Injectable dermal fillers have gained in popularity at our med spa and around the world for a multitude of reasons, including the fact that they are versatile, inexpensive, and quick. While these treatments are amazing for so many reasons, there are some things that you should be aware of during your post-treatment care.
Even though there are many things to consider before getting a dermal filler treatment, you should never do this following a filler appointment—
Avoid Having Dental Work Done Immediately After Dermal Filler Injections
Avoid scheduling any dental work for at least two weeks after your dermal filler session unless it is an emergency. There are several causes for this:
- Pressure on the area can cause your filler to migrate and aggravate any existing edema.
- Micro injuries near your fillers injection point may result from dental work. This increases your chances of getting a bacterial infection while your fillers are still healing.
Don’t Engage in Strenuous Cardio Exercises
Cardio exercises are fantastic for increasing endorphins and burning fat, but they aren’t so great for improving filler outcomes. This is due to the fact that cardio momentarily boosts your blood pressure. This can increase your chances of bruising and/or edema at the injection site. We realize it’s difficult if you’re a gym rat. Still, we recommend waiting a full day following your dermal filler injections before engaging in any exercise that raises your heart rate for an extended length of time. Don’t worry—your patience will actually help you reap the benefits sooner!
Do Not Use Cosmetics or Facial Tools
Dermal filler injections produce tiny prick scars in your skin where they are injected. These openings might serve as entry points for bacteria in your makeup if you apply it immediately after your treatment. However, you can start to wear makeup again only 30 minutes from the time of treatment. 30 minutes is enough time for the small injection sites to heal.
Facial tools, such as Gua Sha stones and jade rollers, can increase blood flow to the areas where the injections were placed, potentially causing edema or bruising. You could also experience migration beneath the skin; thus, use these products with caution.
Do Not Lie Down
Avoid lying down for the first four hours following dermal filler treatment. This will assist with not having it migrate or cause bruising. For the same reasons, you should avoid sleeping on the side of your face where Dermal fillers were administered for the first night after your treatment. This will also allow the dermal fillers to settle in fully.
Avoid Having a Facial, Massage, or Microdermabrasion
Dermal injections can migrate within the skin if persistent and appropriate pressure is applied to them. You should avoid getting a massage, facial, or microdermabrasion for the first two weeks.
Similarly, avoid rubbing your injection sites for the first day after your dermal filler injections since this can irritate the skin and cause or worsen bruising or swelling. While massage can sometimes help with mild symptoms like slight asymmetry or moderate lumpiness, don’t massage your fillers unless we have instructed you to do so.
Don’t Wear Goggles or Other Eyewear That Exerts Pressure on the Treated Regions
Avoid wearing eyewear or goggles in the days immediately following your filler injections in the upper half of your face. Migration of the fillers can occur do the pressure of certain forms of eyewear.
Do Not Use NSAIDs to Relieve Pain
It’s typical to have some lingering soreness following filler injections, and pain relievers can undoubtedly help. However, it is critical that you take the correct type of pain reliever so that any bruising does not worsen.
NSAIDs like Alieve and Advil thin the blood, increasing the likelihood of bruising. Instead, use acetaminophen (Tylenol), which has no such effect.
Alcohol has a similar impact to NSAIDs and some other substances in that it thins the blood and causes bruising. It is advised to abstain from alcohol for 48 hours before and after your visit.
Don’t Get a Tan
Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds after your dermal filler procedure; avoid exposing your treated skin to UV rays, which may result in edema, bruising, or redness around your fillers. If you must be outside in the sun, wear sunscreen with a high SPF and protective gear to protect your skin.
You Should Not Expect to Be Camera-ready Right Away
Even if you follow all of our instructions to the T, some swelling and bruising are expected following a filler treatment. Schedule no major gatherings for at least two weeks—this social reprieve allows you to fully heal and look your best.
While you can do plenty of things right after dermal injections, we hope that you find our list of “don’t do’s” helpful.