Dermal filler procedure does not require a lot of downtime for healing and recovery. However, it is still best to know what to expect to prepare and take the proper precautions before, during, and after the dermal filler treatment for a seamless and a very positive experience.
Before The Dermal Filler Procedure:
- Some medications can cause the patient to bruise easily. Medications that has blood-thinning effect should be avoided 7 days before the treatment. Examples of this are aspirin, Excedrin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, and Advil), St. John’s wort, and omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng. Tylenol as pain medication can be taken prior to the procedure.
- Do not take garlic 1 to 2 days before.
- Do not consume alcohol 1 to 2 days before.
- If you do not have high blood pressure or heart problems, take Arnica 1 day before or the morning of the treatment.
- Inform the doctor if you are prone to cold sores so you can be prescribed medication to prevent an outbreak.
During The Dermal Filler Procedure
- You may ask for numbing cream 20 to 30 minutes before the procedure as this will also help to reduce bruising. Ask the doctor to be very gentle when injecting the fillers.
- Ask for an ice bag to gently apply immediately after the injections.
- Ask what the doctor what to expect after the treatments as you may experience swelling or bruising.
After The Dermal Filler Procedure
- No alcohol for the next 24 hours after the procedure.
- Do not engage in strenuous activities or exercises for the first 48 hours after the treatment to prevent bruising and other complications.
- Do not expose your skin to sun and/or heat. Wear a hat and apply an SPF 30 sunscreen when outside.
- Do not touching, rubbing, squeezing or apply any pressure on the treated areas to avoid worsening any itchiness, irritation, or swelling.
- Do not take any medication except for Tylenol unless it is a prescription medication that you have been instructed to take by your family doctor.
- Dermal filler injections may trigger acne or flare-ups in patients.This usually resolves on its own for 14 days and you can ask the doctor for a prescription for acne medication.
- Makeup can be applied to conceal bruising and swelling. However, it is best to consult with the doctor first, as it can cause infection.
- Swelling and bruising are to be expected and normal after the procedure. If the patient plans to do this prior very important occasions, It is recommended to have the treatment done 3 to 4 weeks prior.
Contact the clinic to book a consultation with Dr. Vihang Sharma at (03) 9999 7368!