Hyaluronic Acid Filler Injections Before and After Care and Treatment Contraindications

Hyaluronic Acid Filler Injections Before and After Care and Treatment Contraindications

Guidelines to follow before and after hyaluronic acid fillers?

  • Discontinue use of blood thinners (even ibuprofen and aspirin) one week before your appointment. Avoid for 3 to 4 days after your treatment as they can cause severe bruising. Tylenol is ok for pain.
  • Discontinue vitamins and other supplements that can affect the procedure and cause blood clotting or blood thinning.
  • Eat pineapple one to two weeks leading up to your treatment as it contains bromelain, an enzyme that can reduce bruising.
  • Take Arnica, a natural medicine, for 4 to 5 days leading up to your treatment in order to prevent swelling and speed up the healing process.
  • Abstain from alcohol one week before your treatment and for 24 hours after your injections.
  • Drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated. This keeps the area plump.
  • Use a cold compress, but do not ice the area! Ice may change the texture of the filler!
  • Use A&D ointment or Neosporin for 48 hours following your injections.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and heat for 48 hours. No tanning, hot tubs, saunas, waxing, facial steams, or hot showers.
  • Avoid working out or elevating your heart rate for 48 hours. Avoid sweating and keep your skin clean.
  • No lipstick or makeup on the affected area for 7 days! Also avoid thick serums and retinols.
  • Avoid activities that may move the filler around for 7 to 10 days. No massaging, facials, touching, or picking the affected area as it goes through the healing process and the fillers set.

Potential side effects?

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Minor pain
  • Lumps
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding

What might prevent me from having these treatments?

  • A skin concern or an infection
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Blood clotting issues
  • Any severe allergies
  • A history of anaphylactic shock
  • An allergy to collagen or eggs
  • An allergy to animal products
  • An allergy to local anesthetics such as lidocaine
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding 
  • An allergy to any component that goes into making the filler
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