During the first 24-48 hours after your dermal filler treatment you may experience redness, swelling, bruising and/or tenderness in the treated areas. Redness and swelling usually resolves within the first 24 hours, except in those with especially sensitive skins who may take longer. Bruising may take several days to fade.
The following guidelines are recommended during the first 24-48 hours following injection treatment.
- Apply cool compresses to the treated areas to relieve swelling and reduce the risk of bruising.
- Arnica or Hirudoid may be used to help bruising and to promote healing.
- Cleanse and moisturise as usual, but it is best to avoid using more active products containing AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids/Glycolics), BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids), or Retinoid gels or creams during the first 24 hours as these may inflame the injection sites.
- Ideally, you should delay using makeup in the treated area until the next day. Light makeup may be used if absolutely necessary immediately.
- Avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol as this increases circulation and may prolong bruising or swelling.
- Similarly, avoid strenuous exercise and extremes of hot and cold.
- Drink regularly throughout the day (Approximately 8 glasses of water is recommended daily).
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medicines, such as Aspirin/Dispirin.
- Should you feel or see any lumps in the treated areas once swelling has subsided it is recommended that you gently massage the area carefully with clean fingers.
- Do not have facials, facial waxing, Glycolic or AHA peels, Liquid Nitrogen (dry ice) or laser treatments for 10-14 days after injection.
- Occasionally, injections into the lips can activate cold sores in those prone to this condition. Cold sore ointment is available over the counter in pharmacy and should be used at the first sign of an outbreak. Our doctors can prescribe cold sore tablets as a preventative measure prior to future treatments if cold sores are problematic for you.