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.
There are a few things to bare in mind, please see below:
- Immediately after Profhilo 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.
- For significant swelling contact your practitioner for advice. Swelling may be reduced by regular cold compress, anti-inflammatory medicines such as Ibuprofen (after 24 hours, if safe for you to take), antihistamines and sleeping with your head propped up on 3 pillows to help drainage of fluid overnight.
- Bruising may occur following treatment, bruising will resolve naturally but may take up to 2 weeks to settle.
- Regular application of Arnica cream may be helpful for bruising.
- Tenderness is normal when the injected area is touched afterward but active
- pain at rest is not normal. If you experience pain, you must contact your practitioner as soon as possible.
- Avoid any makeup for 24 hours after treatment as this will reduce the risk of infection.
- Drink plenty of water after treatment to keep well hydrated.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine for 24 hours after treatment.
- 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 agent 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 Profhilo is a 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 further action if required.
- You must seek 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.
Contact your practitioner as soon as possible if you notice any other unwanted side effects.
Your practitioner will advise when further treatment appointments are required. If you are advised to attend a follow-up appointment, please make every effort to attend them. You should do this even if you believe that the recovery process is going well and you cannot see that there are any visible complications.