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Dermal Fillers Aftercare Tips and Instructions



Getting dermal fillers is an excellent way of enhancing your facial features without undergoing prolonged surgeries. Whether you are getting fillers for lips, chin, cheeks, or opting for tear through treatment, the process is quick and painless. You can get an instant nonsurgical facelift with minimal downtime.

Even though the majority of patients don’t experience any side effects, minimal aftercare is still required to ensure the fillers last longer and look natural. If you get a dermal filler treatment from our clinic in London, our staff will provide you with the best aftercare instructions and tips.

Instructions to Follow Immediately After the Treatment

Your cosmetic doctor will inform you about the tenderness, swelling, or redness you might experience around the treated area within the first two days of the treatment. These reactions are normal and will gradually resolve in the next three to four days.

Here are some tips you must follow right after the treatment to ensure the treated area heals quickly:

  • Avoid picking, massaging, or touching the injection site.

  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking cold water as much as you can.

  • Take the painkillers or/and creams provided by your practitioner and use them as directed.

  • Apply ice compress on the treated area if necessary.

  • Avoid getting the area wet.

Aftercare Tips for the Next 6 to 10 Hours

For the next few hours after getting a filler treatment for your face, make sure to follow these tips:

  • Don’t smoke or drink as it might result in additional bruising and swelling.

  • Avoid taking part in strenuous exercises to prevent any pressure on the treated area.

  • Stay clear of intense heat until the redness and swelling have subsided. This includes hot wax, hot tubs, saunas, tanning, and sunbathing.

  • Avoid harsh cold as well; for example, taking part in winter sports, like skiing.

  • To alleviate bruising, use a natural cream/ointment on the treated area.

  • Avoid moving the treated area too much. If you notice a small bump, you may gently massage it for a few minutes.

  • It is best to avoid makeup, but if you must, then use minimal good-quality products. You can apply sunscreen as well to protect the area from sun exposure.

  • The treated area can also be washed with a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubbing or exfoliating.

General Dermal Filler Aftercare Tips

Here are some general aftercare tips for filler treatments:

  • You can use good quality skincare products to enhance the benefits of the fillers. For instance, use creams or serums with vitamin C that can help in strengthening your skin and improving its texture and laxity.

  • The majority of skin issues, including hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and signs of ageing, occur due to sun exposure. Make sure to always wear sunscreen before going out. Re-apply the sunscreen every 4 hours if you are out in the sun all day.

Tips for Side Effects

Here are a few things you can do if you are experiencing the following side effects:


Swelling and Bruising

Typically, patients experience little to no bruising and swelling after the treatment and can resume their usual activities instantly. However, in some cases, the patients get more bruising or swelling, which is still not a cause of major concern and will not affect the end result of the treatment.

Apply cold compresses every day for at least a week. Use them for 20 minutes, take them off for 20 minutes, and then reuse them. Do this five times a day or more as needed.


Swelling and Bruising

Typically, patients experience little to no bruising and swelling after the treatment and can resume their usual activities instantly. However, in some cases, the patients get more bruising or swelling, which is still not a cause of major concern and will not affect the end result of the treatment.

Apply cold compresses every day for at least a week. Use them for 20 minutes, take them off for 20 minutes, and then reuse them. Do this five times a day or more as needed.


Pain and Headache

In some cases, patients experience pain in or around the injection site or get headaches. You can take painkillers like Motrin or Tylenol as needed to ease the pain. You may also use hot or cold compresses to reduce the severity of the headache.


Itching and Redness

These issues may occur after the treatment and gradually subside in the next few days. Make sure you don’t rub or touch the area as it may worsen the problem. For these issues, Benadryl is an effective solution.


Bumps or Lumps

These sound and look scary, but they will also subside in the next few days. The majority of the bumps are merely bruising or fluids from the injection. If they feel lumpy to touch, then you can massage the area with slight pressure for not more than two minutes. Repeat four to five times a day, and you will notice a difference.


Unexpected Results

In case you are not happy with the results, or the bumps don’t go away, you have the fillers removed. You can also get more fillers added if you want to get the desired outcome. However, it is wise to follow your practitioner’s recommendation to ensure the treated area looks natural.


Dermal fillers are a great nonsurgical facelift option, but the results are temporary. The filler starts dissolving naturally and might last anywhere between 10 to 12 months long, in some cases earlier or later than that.


You can always opt for another round of the treatment to maintain your new look. Many people stay with the dermal treatments since it is nonsurgical and is safer than other cosmetic procedures out there. Moreover, the minimal downtime means you don’t have to take much time off to recover.


If you are looking for a nonsurgical treatment to give your face an instant makeover in London, particularly around Harley Street, Belsize Park, or West Hampstead, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can learn more about the procedure and get all your queries answered during the consultation. To restore that youthful skin and rejuvenate your appearance, book an appointment today.