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Dermal Fillers Aftercare: Comprehensive Guide for Optimal Results

Dermal fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment that provides instant results, enhancing facial contours and smoothing out wrinkles. However, proper aftercare is essential to ensure the best outcomes and prolong the effects of the treatment.

In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about dermal fillers aftercare, including tips for managing side effects, what to avoid, and how to maintain your beautiful results for as long as possible.

“Following the right aftercare steps is crucial to maximize the benefits of your dermal filler treatment. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.”

Treatment Timeline, Preparation, and Aftercare

3 Days Before:
  • Avoid alcohol, aspirin, and any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to reduce the risk of bruising.
  • Discontinue any blood-thinning supplements such as fish oil, vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba.
  • Ensure you have gentle skincare products at home, such as a mild cleanser and hydrating moisturizer.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
0 Days Before (Treatment Day):
  • Arrive with a clean face; avoid makeup.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Eat a small meal to avoid feeling light-headed during the procedure.
  • Expect a consultation to review your medical history and confirm the treatment plan.
Immediately Post Treatment:
  • Apply an ice pack to the treated areas to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Avoid touching, pressing, or manipulating the treated areas to prevent filler displacement.
  • Apply a gentle, hydrating moisturizer. Our recommended product is the Vivier LEXXEL Moisturizing Cream, but other options include CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, Aquaphor Healing Ointment, and Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream.
  • Avoid sun exposure and apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and excessive facial movements.
1 Day Post Treatment:
  • Continue using a mild cleanser and hydrating moisturizer.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
  • Refrain from strenuous activities, excessive sweating, and exposure to high temperatures (e.g., saunas, hot tubs).
  • Avoid sleeping on your face to prevent filler displacement.
3 Days Post Treatment:
  • Continue with gentle skincare routines.
  • Minor redness, swelling, and bruising are normal; continue using soothing and hydrating products.
  • Avoid alcohol, aspirin, NSAIDs, and blood-thinning supplements.
  • You may use arnica gel or tablets to help reduce bruising.
7 Days Post Treatment:
  • Skin should begin to show improvement. Continue using gentle skincare products.
  • Monitor for any signs of adverse reactions, such as prolonged redness, swelling, or lumps, and contact your practitioner if necessary.
  • Follow any additional instructions provided by your practitioner.
14 Days Post Treatment:
  • The full effects of the treatment should be visible.
  • Resume normal activities and skincare routines.
  • If desired, schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the results and discuss any additional treatments.
  • Continue using sunscreen daily to protect your skin and maintain the results.
6 Months Post Treatment:
  • Schedule a maintenance appointment if needed, as dermal fillers typically last between 6 to 18 months depending on the type of filler used and individual metabolism.
  • Follow long-term care recommendations from your practitioner.
  • Continue to monitor the treated area and report any concerns.
  • Maintain a healthy skincare routine to prolong the results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Avoid touching or massaging the treated area, strenuous exercise, alcohol, and excessive sun exposure for at least 48 hours after treatment.
The results of dermal fillers can last from 6 to 18 months, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated.
It’s best to avoid makeup on the treated area for at least 24 hours to reduce the risk of infection or irritation.
Common side effects include swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness at the injection sites, which usually subside within a few days.
Applying a cold compress, staying hydrated, and sleeping with your head elevated can help reduce swelling.
Contact your provider if you experience severe pain, significant swelling, or any signs of infection such as fever or pus at the injection sites.