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Dermal Fillers

How to Reduce Swelling After Cheek Fillers?

Some ask what they can do to reduce swelling after the cheek fillers. This article explains what to do to reduce swelling, other methods, and the frequently asked questions.

Dermal fillers have become very popular in the world today. Many people are looking for a new face to look attractive. The cheek fillers change the symmetry and shape, add volume to the cheeks and enable individuals to get a youthful appearance. The cheek fillers are well-liked since they are not painful, and their risks are generally low. Before trying cheek fillers, you should know that the swelling and bruising you may experience are normal. It would help if you did not worry about this since the effects are temporary and will subside after a short period, but when it persists, it is recommended to see the doctor. However, there are things that you should consider to reduce swelling after the procedure.

What to Do to Do to Reduce Swelling

According to Dai et al. (2019), when the swelling persists, you can apply arnica cream that can assist in alleviating this. Ensure you do it gently to avoid putting pressure on the injected site, which may increase swelling. It would help if you took a lot of water since water plays an important function in our bodies. Water helps in reducing swelling by increasing the flow of blood. It is very important to keep your body hydrated. It will also help in the healing process of the injection site. According to Neeraja et al.  (2022), ensure you eat many fruits and vegetables. This help boosts the white blood cells that fight diseases in the body.Consuming vegetables and fruits will help the treated area’s recovery process.

Avoid Exercising After the Cheek Fillers

It is recommended to avoid any exercise after the procedure. The activities may result in high temperatures, blood pressure and heart rate. During the injection process, the needle is used and may interfere with the blood vessels. Due to the exercises done after the treatment, the blood vessels are noticed easily due to increased blood pressure and heart rate. The high temperatures cause one to sweat, which may make the bacteria penetrate easily into the skin. To be on the right side, ensure you take a rest and relax, or you can do some simple exercises like walking.

Avoid Taking Alcohol and Smoking

It is recommended to avoid smoking and taking alcohol. It can irritate the treated area and increase the chances of swelling and bruising. Avoiding them completely so the injection can heal faster is a great idea.

Avoid Applying Makeup

After the treatment, avoid applying makeup on the injection site. Give the injection site enough time to heal, like forty-eight minutes, so you can use your makeup. When applying makeup, you can put pressure on the cheeks, which can cause swelling and bruising. It may also result in the migration of the filler and settling in the undesired location.

The Sleeping Position Also Matters

Individuals should avoid sleeping on their faces after the treatment. When you sleep on your face, the injected area can be affected, and the chances of swelling and bruising can increase. Keep the head raised five hours after the treatment to lessen swelling.

Evade Blood Thinners

 You can avoid them before and after forty-eight hours of the treatment. It will give the injection site time to heal. It is a good idea always to consult the cosmetic doctor to explain what you should avoid and how to lessen the swelling rate after the treatment.

Other Methods to Reduce Swelling

Rest is very crucial after undergoing a cosmetic procedure. Give yourself enough time to rest and relax. It will enable the injected area to recover fast. Akinbiyi et al. (2020)stated that aestheticians advise people to avoid active activities or exercises during the first days or after the procedure. It may lead to high temperatures that may cause swelling.

To some patients, when they were gently massaging the injection site helps them reduce the swelling. The treatment area may sometimes expand with a bump and requires to be cautiously compressed back down. When doing the massage, you should not apply hard pressure on it. It may cause swelling rather than reduce them. Doing the massage gently increases the blood flow and hence reduces the swelling.

According to Zhu et al. (2022), swelling may result from medication side effects, hormones, thyroid conditions, allergies and other medical disorders. It is always advisable to take to your surgeon to help you understand how to assist you in alleviating oedema that is effective for you.The level of swelling will change on the extent of the filler treatment since individuals with more treatments have a high chance of getting more bumps. Most of the nodes after the treatment subsides quickly. Some individuals may observe swelling in the healing procedure for some days though others may not follow. As always, consult the cosmetic doctor who conducted the process to guide you on taking care of yourself before and after the treatment to increase recovery.

FAQs about Cheek Fillers

How Long with the Swelling Go Away After Having Cheek Fillers?

Swelling is normal after undergoing a cheek filler. However, this is temporary. It can take twenty-four to forty-eight hours to subside completely. The healing process varies from individual to person. For some patients, it may take them a short period to heal, and for others, it may take a long period o time. It depends on the individual’s body factors like allergy, hormones and thyroid condition. It also depends on how individuals are taking care of them.

What Should I Avoid After Cheek Fillers to Reduce Swelling?

If you want to reduce swelling after the cheek fillers, avoid taking things that may irritate your skin, like alcohol and smoking. Avoid active activities and exercises that may increase body temperature. The temperature rise in the body may increase the chances of bacteria getting into the skin. The heart rate may be high, causing the blood vessels interfered with the needle during the injection to become visible and increasing swelling.


Ensure you drink a lot of water, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, gently massage the affected area, avoid applying makeup on the skin, avoid active exercises and activities, keep yourself clean, avoid touching the injection site with dirty fingers, and avoid taking alcohol and smoking. All these will help you in reducing swelling if you follow them strictly. If the node does not subside quickly, you should go back to the aesthetician who conducted the treatment. It is always recommended to consult a cosmetic doctor to give guidelines on what to do and what to avoid in the healing procedure.


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