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Pre and post-care Instructions for skin after dermal filler

Pre and Post-Care Instructions for skin after Dermal Filler

Done with your dermal filler treatment? Are you satisfied with the results? So — what’s next? 

At Ezratty Integrative Aesthetics, we frequently ask about dermal fillers and what to expect after treatment. The tip is the same whether you have had treatment on your lips, hands, or face. It is crucial to listen to the information provided during the consultation and take note of the aftercare instructions. 

You are responsible for caring for yourself as you would following ANY medical operation. Even if you have received numerous prior treatments, please do not become complacent. Please do not hesitate to inquire if there is anything you do not understand, and we would be happy to provide clarification. 

In that sense, let us help you manage your pre and post-care instructions for skin after your dermal filler treatment in this post! Continue reading for more information below. 

What is dermal filler?

Dermal fillers are gel-like compounds injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, reduce lines and wrinkles, and augment face contours. This popular facial rejuvenation therapy is cost-effective for looking younger without surgery or recovery time. It is chosen by more than one million men and women annually.

The benefits of dermal filler

Dermal fillers can augment thin lips, increase shallow contours, reduce facial creases and wrinkles, improve the look of depressed scars, and diminish the shadow of lower lids. Age-related loss of subcutaneous fat in the face causes facial wrinkles.

Suppose you’ve liked what Dermal fillers can offer to your skin; what must you do to have a successful treatment before and after? Take a look at the instructions below.

Pre-treatment instructions

  • Please refrain from taking any blood-thinning medications or supplements one week before your session for optimal outcomes and to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising at the injection site. This includes medications available without a prescription, such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, and Aleve. Also, avoid garlic, vitamin E, ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and omega-3 capsules as herbal supplements. If you have a history of cardiovascular illness, please consult your doctor before discontinuing aspirin use.
  • Inform your healthcare practitioner if you have a history of Perioral Herpes to acquire antiviral therapy recommendations before treatment. (Valtrex 500 mg BID for five days, beginning two days before treatment)
  • Two days before and after treatment, avoid using topical anti-aging products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), retinol, retinoids, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, and any “anti-aging” products.
  • Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed 24 hours before or after treatment to prevent excessive bruising.
  • Never use dermal fillers if you are pregnant or nursing, allergic to any product’s ingredients, or suffer from neurological diseases.

Following these pre-care instructions for your dermal fillers can help you minimize the unwanted effects at a later time. Our doctors at Ezratty Integrative Aesthetics always prioritize our patient’s safety. If there are medicines that you really need to take, consult our doctors immediately.

Post-treatment instructions

  • The treated area should not be subjected to vigorous movement or massage unless instructed by the therapist.
  • Avoid intense exercise for 24 hours.
  • Don’t stay under the sun and heat for 72 hours.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol and salt to prevent excessive edema.
  • If you are experiencing swelling, try a cool compress for 15 minutes every hour.
  • Use Tylenol (acetaminophen) to alleviate pain.
  • If you have swelling, try to sleep with your head slightly elevated and your body facing up.
  • Use Arnica (usually available at health food stores) to alleviate the bruising and swelling. Start taking at least two days in advance of injections.
  • Four weeks must pass before undergoing skincare or laser treatments.

Like the pre-care treatment, adhering to these guidelines can help you maintain a good skin condition in the fullness of time. Failing to do so may let you go back to doctors repeatedly — and this is the last thing that you (and we) want. 

What to expect after a dermal filler treatment

The treated area may have redness, swelling, and/or sensitivity. This is a common side effect of the injections, and it will typically subside within a few days. Initial swelling following a lip augmentation procedure may last for a longer duration. 

Bruising is also a typical side effect of any dermal filler procedure. To reduce bruising, it is essential to adhere to the aftercare protocol. Please avoid medications including NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E, and ginseng for one week before and one week after treatment, unless medically necessary. If you use these medications for treatment, please consult your doctor before discontinuing use.

If symptoms linger for more than seven days or if you experience any other adverse reactions, please get in touch with the clinic immediately. Here at Ezratty Integrative Aesthetics, our staff is always accessible.

Follow-up appointments

A touch-up treatment may be required within three to four weeks following the initial dermal filler injection for maximum correction and results. Although dermal fillers produce immediate results, the final outcome is not visible until the filler has “integrated” into the skin. It may also take this long for swelling to subside. 

Waiting until this period has passed before applying dermal filler is essential. Also, there may be asymmetries before this period (because of irregular swelling), so don’t panic and have faith in the procedure (and trust our hands). But take note that dermal filler products are not permanent. 

How long can dermal fillers last depending on the type of filler used, indication, compliance with aftercare, and individual characteristics such as metabolism? Results may differ per individual, and it may take several treatments to achieve the desired results. Still, regular evaluation is essential.

When should you book your next dermal filler appointment?

Dermal fillers are progressively absorbed and may not always provide the necessary duration. Again, fillers vary in time from individual to individual. Typically, they persist between nine and twelve months. 

The duration of fillers is not determined by the physician but rather by the absorption rate. It is not hazardous if absorbed early; what is dangerous is how quickly your body metabolizes it. In this instance, it may be disappointing, but there is no issue. Purchasing additional merchandise is typically the answer. 

It can be added without risk and typically improves performance and satisfaction. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Ezratty Integrative Aesthetics if you have any additional concerns following therapy.

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