Dermal fillers are a quick way to take years off your appearance, but they also have surprising medical benefits. The epidermis is the body’s largest organ and first line of defense against disease. Caring for your health means taking care of your skin and dermal fillers are fast becoming one of the most effective ways to do just that.
If you’re already decided to get dermal fillers but you’re unsure about how you should care for your skin after the treatment, we’re about to go into a bit more detail about the treatment itself and some important aftercare advice.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are a gel-based form of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is natural to the cells of the body and it is essential for the health of your skin. It is responsible for the formation of collagen in skin cells, creating an overall firm and smooth appearance.
As you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down. This is part of what causes skin to become thinner and it can also cause fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers give your skin what it needs to produce those collagen layers.
What to Expect from the Treatment
Treatment cannot be performed at home, but it is minimally invasive. Dermal fillers are injected where the collagen layer within the skin has deteriorated over time. The entire procedure can be done within an hour. There is low risk, but you may temporarily experience the following after treatment:
- Swelling around the injection area
- A headache
These symptoms can last up to a week, and not all patients will experience all of them. Most people can immediately go about their day with few to no after-effects. If symptoms do occur, they are easily treatable at home.
Tips and Advice for Dermal Fillers Aftercare
As a low-risk medical procedure, most people do not have to disrupt their schedules after an appointment. However, you should adhere to the following restrictions and warnings for 10 hours afterwards:
- Stay away from extreme temperatures as too much heat or cold can increase both swelling and redness
- No intense exercise or alcohol to avoid further bruising
- You can wash your face using a gentle facial cleanser and you may also wear makeup and sunscreen
- Do not strain your facial muscles and try to keep them relaxed until 10 hours have passed
While most people don’t have any major issues after receiving treatment, there is still a chance that you might experience some symptoms.
Here’s what to do if you experience any of the following:
Swelling and Bruising
This is an uncommon reaction for most patients and can be treated using ice packs. It is recommended that you ice swollen and bruised areas for 20 minutes at a time, taking 20 minutes between each icing. This should be done at least five times a day for the first few days and can be done as much as needed following the above guidelines.
Redness, Welts, and/or Itching
This is another uncommon symptom, and it is easily treatable with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl.
Headache and Pain
This is a little more common but also easily treatable. Over-the-counter pain medications are very effective. Most patients can use Tylenol or Motrin to treat any pain after treatment.
Bumps and Fluid-Filled Lumps
Gently massage any raised areas, or anywhere you may experience a lump that is filled with fluid. It is recommended you do not exceed two minutes at a time, and this can be done up to five times a day.
If you want to look younger and experience better health, consider dermal fillers. Restoring the collagen layers in your skin is the same as building your first line of defense against disease and that’s the number one reason why effective skincare is so essential.