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After-Care Questions I get asked after Dermal Filler Treatments

November 14, 2017 - YorkshireHA


How much pain will I be in after the procedure?

Generally most patients do experience some pain after having a dermal filler procedure. I guess it is expected when your skin has been pierced by a needle. The lips tend be one of the most sensitive place on the face so do expect a little bit more pain in this area compared to others. The pain usually subsides in 24 hours. A local anaesthetic cream is applied to help reduce discomfort. If you really don’t like needles its best to use a dermal filler that contains an anaesthetic as this will make the experience much less painful during and after the procedure.

After the procedure expect to experience some soreness and bruising at the injection sites. For this use an ice-pack to reduce the swelling and arnica cream for the bruising. Down-time after the procedure is at the most 48 hours. The majority of the swelling will significantly reduce 48 post-treatment.

What painkillers can I take?

Anti-inflammatory painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen are generally not recommended before and after the procedure as these can thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising, swelling and bleeding. Don’t forget to mention any regular medication you take from the doctor at the consultation so that the best possible advice is given.

Use paracetamol. You can take a maximum of two tablets four times a day. Do not exceed this limit.

You can apply Bonjela to the lips to help them heal as well as reduce any discomfort. For the other areas use a product like Germolene. Germolene is antiseptic and has an anaesthetic which will not only keep the area clean but also minimise any soreness.

Its very important when applying any product to the injected areas that you have washed your hands and have cleaned the area with antiseptic product. This will reduce the risk of infection.

Can I go to the gym?

It is recommended to wait a day or so before doing any strenuous exercise as this can increase the risk of infection and inverted positions may contribute to bruising.


Alcohol can increase the risk of bruising in some patients. It is  may help not to drink a day before and a day after the procedure. Drinking alcohol won’t impact on the long-term results of having dermal fillers.

Can I Sunbathe?

Sunbathing, sunbeds and saunas should be avoided for a week if possible after treatment. If you do go out in the sun, wear sunscreen at all times.

You should also avoid exposing your skin to extreme cold for 1 week after treatment.

How soon can I touch my face?

Avoid touching the treated area for at least 6 hours after treatment. After that, the area can be gently cleansed and clean light make-up can be applied.

Cold sores?

If you have a history of cold sores, there is a risk, due to the insertion of the needle into the skin, that the virus may be activated. This may cause a first outbreak of a cold sore or another eruption of a previous cold sore. J

Possible side effects?

Side-effects include redness, swelling, bleeding, bruising, pain, itching, infection, abscess formation.

Any other questions?

Hope this blog answers a lot of your questions. If you have any others you can contact Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics.

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