Dermal filler is a popular treatment option for both men and women to help smooth lines and wrinkles and restore facial volume for a more youthful appearance. At Ballert Medical, we offer the full range of Restylane and Juvéderm fillers to meet the needs of each of our patients. An important part to achieving your desired results is how you care for the treatment site after your appointment. Read on to learn more about the best dermal filler aftercare practices.
Directly after your dermal filler treatment, you may experience mild swelling, bruising, tenderness, and/or itchiness in the treatment area. These issues are normal and should resolve over the new couple of days or weeks. The final results can be seen after four weeks. At this time, we can review your results to see if further treatment is needed to achieve your desired outcomes.
If you wish to help your swelling reduce quickly, applying a cool compress for 10 minutes every hour on the day of treatment can be effective. However, be sure to avoid applying ice directly to the skin; rather, wrap the cold pack in a cloth or towel.
Following dermal filler treatment, there are some activities and practices that you should avoid to ensure the best possible results. These include avoiding applying pressure to the treated areas for the first few nights (sleep on your back if possible), exposing the area to extreme heat such as a sauna, facial waxing, facials, peels, energy-based treatments for at least two weeks after your treatment, and using AHA, retinol, or oil-based makeup or at least 24 hours. You will also need to avoid strenuous activity and alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours.
About four weeks after your treatment a follow-up appointment will be needed to review your results. This meeting is important to address any tweaks or small changes that need to be made during this time. Once peak filler has been achieved, maintenance injections will be necessary to preserve results.
Any form of injectable treatment is associated with some risks. These risks may include vascular occlusion and infection. However, these risks are greatly reduced when performed by a skilled injector such as Dr. Ballert or our nurse injector.
If you are interested in learning more about dermal fillers and if they are right for you, please contact Ballert Medical today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment at our Paducah, KY office, which can be achieved by giving us a call or filling out our online form.