Dermal Filler After-Care: 5 Common Questions

Forget about invasive procedures. Dermal fillers offer an easy way to smooth fine lines, without having to go under the knife. Fillers, such as Juvéderm, use an injectable gel to add volume and hydration to the facial area. This temporarily smooths the fine lines that age, smiling, squinting and stress can cause.

If you're considering a dermal filler, understanding the after-effects and post-care is absolutely essential. So what do you need to know about your face following this type of injection? Take a look at some of the common questions about after-care that patients have before starting Juvéderm.

Will the Procedure Cause Noticeable Swelling?

Some patients do experience post-injection site swelling. This is typically minimal and should resolve within a few days. If it bothers you or causes discomfort, cold compresses can help to reduce some of the swelling. If your doctor recommends ice packs, never place them directly on the skin. This can aggravate any remaining redness or cause irritation. Place ice in a thin towel (or similar piece of fabric) before placing it on your face.

Will the Procedure Cause Noticeable Bruising?

It's common to have some bruising after a dermal filler injection. You may have a black eye (bruising around the eye) or discoloration around the lips/mouth area; this completely normal and will go away on its own within a few days. If the bruising worsens or does not start to fade, call your doctor for further evaluation.

Is It Okay to Take Medications After the Injection?

If you have mild discomfort from the procedure your doctor may suggest taking acetaminophen. Always ask the medical provider before taking any prescription or over the counter medication during the pre- or post-procedure period. Avoid aspirin and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications) following the injection. These medications may take away the pain but can increase the bleeding and bruising risks.

Are There Any Activity Restrictions?

In most cases, the answer to this question is no. That is, you won't have activity restrictions within reasons. You can go back to your typical day, as long as you aren't engaging in a strenuous physical activity. While the activity itself won't do anything to damage the dermal filler injection site, exercise (or similar activities) can raise your heart rate. This can increase your bruising risk.

Is Wearing Makeup Allowed?

Yes, most patients can wear makeup following a Juvéderm or filler injection. Wait until any injection site bleeding has stopped before trying to cover the areas with cosmetic products. Avoid putting pressure or pressing down on your face when applying makeup (or any other product) to your face for the first few days following your injection.

Always follow your doctor's instructions exactly. If you have any questions about dermal filler injection after-care, talk to the medical provider before leaving the office. Along with asking questions and caring for yourself, keep all follow-up appointments. The better you take care of yourself after your injection, the better results you're likely to have.