Dermal fillers have gained significant popularity for their ability to restore volume, smooth fine lines, and enhance facial contours. At Arizona Dermatology, we even offer Juvederm Volux, a new hyaluronic-acid based dermal filler for the jawline. While the treatment is generally safe and effective, proper before- and aftercare is essential for optimal results.
Before Your Treatment: Set Yourself Up for Success
Before the procedure, avoid blood-thinning medications, herbal supplements, and alcohol, as they can increase the risk of bruising. Some common blood thinning medications and herbs include:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- Fish oil
- John’s Wort
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
- Ginkgo Biloba
Dermal Filler Aftercare: Ensuring a Seamless Recovery
After receiving dermal fillers, it’s crucial to take specific precautions to ensure the best possible results. Refrain from touching or rubbing the treated areas for at least six hours post-treatment to prevent infection and to maintain filler integrity. Do not apply anything to your skin until the day after treatment. This includes cleanser, moisturizer, or makeup. Applying cold compresses intermittently for the first 24 hours can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Taking acetaminophen is also acceptable. Steer clear of excessive heat, such as saunas, hot showers, or direct sunlight, as it may exacerbate swelling and bruising. Also refrain from strenuous activities, intense workouts, or facial massages for at least 24 – 48 hours as these activities can disrupt filler placement and heighten the risk of swelling, bruising, or displacement.
How to Sleep After Dermal Fillers: Optimal Positions for Healing
Proper sleeping positions are vital for a smooth recovery after dermal fillers. We recommend sleeping on your back with your head elevated using pillows to minimize swelling and to prevent pressure on the treated areas. Avoid sleeping on your side or stomach, as this can lead to uneven filler distribution, resulting in undesired outcomes. If you wake up in the middle of night and find yourself in the wrong position, don’t panic. Just adjust your sleeping position as needed.
Contact Your Provider Immediately If You Experience Complications
Should you encounter any of the symptoms listed below, please get in touch with our office promptly:
- Dusky or white discoloration of injected areas
- Mottling or unusual bruising
- Severe or increasing pain
- Increasing warmth or coolness to the touch
- Severe swelling
- Difficulty swallowing or smiling
Longer Term Post-Treatment Care
Proper post-treatment care is crucial to ensuring the longevity and desired outcomes of dermal fillers. After the initial recovery period, adopting a diligent skincare routine is recommended, including gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection. Shield your skin from direct sunlight and regularly apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays and to prevent premature aging or breakdown of the filler. Avoid dental work for 30 days after filler injections. Wait a minimum of four weeks (or as directed by your provider) before receiving any skin care or laser treatments. Schedule follow-up appointments with your dermatologist to monitor and maintain your results over time.
Achieve Your Dream Results with Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can deliver remarkable results in rejuvenating and enhancing facial features. Each step in the process plays a crucial role in achieving your desired aesthetics—including what you do before and after your treatment. At Arizona Dermatology, our experienced professionals prioritize patient safety and provide comprehensive guidance for successful dermal filler treatments.
By following these recommendations and seeking the expertise of a trusted dermatologist, patients in the Greater Phoenix area can enjoy the benefits of dermal fillers while minimizing potential complications. Don’t hesitate to prioritize your skin health and beauty—contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our seven offices in and around Phoenix, Arizona.