DERMAL FILLERS PRE & POST CARE PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS

 

Pre-Treatment Instructions:

  • For optimal results, and to minimize the chance of bleeding or bruising at the injection site, please avoid all blood-thinning medications and supplements for one week prior to  your appointment. This includes over-the-counter medication such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, and Aleve. Also avoid herbal supplements such as garlic, vitamin E, ginko biloba, St. John's Wort and omega-3 capsules. If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your doctor prior to stopping use of aspirin. 
  • Inform your provider if you have a history of Perioral Herpes to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment. (Valtrex 500 mg BID, 5 days, start 2 days prior to treatment)
  • Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A) retinols, retinoids, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, or any "anti-aging" products for two days before and after treatment.
  • 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 it's ingredients or suffer from any neurological disorders.

 

Post-Treatment Instructions:

  • Avoid significant movement or massage of the treated area unless instructed by provider.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
  • Avoid extensive sun or heat for 72 hours.
  • Avoid consuming excess amounts of alcohol or salts to avoid excessive swelling.
  • If you have swelling, you may apply a cool compress for 15 minutes each hour.
  • Use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for discomfort.
  • Try to sleep face up and slightly elevated if you experience swelling.
  • Take Arnica (typically found in health food stores) to help the bruising and swelling. Begin taking at least two days prior to injections.
  • Wait a minimum of four weeks before skin care or laser treatments.

 

Dermal fillers last, on average, 6-12 months. It is recommended at the time of your treatment to schedule your next appointment for optimal anti-aging benefits. The most typical side effects (bruising, swelling, redness) are temporary and will resolve. However, please call the office to notify us if you experience any additional side effects.