Updated: Aug 29, 2021
As we age, our skin begins to show signs of wear in the form of wrinkles, creases and sagging. While some of these facial features can be the result of positive experiences like smiling, it doesn't make them any more welcome for many people.
A dermal filler is a non-surgical, minimally invasive, medical treatment that is injected into the skin to correct creases, wrinkles and folds associated with aging. They also add volume and definition by altering contours to regain a more youthful appearance.
Inform your provider if you have a history of Perioral Herpes to receive advice on antiviral therapy before treatment.
Avoid dental work (including standard teeth cleaning) at least two weeks before treatment and one month following treatment. Avoid oral surgery at least four weeks before treatment and one month following treatment.
7 Days Before Treatment
To prevent bruising: Avoid blood thinning over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve.
Also avoid herbal supplements, such as Garlic, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and Omega-3 capsules.
Please note: If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your doctor before stopping the use of Aspirin.
3 Days Before Treatment
Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, or any “anti-aging” products. Also avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or the use of hair removal cream on the area to be treated.
Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
Do not use Dermal Fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any of its ingredients, or suffer from any neurological disorders. Please inform your provider if you have any questions about this before the treatment.
Day of Treatment:
We will be removing all makeup from your face. Please ensure you bring your make-up for touch-ups post-treatment.
To maximize your comfort during the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied. In some cases, a local numbing medication will be injected into or around the area(s) to be treated.
You may experience a mild amount of tenderness or a stinging sensation following injection.
To ensure a smooth and even correction, your provider may massage the area(s) treated, which may cause a temporary, minimal amount of redness to your skin.
Immediately After Treatment
Redness and swelling are normal. Bruising may also be visible. You may experience some tenderness at the treatment site(s) that can last for a few hours or a few days.
Depending upon the area(s) treated and product(s) used, you may feel “firmness” in the treated area(s) for 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. Over time, the area(s) will soften and “settle.”
Apply an ice or cold gel pack to the area(s) treated (avoiding pressure) as this helps reduce swelling and the potential for bruising.
Once you have adequately cooled/iced the area(s) as instructed and any pinpoint bleeding from the injection site(s) has subsided, you may begin wearing makeup.
Avoid placing excessive pressure on the treated area(s) for the first few hours and up to 2 to 3 days; when cleansing your face or applying makeup, be very gentle.
Avoid exercise or strenuous activities for the remainder of the treatment day; you may resume other normal activities/routines immediately.
You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol if you experience any mild tenderness or discomfort.
Avoid extended UV exposure until any redness/swelling has subsided. Be sure to apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.
Wait for a minimum of four weeks (or as directed by your health care provider) before receiving any skin care or laser treatments.
Any bruising will fade in 5 to 14 days.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.