Receiving filler for the first time can be a bit intimidating, we get it! Here at Weiler Plastic Surgery, we believe that educating our patients allows them to make the best decisions for their individual needs. We understand that, although a small, non-surgical, and relatively painless procedure, receiving filler and botox can be intimidating for someone who’s never done it. Because of this, we’ve put together a little guide for what to expect before and after receiving a filler treatment.
In order to reduce the amount of bruising and swelling at the injection site, Dr. Weiler recommends:
- Avoid blood thinning over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve one week prior to injections.
- Avoid supplements, including St. John’s Wort, gingko biloba, primrose oil, garlic, ginseng, and Vitamin E for one week prior to injections.
- Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, or any “Anti-Aging” products for 2 days prior.
- Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or hair removal cream on the area to be treated for 2 days prior.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior.
- Start taking Arnica two days prior to the procedure. (This is not required, but will help to lessen bruising).
- If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another eruption of cold sores. Please let your Physician Assistant know if you are prone.
- Do not use dermal fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any ingredients, or suffer from neurological disorders. Please inform us if you have any questions about this prior to your treatment.
THE DAY OF TREATMENT:
- Arrive at the office with a “clean face” — washed and without makeup.
- In order to maximize your comfort during the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied. In some cases, a local numbing medication will be injected into or around the area(s) to be treated.
WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR OF TREATMENT:
- Apply an ice pack and Arnica topically — Arnica + Bromelain tablets are both natural supplements to reduce bruising. These are available for purchase in our offices.
- Take acetaminophen to reduce pain as necessary.
- Avoid itching, massaging, or picking around the injection site. This is normal and generally disappears within a few hours to a few days. If these symptoms last more than 3 days, please contact our office.
WITHIN SIX TO TEN HOURS OF TREATMENT:
- Avoid drinking alcohol or partaking in strenuous exercise, as it may result in additional bruising.
- Until the swelling and redness have resolved, avoid intense heat in the treated area(s). This includes sunbathing, tanning, saunas, hot tubs, or hot wax.
- To help alleviate bruising, we recommend taking Arnica or Bromelain, eating fresh pineapple, and applying ice to the area.
- To help alleviate swelling, we recommend an antihistamine during the day, like Zyrtec or Claritin, and Benedryl at night.
- If there is a visible bump, you can massage the area. Depending on the areas treated and the product used, you may feel “firmness.” These areas will soften and settle with time (usually 1-2 weeks).
- Sunscreen and makeup can be applied and you may use a gentle cleanser on the area.
PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY IF YOU:
- Have fever and/or chills, have discolored blotches in areas not injected or blanching of injected areas if the area appears red, hot to the touch, or you have severe or increasing pain.