The dermal filler procedure is minimally invasive and recovery is typically quick; most patients don’t have to worry about being out of commission for days while healing takes place. However, there are some things you can do (and some you shouldn’t do) to facilitate recovery.
Icing after surgery may not only help alleviate pain, it’s also a great method for decreasing swelling. Purchase ice packs or add ice to a bag, and cover with a cloth to avoid burns. Apply ice to the injection site 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, up to five times a day. Swelling will go away on its own, over time.
- Take Pain Medicine
In addition to applying ice, taking over the counter pain medications for discomfort is fine. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) work well for relieving pain after surgery (avoid blood-thinning medications like aspirin). Take as recommended on the package or consult with your doctor/surgeon if you believe you need something stronger.
- Wash Gently
It’s ok to wash your face as normal, but do so gently, being extra careful around injection sites. You don’t want to irritate or cause further damage by scrubbing. Likewise, use gentle cleaners, if any, or water alone will do the trick.
- Wear Sunscreen
You can and should apply sunscreen if going outside. Sun is the primary reason collagen in the skin breaks down. Thus, exposure to the sun can cause damage and create new problems and/or wrinkles.
Even though dermal injections are minimally invasive procedures, you should avoid all strenuous activity. Exercise can increase swelling and bruising, thereby delaying the rate of healing and the appearance of final results. Avoid running, jogging and kinds of high-rate activity for at least 48 hours.
- Consume Alcohol
Drinking alcohol enlarges blood vessels. As a result, consuming alcoholic beverages after your procedure can cause additional bruising. This is not ideal. So, for best results, avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours after the injection.
- Massage Filler
Don’t massage the filler yourself after the procedure. Your surgeon/injector will sculpt the filler, expertly, at the time of injection. Any issues afterward may be resolved once the area heals completely. If not, leave the issue to your injector.
- Expose The Area to Extreme Temperatures
Extremely hot (i.e. saunas, hot tubs, etc) and cold (outdoor skiing, hiking) temperatures, should be avoided within the first six hours following treatment, until swelling subsides.