dermal fillerAftercare documenT

The following aftercare advice is essential to help reduce the risk of treatment complications, to improve your comfort/healing, and to help achieve the best possible results from treatment.

Please follow the aftercare advice for dermal filler injections.

Immediately after dermal filler injections, the treatment area may be red, tender, or swollen.

The redness and tenderness should improve after 48 hours. Swelling is often worse on days 2-3 after injection, improved by day 5, and resolved by 2 weeks.

  • Needle entry points can be treated with antibiotic ointments, this can help prevent bruising.
  • We encourage cold compresses to control swelling and pain for the first 24-42 hours.
  • Avoid massaging or putting too much pressure on the treated areas for 24 hours: if bruising occurs, we advise using a warm wet washcloth compressed on treated areas.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours, ideally, we would recommend you refrain from consuming alcohol for 7 days
  • Avoid certain products such as AHAs, retinol, vitamin C and oil-based makeup for 24 hours.
  • Avoid facials, waxing, chemical peels, skin needling, microdermabrasion, IPL or laser treatments for 2 weeks after treatment.
  • You may require a top up appointment if there is some mild unevenness or discrepancies noticed once the initial swelling has resolved. Drink plenty of water after treatment to keep well hydrated.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, hot drinks and spicy food for 24 hours.
  • Avoid medications such as aspirin or Ibuprofen for 24 hours as they are blood thinning agents and may worsen bruising (if these medications have been advised by your GP you must check with your GP before stopping them)
  • Avoid supplements such as multivitamins, fish oils, glucosamine and Vitamin B or Vitamin E, which are blood thinning agents and may exacerbate bruising for 24 hours (if these supplements have been advised by your GP please check with your GP before stopping them).
  • Avoid any excess sun exposure, extremes of hot/cold, saunas, swimming or strenuous exercise until the redness and swelling has settled.

A rare complication of dermal fillers is vascular occlusion in which a blood vessel is accidentally blocked with filler. Signs and symptoms include throbbing and aching pain which can be severe, paleness, a cold feeling to the tissue and purple streaky mottling tissue changes. If you notice any of these symptoms you must contact your practitioner as soon as possible, they will guide you through how to perform a capillary refill test and then assess you fully and advise

  • You must seek immediate medical attention and contact your practitioner if you experience any signs or symptoms of infection after treatment. Infection can present as hot, red shiny skin, there may be pus formation and you may have a fever or feel generally unwell.
  • You must seek emergency medical attention if you experience any severe allergy symptoms after treatment. Symptoms may include rash, facial swelling, and breathing difficulties.
  • You must contact your, practitioner, in an emergency if you notice any visual disturbance or loss of vision after the filler injections.
  • Contact your practitioner as soon as possible if you notice any other unwanted side effects.
  • Results can be assessed at 2 weeks, by which time any residual swelling will have settled.

Please do let your practitioner know if you have any questions or if you do not understand any of the aftercare instructions provided.