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Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Do NOT consume alcohol at least 24 hours prior to treatment (alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising)

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications, if possible for a period of 2 weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish Oil supplements, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve and other NSAIDS have a blood thinning effect and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.

  • Take arnica tablets to reduce potential bruising as follows: 2 tablets every 2 hours for 5 days prior to the treatment (Available from Superdrug and Boots).

  • Schedule your Dermal Filler appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event which you may be attending, such as a wedding or a holiday. Results from the Dermal Filler will be immediate however swelling and bruising can take approximately 4 to 7 days to calm down and settle. Your final results can be seen in up to 2 weeks.

  • Discontinue Retin-A 2 days before and 2 days after treatment.

  • Reschedule your appointment in advance if you have a rash, cold sore or blemish on the area.

  • If you have a history of cold sores please let your provider know, they may put you on an anti-viral medication prior to treatment.

  • Be sure to have a good breakfast, including food and drink before your procedure. This will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.

Dermal filler aftercare instructions

Your lips or treated area will likely be swollen after the procedure. You may also notice some redness or bruising at the injections sites, which is normal. Most side effects will be minor, and you will be able to resume most activities once the procedure is done.

On the day you get dermal filler:

  • Apply ice to your lips afterward using an ice pack or an ice cube covered in cloth so it doesn’t stick to the lip and cause pain (This will help ease swelling, itching, bruising, and any other pain. Do not do for more than 15 minutes every hour).

  • If you can, try to avoid makeup on your lips for up to 24 hours after.

First 24-72 hours:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours after you get lip or any other dermal fillers (Elevated blood pressure and heart rate from exercise may make swelling or bruising worse. It’s fine to engage in light activity like walking).

  • Try to sleep with your head elevated on pillows to reduce swelling. Do not sleep on your face.

  • Alcohol acts a blood thinner, and should be avoided for at least 24 hours after getting lip fillers (Alcohol can cause inflammation, increase the likelihood of bruising, and make swelling worse).

7 days:

  • We recommend that you wait at least a week after your treatment before flying. This is because the air pressure in a plane can make swelling and bruising worse.

  • Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your body heal.

  • Eat plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables and try to avoid excess sodium, which may worsen swelling.

14 days:

  • Avoid high temperatures like steam rooms, saunas, or heated exercise classes (High heat can make swelling more pronounced).


When will it achieve the final look?

  • You will see immediate results with lip fillers, but once the swelling goes down, the results will not look quite as pronounced. It typically takes about 2 weeks for the filler to settle in and achieve the final, desired look. The results will typically last about 6 months.


When to see a doctor

While minor side effects like swelling and redness are normal, see a doctor if you experience any of these complications:

  • Intense bruising or swelling

If you experience intense bruising or swelling for more than a week, check in with your nurse. It’s rare, but allergies and reactions to hyaluronic acid are possible.

  • Vascular occlusion happens when the filler is injected into or around an artery, which reduces or stops the blood flow. The surrounding skin and tissue will start to die without adequate blood supply.

  • This is always a possible risk with any dermal filler procedure as filler can migrate to other areas of the lip naturally.

  • Signs of vascular occlusion include immediate, severe pain and a change in skin color, which can look like white spots or blotches. It’s also important to note that the pain could take a while to become noticeable, as most fillers include lidocaine, which is an anesthetic. It can take an hour to wear off.

  • If you’re prone to cold sores, or herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). Dermal fillers can trigger an outbreak, which may require antiviral treatment. It’s best to discuss with your nurse if you’ve had herpes outbreaks after receiving dermal fillers in the past before your appointment.

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