Dermal fillers are an extremely popular treatment for addressing certain signs of aging. The actual injection process involves minimal pain and downtime, making it one of the most convenient cosmetic procedures available.
While you’re sure to get good results from one of many dermal fillers, there are some do’s and don’ts you should consider for optimal ones.This article will provide a basic overview of dermal fillers, along with a list of those do’s and don’ts worth noting.
Let’s get into it!
Dermal Filler 101
Dermal fillers are FDA-approved gel-based injectables that are made from a variety of substances. The most commonly-used fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is a naturally-occuring substance found in the skin.
While one of the most widely known uses of injectable fillers is for adding or restoring volume to certain areas of the face and smoothing facial wrinkles, they are also used for a variety of other treatments. These include plumping lips, smoothing creases and folds, and contouring the face.
There are many different brands/types of dermal fillers, which is why a pre-appointment consultation with your provider is important to determine which would be best for you.
Do’s and Don’ts Before and After Getting Dermal Fillers
There are a few key things you need to keep in mind before and after getting a dermal filler procedure.
These do’s and don’ts will help you get the most out of your appointment and provide the best results:
- Do come to your appointment without makeup. Coming in with clean, bare skin will reduce the risk of irritation and help the injection process go smoothly.
- Do follow your provider’s instructions both pre and post appointment. These instructions will greatly reduce the risks of complications and help you maximize your results.
- Do avoid excessive UV exposure both before and after your appointment. Your skin will be especially sensitive in the days after your appointment, making it more susceptible to UV rays.
- Do use cold compresses to manage any swelling or discomfort following your dermal filler procedure.
- Do ask questions and bring up any concerns to your provider at any time throughout the process.
- Do take arnica montana and vitamin c to help minimize any potential bruising
- Don’t consume alcohol in the days before and after your treatment. Alcohol is a blood thinner and can interfere with the treatment and healing process.
- Don’t engage in strenuous exercise for at least 2 days following your appointment – or until any swelling subsides.
- Don’t touch or pick at the injection site. Try to keep your hands away from the site for as long as possible throughout the healing process.
- Don’t do anything that drastically raises your body temperature during the healing phase. This includes avoiding anything that may make you sweat profusely.
- Don’t use topical products containing strong active ingredients such as Retinol, Retinoids, or Glycolic Acid following your procedure. These may irritate the already sensitive area.
Dermal Fillers at The Couture Surgeon
The Couture Surgeon offers a wide variety of injectable fillers depending on your concerns and treatment goals.
Dr. Julie Ferrauiola will consult with you to understand your needs and help create a customized injectable treatment plan.
Our Bergen County, NJ office prioritizes patient health and safety, and our entire staff is highly trained and experienced in aesthetic medicine.
If you’re interested in learning more about our dermal filler procedures, give us a call today!