Filler: Pre / Post Op

What to expect

  • Your filler will/ has be/been injected into the skin to soften creases or folds, support areas of volume loss or contour specific facial areas.
  • Local numbing medication may be used to maximize your comfort during the procedure.
  • Most patients report mild discomfort typically associated with needle injections.
  • You may experience a mild to moderate amount of stinging or aching sensation post injection.
  • To ensure an even correction the physician may massage the treated area, which may cause a temporary, minimal to moderate amount of redness to your skin.
  • Bruising at the site of injection is a commonly reported side effect but with the use of cannulas instead of needles this complication has been reduced to around 50%. To minimize bruising, inform your provider if you use blood thinners such as ibuprofen, aspirin or herbal preparations prior to your procedure.
  • Temporary minimal to moderate swelling can be expected, which should dissipate following injection. Some patients report dramatic reduction in swelling hours after their treatment.
  • It is normal to experience some tenderness at the treatment site for a few days.

Post treatment

  • Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the injection area after treatment to help reduce swelling.  Swelling is often asymmetric so be patient. If swelling or redness persists too long, please contact your physician.
  • It is normal to feel a firmness in your injection area for the first few days after treatment.
  • Over time, the area will soften, leaving you a soft, natural look.
  • Many patients return to their normal routine/ activities immediately, but you should check with your physician for her recommendation.
  • Do Not exercise for 24 hours after filler to avoid bruising an prolonged swelling.
  • Makeup may be applied shortly after treatment if no complications are present. Apply makeup gently, avoiding strenuous rubbing of the injected area.
  • The injection area may be gently washed a few hours after treatment, avoiding aggressive scrubbing or rubbing.
  • Sunbathing, or excessive UV exposure should be avoided until the redness or swelling have subsided.
  • Immediately report any worsening or persistent symptoms or side effects to your physician.
BrianFiller: Pre / Post Op