Do’s and don’ts following dermal fillers

Are you looking for a way to revitalise your appearance? Do you want to appear more youthful but don’t want to undertake surgery?

Many people are looking for non-surgical ways to restore their appearance and, as odd as it may sound, your local dental surgery may be able to offer you some help in that regard. The majority of private dental surgeries are now able to offer their patients facial aesthetics, which typically involves wrinkle-reducing treatments and the application of dermal fillers.

If you want to have dermal fillers applied to your lips (also known as lip fillers from Harley Street) there are some steps you need to take afterwards to ensure that the procedure is successful in the long-term.

After having fillers, do the following

  • Stay hydrated- Drinking water or consuming watery fruits and vegetables will help your body to heal following the application of fillers. Plus hydration is great for helping keep wrinkles at bay.
  • Sleep with your head elevated- Sleeping with your head elevated will help to reduce swelling and will help to prevent bruising at the injection site. Try to avoid sleeping face down; if this is an issue, you may want to invest in some specialist pillows to keep pressure off your lips.
  • Take pain relief- The best pain relief for fillers, in general, is paracetamol. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin, as they can cause blood-thinning which can exacerbate bruising.
  • Apply a cooling compress- Much like the head elevation, gently applying a cool compress can help reduce swelling and bruising. Also, as the sensation of heat is common following filler injections, it can be comforting too.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise- Elevating your heart rate after you have had fillers can cause bruising to worsen. So, best to stay out of the gym for a few days.
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After having dermal fillers, avoid the following

  • Smoking- Smoking in general causes inflammation and can increase the chance of infection. If you have friends or family who smoke, you may want to avoid contact with them for a few days following filler injections in the lips.
  • Massages- Everyone loves a massage, but when you have had fillers injected into your lips, they are mobile under the surface for a few days and so, the application of force that a massage brings can cause them to move out of their designated location.
  • Makeup- This can be a tough one, but much like the massage, for the first few days following dermal fillers, the pressure caused by lipstick, foundation or the general application of makeup can cause the fillers to move. So, time to be a bare-faced beauty for a few days!
  • Consuming alcohol- Alcohol is a blood thinner and following any kind of injection, it is a bad idea as it can increase the chance of bruising. It also causes dehydration, which is best avoided following any cosmetic injection.
  • Sunbathing- Fillers break down when exposed to too much UV light and so, you may want to skip the sunbed for a few days!