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Dermal Fillers Aftercare – What You Should Expect After Treatment

Ellie Taylor
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Dermal fillers are an injectable cosmetic procedure that helps you to enhance, sculpt or define your features. They can be used to restore lost volume to revitalise and rejuvenate ageing skin

Here at Destination Skin, our expert team of medically trained Doctors and Nurses only use products from the world’s number #1brand Juvéderm® which gives you natural, lasting results.

You can read all about the procedure of having dermal fillers here, but in this blog, we’d like to talk about what you should expect from the process, what you shouldn’t and how aftercare plays an important part in getting the results you want!

Read on to find out more.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Face and lip fillers are injectable gels used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles or to add volume to areas, such as your lips and cheeks.

Fillers vary in density (thicknesses) which determines the area they can be used and what they are designed for – for example, providing symmetry, filling in lines or enhancing features.

They can be permanent or temporary but are usually made from hyaluronic acid or HA. This is a water-loving molecule that occurs naturally in your body. HA binds to water in your skin, integrating with your own facial tissue, which is what gives such great results.

What to Expect from the Treatment?

Although the procedure is minimally invasive, dermal fillers must be administered by a fully qualified practitioner in a clinical setting.

An anaesthetic cream is used to numb the chosen area; then the doctor or nurse injects small amounts of the HA filler, where the collagen in the skin has deteriorated over time, where you want more volume or enhanced definition and shape.

The entire process takes around an hour and is very low risk but it’s normal to experience some of the following :

  • Swelling around the injection site
  • Lumps or hard areas at the injection site
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Temporary numbness
  • Headaches are also common

These symptoms may last about a week, and most people don’t experience all of them – some people don’t have any side effects or symptoms at all. If you have any of these symptoms, they should disappear gradually over the next 1 to 2 weeks.

If any of these symptoms persist, get in touch with us straight away or check in with your GP. Your health always comes first.

What Shouldn’t Happen After a Treatment?

Serious problems following the procedure are rare but can include :

  • Infection
  • Continued lumpy appearance under the skin
  • The filler moving away from the intended treatment area
  • Scarring
  • Blocked blood vessels in the face.

If you experience any of these side effects, contact us or your GP as soon as possible.

At Destination Skin, safety is our standard; all our practitioners are fully trained and experienced and are happy to answer any questions, worries or concerns you have.

Tips and Advice for Dermal Fillers Aftercare

As with any kind of treatment, aftercare is important, and you can do a lot to make sure that your healing is quick and easy.

There are simple actions you can take to ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible :

  • Don’t wear make-up for 12 to 24 hours after treatment, particularly products containing AHA, Retinols or Vitamin C
  • Try not to touch or rub your face for at least 6 hours afterwards
  • Avoid exposure to the sun or UV rays for at least a week
  • Don’t do any vigorous exercise for at least a week after the procedure
  • Avoid hot temperatures like a sauna, hot tub or even a very hot bath for about 14 days
  • Avoid really cold temperatures too, both hot and cold exacerbate swelling and redness
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking, if you can, as this inhibits healing and can add to the bruising, for 48 hours after the treatment
  • Don’t have any kind of facial or facial waxing for at least two weeks after having fillers.

Do use painkillers; our practitioners or your GP can advise you on the type that’s best for you, and ice packs (or ice wrapped in a cloth) can be soothing and restorative.

Again, if you have any concerns or need aftercare advice, we are here to help.

Key Takeaways

  • Dermal fillers are an injectable cosmetic procedure that helps you to enhance, sculpt or define your features.
  • They can be permanent or temporary but are usually made from hyaluronic acid or HA, a gel made of a naturally occurring substance found in our bodies.
  • As with any treatment, there are often side effects like bruising, swelling and redness; these symptoms should disappear within 2 weeks.
  • If you have any other symptoms like infection, burst blood vessels or persistent lumps, it’s essential to contact a professional or your GP
  • You can do a lot to ensure that your healing is as quick and easy by following simple aftercare tips.

Our industry-leading skin and anti-ageing experts are available in all of our clinics and are fully qualified. If you are interested in our range of dermal fillers, book a FREE consultation with us.

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