As we age, we notice new prominent lines and folds on our skin, sunken cheeks, and unflattering jowls. Quality skincare products can fend off aging signs to some degree. However, deep wrinkles and a loss of volume in the midface area need a more direct approach.
Dermal fillers are the best solution for these skin concerns. They effectively smooth wrinkled skin, plump up hollow facial areas, and add volume to thinning lips.
Like most cosmetic treatments, dermal fillers may cause side effects. These are typically mild and resolve on their own, provided you follow certain aftercare recommendations.
Let’s take a look at what you should do after a dermal filler treatment to minimize the side effects and shorten their duration.
Dermal fillers provide immediate results, but it may take a few weeks for them to fully settle into place. Common side effects like swelling and bruising also need time to subside, after which you’ll be able to fully appreciate the results of the procedure.
The following 13 aftercare tips are simple but effective ways to prevent or reduce side effects.
There is usually minimal or no pain after a dermal filler treatment. You may feel itching or tenderness in the treated area. If the sensation is unpleasant, it is safe to use an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen to minimize pain and discomfort.
Blood-thinning medication like aspirin and ibuprofen may cause swelling and bruising. Avoid them for 24-48 hours after the treatment.
Bruising in the treated area is one of the most common dermal filler side effects. It may last a few weeks. Patient experience shows arnica helps in reducing bruising. It’s a plant-based product you can apply topically as a gel or lotion or take as a homeopathic pill. Arnica also alleviates swelling and pain.
Dermatologists recommend drinking plenty of water for several days after the procedure. Staying well hydrated aids in the natural healing process.
Cold compresses on the treated area alleviate swelling, minimize bruising, and ease discomfort. Apply them for 15 minutes every few hours.
Avoid vigorous physical activity like jogging and cardio exercises for 24-48 hours after treatment. Strenuous exercise increases the blood flow and may cause swelling and bruising. Also, avoid swimming because this type of exercise in combination with pool water may cause bruising and infection. Refrain from yoga, pilates, and other activities that require bending below the waist.
To ensure the maximum effectiveness of your dermal filler treatment, avoid exposure to heat and UV rays, including the sun, tanning beds, saunas, and hot wax.
Drinking alcohol increases circulation and may cause swelling and bruising. Avoid it for 24-48 hours after the treatment.
Refrain from touching the treated area for six hours. That includes pressing, massaging, rubbing, or picking on the treated area. You may gently massage the injection site only if you notice lumps forming.
Try to sleep on your back with your head elevated on an extra pillow for a few nights. This helps prevent blood pooling in the treated area.
Don’t schedule any facial treatments like facials, chemical peels, and laser therapy for two weeks after treatment because the fillers need time to settle and show their full effects.
For the first 24 hours, avoid skincare products with ingredients that may aggravate the treated area. These include alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, retinoids, and vitamin C. Use mild cleansers and apply sunscreen if spending time outdoors. It’s best to avoid makeup for 24 hours, but if you must use makeup, apply it lightly.
Doctors recommend refraining from air travel for a week after a filler treatment because changes in cabin pressure may aggravate the side effects.