How Do Dermal Fillers Compare to Face Lifts?
Dermal fillers can have an astounding effect on your face. Sometimes it’s not a facelift that’s needed but volume replacement. Even after a facelift, restoring volume loss is more often than not the completion of the process. Dermal fillers could be a viable option for you, either as an alternative to surgery or an addition to surgery.
If you are already scheduled for your appointment please review the following information
Filler Pre & Post Treatment Instructions
- Inform us if you have a history of Perioral Herpes(Cold Sores) to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment.
- Avoid dental work (including standard teeth cleaning) at least 2 weeks prior to treatment and one month following treatment. Avoid oral surgery at least 4 weeks prior to treatment and one month following treatment.
- 7 DAYS BEFORE treatment (to prevent bruising): Avoid blood thinning, over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen and Aleve. Also avoid herbal supplements, such as Garlic, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort and Omega-3 capsules. Please note: If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your doctor prior to stopping use of Aspirin.
- 3 DAYS BEFORE treatment: avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or the use of hair removal cream on the area to be treated.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
- Do not use Dermal Fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or suffer from any neurological disorders. Please inform us if you have any questions about this prior to the treatment.
- Report any changes in health to your provider
- You may bring your own makeup to apply after your treatment.
- To maximize your comfort during the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied.
- You may experience a mild amount of tenderness or a stinging sensation following injection.
- To ensure a smooth and even correction, we may massage the area(s) treated, which may cause a temporary, minimal amount of redness to your skin.
- Redness and swelling are normal. Bruising may also be visible.
- You may experience some tenderness at the treatment site(s) that can last for a few hours or a few days.
- Depending upon the area(s) treated and product(s) used, you may feel “firmness” or see bruising in the treated area(s) for 1 to 2 weeks after treatment. Over time, the area(s) will soften and settle.
- Apply an ice or cold gel pack to the area(s) treated (avoiding pressure) as this helps reduce swelling and the potential for bruising.
- Avoid placing excessive pressure on the treated area(s) for the first few hours and up to 2 to 3 days. When cleansing your face or applying makeup, be very gentle. Sleep on your back for the first 1-2 nights after treatment to avoid pressure on face.
- Avoid exercise or strenuous activities for the remainder of the treatment day. You may resume other normal activities/routines immediately.
- You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol if you experience any mild tenderness or discomfort.
- Avoid extended UV exposure until any redness/swelling has subsided. Be sure to apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.
- Wait a minimum of four weeks (or as directed by your provider) before receiving any skin care or laser treatments.