
- If there’s anything you’re unsure about, contact the clinic.
- No flights for 72hrs
- Do massage the treated area unless you are instructed to do so