Tips To Reduce Swelling or Bruising After Dermal Filler Procedure

One of the significant advantages of choosing a dermal filler injection procedure is that the downtime for healing and recovery is typically very low. Though by being prepared and knowing what to potentially expect and taking precautions before, during and after the procedure, you can make the process even more efficient than it already is and increase the likelihood of having a very positive experience.

Preparation For The Procedure

Certain medications can cause a patient to bruise more easily. If they aren’t regular and necessary medications that have been prescribed for everyday use and can be avoided seven days before treatment ideally do so. Some of the medications/supplements to be aware of include aspirin, ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3 Supplements, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng. If you required pain medications during this time Paracetamol is preferable over Aspirin or Ibuprofen due to this. Consult your Cosmetic Doctor and your General Practitioner if there are any medications you regularly take to find out if there’s any considerations or issues there. Avoid garlic for 1-2 days prior and alcohol 1-2 days before ideally also. If you have any high blood pressure or heart problems, consult your doctor. If you are prone to cold sores, let the doctor know so you can potentially be prescribed medication to reduce the chances of an outbreak.

During The Dermal Filler Procedure

Requesting a numbing cream 20-30 minutes before a procedure may help reduce bruising. Applying an ice pack to the area immediately after the injections may help also. Most cosmetic doctors can tell from experience with a reasonable degree of accuracy if you are likely to experience much swelling or bruising so asking for their thoughts on this may help you be prepared if you think you need to be. If you are very nervous let your injector know that you might need them to take things a little slower or be a little gentler if need be, though dermal fillers are usually a very tolerable procedure in regards to the pain caused.

After The Dermal Filler Procedure

Continue to avoid alcohol for the first day after the procedure. Avoiding excessive exercise for 48hrs after the procedure will help prevent bruising and other infections or complications. Try and keep the area from being exposed to direct sun or excessive heat by wearing a hat and quality sunscreen when outdoors. While it may feel tempting avoid touching, squeezing or excessively rubbing the treated area as this can cause complications or make any itchiness, swelling or irritation worse. Don’t take any medication other than Paracetamol unless it’s something your doctor has prescribed and you have been told to take by your doctors. Dermal filler injections can trigger some acne in patients prone to breakouts, so this is not uncommon to see, you can seek acne medications but this will usually dissipate on its own in a couple of weeks. Makeup can assist if you have any swelling or bruising to cover it up until it passes. However, talk to your Cosmetic Doctor to determine if this is fine for your treatment and circumstances as it can sometimes cause infection

though lipstick on swollen lips is generally fine. No matter how experienced and skilled your Cosmetic Doctor is swelling and bruising should always be expected and something you take into consideration. It’s usually good to avoid booking any important events or scheduling them around the procedure with a week gap. For anything critically important to you such as a wedding try and have the treatment done 3-4 weeks prior especially if you find you are prone to bruising or slow to recover from bruises. When determining if dermal fillers are the right fit for your beauty goals, contact us at Skin Club in Melbourne and book a consultation. Give us a call on (03) 9999 7368 for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your options and find out what is recommended to acheive what you desire.

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