Dermal Fillers: Do’s and Dont’s
Dermal fillers have been a popular part of cosmetic dermatology for a while. Over the years, injectable fillers have gotten more advanced. When done properly by a qualified practitioner, fillers can look absolutely natural. Patients who want to smooth out lines and wrinkles can have a convenient and easy procedure done to refresh their looks without anybody noticing they’ve “had work done.” But to make sure you get the most out of your procedure, follow these dermal fillers dos and don’ts.
DO Educate and Prepare Yourself Before Getting Dermal Fillers
Whether or not you are just starting to think about cosmetic injectables, or you have already made the decision to get dermal fillers, you should prepare yourself before you go in for a consultation or procedure. There is a lot of information on cosmetic dermatology out there and a lot of it is important to consider. If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available, then focus on the following things:
- Only get fillers from a qualified and experienced injector. Everyone ages differently and everyone’s face is different. It takes time and training for a person to know the right amount of filler to use and exactly where it should be injected for the best individual results. We recommend going through a dermatologist’s office to get cosmetic procedures like this done to ensure you get a highly qualified injector.
- Research the different types of fillers available so you can have an informed discussion with your provider during your consultation.
- Don’t give in to pressure to have the fillers done the same day as your consultation. Especially if you have not had fillers before, you might want to take some time to think about it. Some aesthetics clinics will waive their consultation fee if you get the procedure the same day, but if you aren’t properly prepared (see the dos and don’ts below) there can be complications. Only get the fillers when you feel like you are ready.
- If you have a history of facial cold sores, then needle punctures can increase the chances of an outbreak. Talk to your provider about the risks.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not get dermal fillers.
- People with allergies to ingredients in the fillers should not get them either, so be sure you ask about the ingredients and share concerns with your provider.
DON’T Take Over the Counter Pain Killers Before the Procedure
You should discontinue use of any over-the-counter pain relievers at least a week before you get dermal fillers. Blood-thinning drugs like ibuprofen (Advil & Motrin), aspirin, and Aleve can increase the chances of bleeding, bruising, and complications during and after the injections.
DO Follow Instructions about Skincare and Supplements Prior to the Injections
- Don’t wax, tweeze, bleach, or use hair removal products on the treatment area for at least two days before the treatment.
- Do not use topical products for at least two days before the procedure. Treatments to avoid include Retinol, Retin-A, Retinoids, glycolic acid, and anything labeled “anti-aging”
- Stop taking supplements one week prior. Your provider can give you a list to avoid, which might include St John’s Wort, vitamin E, ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Primrose oil, and garlic.
DON’T Drink Alcohol for at Least 48-72 Hours Before the Procedure
Just like over-the-counter pain relievers, alcohol has a blood-thinning effect. This can lead to bruising and inflammation. It’s also a good idea not to drink for a day or so after the procedure to avoid inflammation and possible dehydration.
DO Follow Aftercare Instructions
- Follow instructions given to you by your injector about ointments, like an Arnica ointment, to take care of the skin and reduce bruising after the appointment.
- Ask your injector about icing the treatment area off and on throughout the day. Often, it is a recommended part of aftercare, but some treatments are best left without it.
- Don’t exercise for a few days after you get the injections. You will probably feel fine and able to exercise, but the increase in blood flow and movement can “nudge” the fillers out of place.
- Don’t touch, massage, or rub the area treated to avoid moving the fillers out of place. Wait at least 24 hours to put any kind of pressure on the affected skin.
- Don’t expose yourself to direct sunlight for at least 24-48 hours after the injections. The skin will be sensitive and sun exposure, especially if you get a sunburn, can cause damage.
- Don’t wear makeup for at least 24 hours after the procedure. The skin needs time to heal before it is covered by makeup products.
- Staying hydrated will not only help you feel good overall, but fillers respond better to a hydrated body.
DO Make an Appointment at Blue Ridge Dermatology
At Blue Ridge Dermatology, our expert dermatologists are experienced in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. If you are looking for a qualified professional to perform a procedure like dermal filler injections, look no further. All of our injectable dermal fillers are administered by our advanced nurse injector, Karin Berg, who is a registered nurse and certified aesthetic nurse specialist with specialized training in cosmetic injectables. To make an appointment, call us at 919-781-1050.