What Should I Do Before And After Dermal Filler Treatment?

Dermal Filler by Angel Face Injections in Boston, MA

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Dermal fillers are a practical choice for individuals looking to reduce facial wrinkles, enhance contours, or improve scars’ appearance without surgery. While the procedure is generally safe and the results can be immediately noticeable, the steps taken before and after treatment significantly influence the outcome and longevity of the effects. Preparing properly can minimize risks and maximize results, ensuring patient satisfaction. Equally, understanding aftercare is crucial for maintaining the achieved look and avoiding complications. 

Dermal Fillers Overview

Dermal fillers enhance facial appearance by restoring volume, smoothing wrinkles, and providing a youthful look. Among various fillers, those based on hyaluronic acid are the most commonly used. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in our skin, which helps keep it hydrated and plump. As we age, the natural synthesis of hyaluronic acid in our body decreases, reducing skin volume and forming wrinkles and folds.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are infiltrated into the skin to replenish its natural support structure, restore lost volume, and smooth out lines and wrinkles. These fillers are temporary, as the body gradually absorbs the hyaluronic acid over time, usually over several months to a year, depending on the distinct formula used and the individual’s skin type and lifestyle.

The versatility of hyaluronic acid fillers allows them to be used in various facial areas, including the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth and eyes, offering a customizable approach to facial rejuvenation. Their compatibility with the human body reduces the risk of allergic reactions, making them a safe choice for most people seeking cosmetic enhancement.

Before Dermal Filler Treatment

Before undergoing a dermal filler treatment, especially with hyaluronic acid fillers, there are several steps to consider to guarantee the process goes smoothly and to maximize the treatment’s effectiveness. These steps can help prepare your skin and body, reducing the likelihood of adverse reactions and enhancing the overall results. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Consultation: Make an appointment for a consultation with an authorized professional who can evaluate your face structure, talk with you about your aesthetic objectives, and suggest the best course of action. This is also the time to address any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Medical History and Medications: Be transparent about your medical history, including any allergies or health conditions. Discuss all medications and supplements you’re taking, as some may need to be paused or adjusted to ease the risk of bruising or bleeding.
  • Pre-Treatment Guidelines:
    • Avoid Certain Medications and Supplements: It’s advised to stop taking blood-thinning medications and supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and fish oil a week before the procedure to minimize bruising.
    • Skincare: Follow any specific skincare instructions from your practitioner. This includes pausing retinoids, exfoliants, or other irritating products.
    • Lifestyle Adjustments: Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours prior, and try to maintain a healthy diet leading up to the treatment to support your body’s natural healing processes.
  • Day of Treatment:
    • Eat a light meal to ensure you’re comfortable, and do not fast during the procedure.
    • Arrive with a clean face; avoid makeup if possible.

During the Treatment

During the dermal filler treatment, your experience will be shaped by a few key steps designed to ensure the procedure is as comfortable and effective as possible. Here’s a general overview of what happens:

  • Arrival and Preparation: When you get to the clinic, the injection site will be cleansed, and a topical numbing lotion might be administered to help you feel as comfortable as possible. This allows for a more comfortable experience, especially in sensitive areas.
  • Marking the Treatment Areas: Your practitioner might mark specific points on your face as guides for the precise filler injection. This step is crucial for achieving the desired aesthetic outcome and ensuring symmetry and balance.
  • Injection Process: The hyaluronic acid filler will be injected into the predetermined areas using a fine needle or cannula. You may feel a slight pinch or pressure during this step, but the discomfort is typically mild due to the numbing cream.
  • Immediate Assessment and Adjustment: After injecting the filler, your practitioner may gently massage the treated areas to ensure the filler is evenly distributed. They’ll also assess the immediate results and make any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired look.
  • Post-Treatment Instructions: Before you leave, you’ll receive specific aftercare instructions to follow to help minimize swelling and bruising and maximize the treatment’s effectiveness.

After Dermal Filler Treatment

Proper care ensures the best healing and results. Following the treatment, you’ll receive specific instructions from your practitioner to help manage any immediate side effects and to care for the treated area. Here are some general guidelines to consider:

  • Immediate Post-Treatment Care: Right after the procedure, it’s common to experience some swelling, redness, and possibly bruising at the injection sites. These are normal reactions that typically subside within a few days.
    • Ice Packs: During the first twenty-four hours, applying ice packs at brief intervals can help minimize swelling and pain. Make sure the ice pack is covered with a cloth to prevent skin contact.
    • Avoid Heat: Stay away from hot environments like saunas, steam rooms, or direct sunlight, as heat can exacerbate swelling.
  • Long-Term Care:
    • Skincare: Return to your regular skincare routine as advised by your practitioner. They may recommend specific products to enhance and prolong the results of your fillers.
    • Follow-Up Visits: Schedule any recommended follow-up appointments to assess your results and discuss if additional treatments are necessary.
  • Activities and Products to Avoid:
    • Strenuous Exercise: Avoid vigorous physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising.
    • No Rubbing: Avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area unless directed by your practitioner, as this can cause the filler to shift.
    • Skin Care Treatments: Wait for the go-ahead from your practitioner before resuming facials, chemical peels, or other skin treatments.
  • Monitoring for Complications: While serious side effects are rare, it’s important to be vigilant. Contact your practitioner if you experience unusual symptoms, such as severe pain, significant swelling, or signs of infection.


Ready to unveil a more youthful, radiant version of yourself? At Angel Face Injections, we aim to achieve your aesthetic goals with precision and care. Our team of experts specializes in hyaluronic acid dermal fillers designed to restore volume, diminish lines, and enhance your natural beauty safely and effectively. Don’t wait any longer to take the first step towards the confidence you deserve. Contact us today for your assessment and discover how we can tailor our services to your unique needs. Let Angel Face Injections be your partner in embracing a more vibrant, refreshed you.

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