Dermal fillers are a wonderful medical aesthetic treatment that can truly improve facial contouring for those who are experiencing volume loss or are simply wanting to enhance the appearance of a particular facial area. One of the most common patient concerns we hear from those considering filler injections is about bruising and swelling. Both of these concerns can be minimized with a few steps both before and after your injections to help ensure you achieve an optimal outcome.
Before The Appointment:
First and foremost, you want to find a qualified injector who is a licensed medical provider. You should check out their before and after pictures and reviews before scheduling your appointment. Their website or RealSelf are good places to start your research.
Many practices will offer consultations with their appointments so that the provider can properly assess your expectations as well as anatomy to design a treatment plan that is best for you. Different fillers are used depending on the area of the face to be injected. This is because some fillers have a thinner consistency and are used more superficially, whereas other fillers have a thicker consistency and are often used deeper underneath the skin or muscle to achieve a different effect. Additionally, fillers have varying durations ranging from 6 to 24 months for Hyaluronic fillers or 5 to 7 years for collagen-based fillers like Bellafill.
Did you know certain foods, supplements and creams can help your healing process? Foods like pineapple, papaya, spinach, kale, and broccoli all have anti-inflammatory and healing properties to help minimize bruising and speed up recovery. Arnica Montana is also often utilized either as a cream or gel prior to and following injections. Arnica oral supplements can also be taken for the temporary relief of bruising, swelling and pain associated with soft tissue injury. Supplements should only be taken with the recommendation from a medical provider and should always follow the recommended dosage and timeline.
Revision Skincare makes an amazing Vitamin K Serum that contains the powerhouse healing ingredients Vitamin K, Arnica, Papain (from Papaya) and Bromelain (from Pineapple). We have seen great results for our patients who use this serum prior to and following injections.
Some Foods & Activities to Avoid:
At The Appointment:
Well trained medical providers should be following a strict protocol to minimize the chance of infection. At your appointment, your provider will have you wash your hands and face. They should use a headband, surgical cap or hair clips to secure hair away from your face. For lip or perioral filler treatment, a mouthwash rinse is also highly recommended. A medical-grade face disinfectant should be applied to treat the skin prior to injecting. A well-trained provider will also change gloves as needed throughout the appointment.
Your provider should let you know what to expect over the next week as well as what circumstances would require a phone call or return office visit.
After Your Appointment:
For the first 24 hours:
So, with a few simple considerations and steps, you can feel confident scheduling your next filler appointment. You can schedule a consultation with us here.