Dermal Fillers: Recovery Tips + What to Expect

Anti-aging treatments like dermal fillers are highly-effective injectables that can make you look younger without invasive surgery. Safe and powerful, there many options available today, each injectable is designed to address a different issue. You can correct anything from hollow cheeks to a wrinkled forehead. Fast and virtually painless, injectable treatments require minimal recovery time.

Procedure Basics
While the formulations and benefits may differ, the process is similar overall with neurotoxins or fillers. The treatment is delivered with an ultra-fine needled into the targeted area beneath the skin.

Basically, the procedure involves science applied with an artist’s hand. The injector must have experience and an aesthetic eye. Both are necessary to determine the most effective injectable, how much to inject, and where to administer it to achieve optimal results. The goal is for the patient to look natural, not overdone. Therefore, it is very important you go to a skilled professional with experience using a variety of dermal fillers and neurotoxins.

How Soon Will I See Results?
Although everyone would love to restore their youthful appearance immediately, it can take 7–10 days after an injection to enjoy the full effect. It can take that long for the swelling or bruising to subside and for the treatment to settle completely. Dermal fillers can take from three days to two weeks for the final results.

Potential Side Effects
One reason cosmetic injectables are so popular is that the related side effects are minimal. Swelling, redness, tenderness or bruising are quite common near the injection site. All of these issues tend to resolve in less than a week. If you are preparing for a major event, it is recommended that you schedule your filler treatment accordingly, allowing time for at least a full week of recovery time. With name-brand dermal fillers or something similar, any side effects typically subside within an hour after treatment, so you can book your injections on the same day as a social engagement.

Before Your Treatment
The following medications should be stopped a week before your appointment and not be used until 3–5 days following your injections:

Aspirin
Gingko Biloba
Ginseng
Ibuprofen
Omega-3 fatty acids
St John’s Wort
Vitamin E
Recovery Tips
There are many ways to minimize the minor side effects associated with injectables, including:

Follow your provider’s pre- and post-treatment instructions
Remain upright for 3–4 hours following your injection, avoid sleeping
Avoid rubbing or pressing on the affected area for 3–4 hours after treatment
Natural Arnica supplements may reduce swelling
Sleep with your head propped up the night following your injection to minimize swelling
Avoid aerobic exercise, straining, and bending over for 3–4 hours after the procedure
Limit heat and sun exposure until redness and swelling fully subsides
Apply a cold compress lightly to the treated area for 5–10 minutes every hour after a dermal filler
Acetaminophen can be taken to alleviate discomfort or pain
Avoid other cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels or facials for at least 24 hours after an injection
If you experience severe pain that persists at the injection site or blanching of the skin contact your injector.
For some individuals, a slight revision or a minor touch-up might be needed to achieve the desired outcome. A one to two-week wait is required to allow the first treatment to kick in fully and take maximum effect. After that time has lapsed, revisions can be made.

Dermal Filler Maintenance
While injectable treatments last a long time, eventually, the anti-aging effects do wear off. Depending on the treatment used, results can last from 4-months–3-years. But there are ways to extend the results of dermal fillers. With regular maintenance treatments, you can enjoy your youthful appearance a lot longer.

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