Dermal Fillers Aftercare FAQs

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Learn more about dermal fillers aftercare, basic information about what exactly happens with your skin afterwards.

How long will the results of dermal filler injections last?

The effects of dermal fillers can last for up to 18 months but this will vary from person to person. It depends on their skin, the area treated and the amount and type of fillers used. At health + aesthetics we use Juvederm Vycross which is a premium hyaluronic acid filler that will last for up to 18 months. Other types of hyaluronic acid fillers do not last as long. Juvederm Vycross achieves a long-lasting natural look and feel whether it is used to lift or define certain areas of the face.

The results will gradually fade over time until your skin returns to its previous state. You can choose to have ‘touch up’ procedures to maintain the look created by dermal fillers.

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How long does it take for dermal fillers to work?

You can expect the results of the procedure to be visible immediately after having the treatment. If there is any swelling then this should take a couple of weeks to settle down.

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to dermal fillers?

At health + aesthetics we use hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen-stimulating fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found inside the human body so a reaction to this substance is extremely rare. Collagen stimulating fillers, such as Radiesse, are made from calcium, a substance also found naturally in the body so, again, reactions are very rare.

Immediately after the treatment, there may be a slight redness, swelling, tenderness, a faint bubble like appearance and an itching sensation in the treated area. These side-effects are a normal result of the injection and will generally disappears gradually over a period of 7-14 days.

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Should I expect to feel any pain after having dermal fillers injected?

Most patients won’t experience any pain after having dermal fillers. But some people may find they have a little bit of soreness and/or mild bruising at the injection sites.

If you do experience any pain, bruising or swelling then you can treat this with an ice pack to reduce swelling and redness.

We will apply local anaesthetic cream to the area before the injections to help keep any pain during the procedure to a minimum. The filler also has some local anaesthetic which makes the procedure very comfortable.

Patients can also have treatment with infrared lamp – like Dermalux – to aid healing and recovery.

Can I take painkillers before having dermal filler injections?

It’s recommended to avoid anti-inflammatory painkillers before and after the procedure as these can thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising, swelling and bleeding. Ibuprofen and aspirin are the most well-known anti-inflammatory drugs; however, during your consultation it’s important that you let us know what medication you are taking so we can advise on possible contraindications.

Can I exercise after having dermal filler injections?

We recommend waiting at least a week after dermal fillers before doing any strenuous exercise to avoid the risk of infection. All strenuous exercise should be avoided, but it’s also recommended to avoid yoga as inverted positions, such as headstands, could also increase the risk of bruising and swelling.

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How soon can I drink alcohol after having dermal filler injections?

Although drinking alcohol won’t impact on the long-term results of having dermal fillers, it can increase bruising and swelling. Consuming alcohol a day or two before or after a procedure could increase the likelihood of bruising and swelling in some patients.

How soon after having dermal fillers can I fly?

Although there is some concern that flying after having fillers can cause issues due to changing air pressure in the cabin, there is no evidence that this is the case. There should be no issue with flying after having dermal fillers.

How long is the recovery time after having dermal fillers?

Some people experience mild bruising and swelling after the procedure. If this occurs you can expect the bruising and swelling to wear off in a week or two. After the procedure you can expect to have slight redness around the treated area, which will last a few hours.

Patients can recover quickly if they have treatment with an infrared lamp after having dermal fillers. At health + aesthetics, patients can choose to have treatment with Dermalux lamps to aid recovery.

How soon after having dermal fillers can I sunbathe?

Sunbathing, sunbeds and intense heat (such as saunas and Turkish baths) should be avoided for 1 week after treatment. If you do go out in the sun, wear sunscreen at all times.

You should also avoid exposing your skin to extreme cold for 1 week after treatment.

How soon after having dermal fillers can I touch my face?

Avoid touching the treated area for at least 6 hours after treatment. After that, the area can be gently cleansed and clean light make-up can be applied.

If I suffer from cold sores can I still have dermal fillers?

If you have a history of cold sores, there is a risk, due to the insertion of the needle into the skin, that the virus may be activated. This may cause a first outbreak of a cold sore or another eruption of a previous cold sore. Before your treatment, we advise you to take anti-viral medication. In the case of an outbreak of cold sores, please contact the clinic or seek medical advice.

What are some of the possible side-effects I should be aware of?

Rare but possible side-effects include redness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, pain, itching, infection, abscess formation. You can also experience lumpiness, prolonged firmness, nodule formation, granuloma formation, local necrosis, discolouration, allergic reaction and acne.

Rarely a scab can form at the treatment site, which can result in a scar. Treatment around the eyes and upper face can also result in swelling, bruising, lumpiness, discolouration, infection, abscess formation, scar formation, haemorrhage of the eyes, double vision and loss of vision.

How can I be sure the results will look natural?

At health + aesthetics we adhere to the MD Codes that dermal fillers expert Dr Mauricio de Maio pioneered. The MD Codes are predefined sites on the face where we inject fillers to produce the most natural results.

You can find out more about the MD Codes here and find out why this method of treatment is the safest and most precise way to administer facial fillers.

You can discover more about the procedure by visiting our Dermal Fillers page and if you have any questions about the procedure then contact health + aesthetics here.

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