How to prepare for a dermal filler treatment

If you’re considering dermal fillers or cosmetic injectables, it’s important to research and take the proper precautions before your treatment. As well as following post treatment guidelines afterwards to help you recuperate as swiftly as possible.

Following the correct pre-treatment dos and don’ts before your dermal filler treatment can mean you won’t bruise as easily and could also avoid complications such as swelling and nodules.

Preparation and research

One of the ways to prepare is to research your treatment and your clinician or practitioner fully ahead of deciding which treatment to have. If you have any questions, a reputable practitioner will happily take the time to go through them and allay any concerns before you decide to go ahead.

You should also fill out a full medical questionnaire that will flag any pre-existing conditions that could cause problems.

Your practitioner should consult with you beforehand and should ask you to smile, frown and raise your eyebrows to assess how your face moves naturally. This should be a fairly in-depth process – some even ask potential clients to discuss something they’re passionate about so they can see the natural expressions and contours of the face.

Things to avoid in the lead up to your dermal filler treatment

A few weeks prior to a dermal filler appointment, you should stop taking any blood-thinning medication or supplements as this will limit the risk of bleeding and bruising at the site of injections.  Herbal treatment like garlic, Ginko Biloba, St John’s Wort, or Omega-3 as well as prescribed medications are also on the watch-list.

Remember, it’s important to check with your doctor if you have an existing condition that requires you to take blood-thinners before you stop taking regular prescribed medication.

Other seemingly harmless foods and supplements should also be swerved. It’s wise to give up taking multivitamins and antioxidants such as green tea, cinnamon, ginger, and red wine a full week before treatment as they can prevent blood clotting. 

Aspirin and ibuprofen are two over the counter drugs that you shouldn’t take ahead of your treatment for the same reason, but those with heart conditions should consult a medical professional before they stop taking aspirin.

Arnica – a supplement that is known for its bruise-healing powers – can be taken up to two weeks before your treatment.

Unfortunately, skin creams and topical anti-ageing treatments such as Retinol and Retinoids should also be avoided for a few days beforehand. That goes for hair removal procedures in the area that will be treated. Waxing, removal creams and tweezering should not happen for at least two days prior to treatment.

Check how you’re feeling on the day

There are some other ways to ensure you have a good experience and the best results possible following your anti-wrinkle injections.

If you are under the weather, and especially if you have any of the recognised Covid-19 symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.

Coughs are an obvious hazard when undergoing a very precise facial treatment. Similarly, infections of any kind, but especially near the treatment site, can increase your risk of complications.

If you suffer with facial cold sores, there is a danger of them erupting at the sight of the injections so always flag this to your clinician.

Don’t drink alcohol for the 24-hour period before your appointment.  

On the day pre-treatment guidelines

On the day, it’s advisable to avoid working out or going to the gym ahead of your appointment as flushed skin can lead to more bruising due to the amount of the blood at the skin’s surface.

Remove and make up and moisturisers ahead of your treatment to ensure clean skin at the injections site.

Remember these are just some of the advice points you should follow. Your practitioner should give you a personalised list of recommendations following a full medical questionnaire ahead of your booking.

A note on the COVID vaccine

Practitioners should not be performing soft tissue filler treatments either two weeks before or three weeks after the COVID-19 vaccination. This guidance would apply to all current COVID-19 vaccinations. You can read our full blog about it here.

Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who suffer from neurological disorders should avoid having dermal filler injections.

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