Dermal fillers are a very popular cosmetic treatment to deal with ageing skin. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, collagen, moisture, and volume. Using hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, dermal fillers are injected under the skin to erase fine lines and wrinkles while restoring a youthful look to different areas of the face without the use of surgery. Fillers can be used to sculpt areas such as the lips, cheeks, chin, nose, forehead, jawline, and under-eye area. With its ever-increasing popularity, it’s important to know the facts about dermal fillers. Here is a helpful list of dos and don’ts when it comes to fillers:
DO Plan in Advance
Whether you have decided that dermal fillers are for you or you’re just starting to consider the process, it’s important to plan. Do some research on fillers and different areas where they can be used. Book a consultation with a licensed medical provider and come prepared with any questions or concerns that you have. Never feel pressured to have your fillers administered on the same day as your consultation. Make sure you fully understand the treatment you will be receiving along with any risks involved so that you feel confident with your decision.
DON’T Use Over the Counter Medication or Drink Alcohol
Before Your Procedure
For about a week leading up to your procedure, you should discontinue the use of any over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen and aspirin. These blood-thinning drugs can increase your chances of bleeding and bruising after your dermal fillers. Alcohol also has a blood-thinning effect. Don’t drink alcohol for at least 48-72 hours before your procedure, and refrain from drinking for a day or so afterward as well to avoid inflammation. Talk to your doctor about your medications and how they might affect your treatment.
Do Follow All Care Instructions
Make sure to follow all the post-treatment instructions given to you by your provider. Because of its non-invasive, non-surgical nature, you can expect a quick recovery time after your dermal filler treatment, however, some swelling is to be expected. You may be given an ointment to care for the skin and reduce bruising, or often a cold compress can be used to help with your healing. Be sure to stay hydrated following your procedure.
DON’T Rub the Area
Try not to touch, massage, rub, or put any pressure on the treated area for at least 24 hours following your procedure to avoid moving the fillers out of place. Don’t wear makeup for at least 24 hours.
DON’T Exercise Immediately Following Treatment
You may feel fine, but for a few days following your injections, heavy exercise could move your fillers out of place. Ask your healthcare provider how long and what types of exercise should be avoided immediately following your procedure.
DON’T Expose Yourself to Direct Sunlight
Avoid direct sunlight for at least 24-48 hours after your procedure. Your skin will be very sensitive at this time, and any sun exposure can cause damage.
Considering a cosmetic procedure like dermal fillers can be both exciting and nerve-racking. Knowing the dos and don’ts of the process will help make the treatment go smoothly. Fillers are a great way to achieve a more youthful, vibrant appearance without the use of surgery. If you have any questions about the process, be sure to speak with a qualified medical provider to learn more.