Dermal fillers are one of the most popular treatments used to reduce the signs of ageing and enhance facial features. Injectable fillers can improve the texture of skin, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and add volume to desirable areas of the face, giving you the confidence to bring out the best in yourself.
But before you begin the journey into non-surgical aesthetics, it is vital to ensure you are fully informed about every step of the process. London City Skin Clinic offers personalised aftercare advice for those seeking the revolutionary effects of dermal fillers, but before you book your consultation appointment, you need to make sure it’s the right treatment for you.
Dermal fillers aftercare
Dermal fillers have a minimal recovery time and in most cases you can return to work the very next day, but you should take the following guidance to bring the best out of your treatment:
- Avoid excessive heat and sweating
You are advised not to engage in any activity that could create excessive sweating for 48 hours following your procedure. Such activities include engaging in exercise, using saunas or steam rooms.
Exercise can also raise your blood pressure levels which increases the risk of bruising and swelling, which can interrupt the natural results achieved from Dermal Fillers.
- Leave the treated area untouched
Avoid facials, massages and microdermabrasion on the treated area for 2 weeks. In extreme cases, consistent pressure can cause the HA to migrate to other areas of the face if persistent contact is applied.
It should be safe to apply make-up 12 hours after injections, but it is best to seek the advice of your Medical Practitioner as the punctures left in your skin can become infected if penetrated by bacteria in beauty products. However, puncture spots from HA injections have minimal healing time.
- Avoid alcohol and anti-inflammatory medication
Alcohol and anti-inflammatories such as aspirin or ibuprofen are blood thinners and can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. If you have had numerous injection points, there is a higher risk of redness, swelling and bruising resulting in slower healing, so this is particularly important. If you wish to reduce any discomfort, it is safer to use paracetamol.
- Stay hydrated
Keeping hydrated throughout the period of your treatment will ensure minimised swelling, and provide the HA with a natural body of water to maintain a fresh, full appearance. Dermal fillers in particular work by binding hyaluronic acid to existing water in the skin, so it is essential to drink plenty of liquids and avoid stimulants to retain healthy hydration levels in your facial tissues.
- Avoid UV exposure
For 48 hours following the procedure, avoid too much exposure to the sun and strong UV rays. To prevent delay in healing time, use strong SPF and shield the treated area from the effects of strong sunlight if necessary for two days after treatment.
London City Skin Clinic provides further advice that is tailored to you. Most people will be able to continue their daily activities as normal but to achieve the ultimate result from your treatment it is pertinent to follow the advice of your medical practitioner.
What to look out for
Immediately following your treatment, you may experience redness, swelling and occasionally minor bruising. The extent of this depends entirely on your personal treatment plan as well as the condition of your skin. However, this should dissipate within a few days.
When you choose a medical professional to carry out your treatment, the chances of experiencing complications is unlikely but it is still prudent to be aware of the signs of any issues, as any needle in the skin can be a risk.
If you experience any of the following, return to your practitioner immediately:
- Lumpy appearance under the skin as this could be evidence of filler aggregation, infection or unexpected allergy
- The filler moving away from the treated area
- Skin discolouration or unusual pain, possibly caused by impairment to blood flow in the treated area
- Persistent redness and swelling beyond a few days
How long does it take for Dermal Fillers to heal?
The full results of Dermal Fillers should appear within 2-3 weeks after the procedure as it takes some time for the injectables to fully integrate into your skin. However, in a lot of instances, the actual healing time is so minimal, you could return to work the very next day.
You will be advised not to exercise for 24-48 hours after treatment and avoid excessive heat. You should also avoid touching and rubbing the treated areas, and are advised not to consume alcohol within this time period. Depending on the condition of your skin and your medical history, we may provide additional aftercare advice to help your Dermal Fillers settle naturally.
At London City Skin Clinic, your safety and wellbeing is a top priority which is why every Dermal Filler treatment begins with a consultation to discuss your needs and medical history. We will also make sure that you are fully informed and comfortable with your chosen treatment before you decide to go ahead.
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