If you’ve had dermal fillers recently, you’re likely eager to know how to best care for your skin. Dermal fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment that can add volume to the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. However, it’s important to take good care of your skin after a dermal filler treatment in order to get the most out of your procedure and avoid any potential problems.
Taking good care of your skin in the hours, days, weeks and months after your treatment will allow you to enjoy the benefits for even longer. Remember that everyone breaks down fillers at different rates, so don’t be alarmed if you notice a loss of volume sooner than you had hoped. This simply means you may need to return for a top-up treatment if you would like to maintain the results.
In this article, we’ll discuss some tips for post-filler skincare.
Immediately after your appointment
It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions to help protect your skin. First and foremost, avoid any vigorous activity or exercise. This can increase blood flow and lead to bruising or swelling at the injection site. It’s also important to avoid touching or massaging the area, as this can cause the filler to move around under the skin.
You should also avoid too much sun exposure for at least 24 hours after your treatment. Stay in the shade or wear a hat to protect your skin. You also need to avoid saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis and sunbeds for at least two days after your treatment.
It’s normal to have some bruising, swelling and redness after your treatment. These side effects should start to improve within a few days. However, if you notice any severe bruising, swelling or redness, contact your clinician immediately.
You can apply a cold compress to the area and take over the counter pain medication to help manage any discomfort.
Hydrate and protect your skin
It’s important to keep your skin hydrated after your treatment. Use a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer to help hydrate the skin and protect it from the elements. You should also apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin from sun damage.
Alongside hydrating your skin from the outside, you should also think about staying hydrated from the inside. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, as this can dehydrate the skin. The hyaluronic acid found in fillers will attract and retain water, so you should make sure it can do its job by staying hydrated.
To massage or not to massage?
You may have heard that you shouldn’t massage the area after having dermal fillers. This is because massaging can cause the filler to move around under the skin, which can lead to uneven results.
If you do notice any lumps or bumps after your treatment, don’t panic. These are usually due to swelling and will resolve on their own. After a few weeks, a gentle facial massage when you are applying your moisturiser and sunscreen will help to ensure the filler remains evenly distributed as it breaks down.
And don’t forget to be patient. It can take up to two weeks for the filler to settle into place. Avoid any makeup or skincare products that could irritate the skin during this time. After two weeks, you can resume your normal skincare routine.
When to see a doctor
If you have any concerns about your skin after having dermal fillers, it’s always best to contact your clinician or doctor. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
If you notice any severe bruising, swelling or redness, contact your clinician immediately. You should also contact your clinician if you develop a fever, rash or infection at the injection site.