Before treatment advice to avoid bruising
• Avoid planning any important work or social events for 2-7 days after treatments in case of swelling or bruising.
• Medications to possibly discontinue 7 days before treatment. Some of these may be needed for medical reasons so check with your doctor first. The reason to stop these is that they make your blood less likely to clot (“thinner”) that can cause bruising. If you are on warfarin/Coumadin or Plavix, stay on it!
• Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil)
• St. John’s Wart
• Omega 3 fatty acids
• Vitamin E
• Ginseng .
• Stop drinking alcohol 2 days prior to injections.
• Try eating pineapple 2-3 times for 1-2 days prior to injections.
• Take Arnica tablets 3-7 days prior. Don’t take if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.
• If you have ever had a cold sore around the mouth or near the injection site, talk to your doctor about tablets to prevent an outbreak due to the injections.
Most patients have no problem after facial filler treatments. Overall it is extremely safe with high satisfaction. The most common problem is not having realistic expectations from the treatment. 0.5ml filler in the lips will be extremely subtle. Most clients will find to show difference they will need 1ml in their lips or possibly more. Filler does not always last as long as desired or give the same effect from person to person. One person may find it lasting 18 months whilst another only a very short amount of time. This is also the same with the amount of filler needed, some patients may notice a significant difference with a 1ml syringe, whereas other patients only notice a very subtle change. This is due to the patients own tissue.
If you do not get the results you want, don’t be disappointed. Often the answer is more filler or possibly a thicker filler. It is common that patients need a few treatments to achieve their desired results. This is not a problem if you need more, extra filler can be added as soon as the swelling subsides.
Lips fillers can sometimes be used to correct uneven lips. If you have uneven lips, more than one treatment may be needed to completely correct lip size and symmetry.
• Some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness, itching, and discoloration at the injection site. The intensity and duration of your fillers side effects will depend on individual healing characteristics, but normally can last for one to two weeks after the treatment.
• Remember it can take up to 14 days for the results of cosmetic treatments to fully evolve (“settle in”). You should expect to be swollen for up to 14 days. 4 weeks is usually the amount of time needed to see the true result. Wait until the healing time is finished before you can see the size and shape your fillers will be.
• Try to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment, alcohol can cause excessive bruising.
• No excessive sun or heat until any initial swelling and redness have resolved. (sunbeds and saunas to be avoided for at least 1 week). If you have a holiday planned immediately after to a hot climate, protect your face in the sun with a high SPF and avoid sunbathing for long periods of time without protecting your face.
• Do not squeeze or massage the treated areas for at least 24-48 hours after treatment as this could subtly change the results.
• No aspirin, paracetamol, or ibuprofen for 2 days after treatment to prevent bruising.
• If you have swelling, apply cold compresses to the treatment area for the first two days.
• Lumps or Bumps –Most lumps in the first week are just fluid or some bruising from the injection and will get better quickly. If you feel lumpy spots after the first 48 hours, push on the spot with continual pressure for about two minutes. Repeat this five times a day. This is called “massage” and helps resolve bruising, swelling, or any lumpiness.
• To keep lip fillers soft, begin to massage them 2 days after treatment once a day for 2 weeks.
• If you get a lot of swelling in the first 24-48 hours you can minimise this with antihistamine tablets such as Benadryl.
• Wait 14 days to see the full result, as sometimes swelling can make the lips appear uneven. If this happens please be patient and as the swelling goes down the lips should even up again.
• If you are prone to cold sores around the mouth, and this is the area which you want to be treated, ask your GP to prescribe Zovirax tablets for you, to be taken just before and for a few days after the procedure.
•Avoid makeup for 24 hours and do not touch the treated area to avoid infection.
• For the first few days you can expect some swelling and possible bruising. It may feel tight with some pressure on the bridge.
• Avoid glasses for two weeks.
• Ice or antihistamine are best to use to treat swelling.
• A top up may be required which is free during the first 6 weeks after treatment. Please let us know you require a top up on the 14th day to allow us time to fit you in for the free top up.
• Filler does not always last as long as desired or give the same effect from person to person. One person may find it lasting 18 months whilst another only a short amount of time.
• Do not squeeze or massage the treated area after treatment as this could subtly change the results.