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Dermal Fillers

What to Do After Fillers

There are some things that patients should avoid after fillers. This article explains what to do after the fillers, what to avoid after fillers to speed up the recovery process and make them last longer, and the frequently asked questions.

Fillers have become very popular in the world today. Many patients have been going for fillers due to their potential benefits of improving appearance. The fillers add volume to sagging cheeks, eliminate wrinkles and creases, shape the lips and give patients a youthful and attractive face. However, when thinking of fillers, patients should look for a skilled, experienced cosmetic doctor who will conduct the treatment well. Professional cosmetic doctors give their patients the best services and guidelines they should follow to speed up the recovery process and make them stay longer.

What to Do After Fillers

There are things that patients should do after the treatment to speed up the healing process. One of them is to drink a lot of water. According to Dovedytis et al. (2020),most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, which retains and traps water in the body; thus, patients should stay hydrated. Water helps in the healing process of the fillers and makes them stay firm and stronger. According to Lee et al. (2017), eating hydrating fruits and vegetables will strengthen the body’s immune system. It will make the body fight any infection in the injection site and speed up recovery. The body cannot perform its functions well when weak and not hydrated. Patients are advised to give their bodies enough water and eat well.

According toWiśniewska-Ślepaczuk et al. (2021), cosmetic doctors advise patients to apply cold compressors on the fillers using a tiny cloth. It helps them in reducing bruising and swelling caused during the procedure. Swelling and bruising are normal things that patients should expect after the procedure, although they disappear shortly. When patients feel the swelling is not reducing, they are advised to use a cold compressor to ease it. They can also apply creams like arnica to reduce swelling. However, patients should consult a cosmetic doctor to help them know the safest product to reduce discomfort and swelling. Some products can make the swelling become worse rather than reducing them. That is the reason patients should consult the cosmetic provider before using any product. For some patients, swelling can last for several weeks. It is not normal since the swelling lasts for a short period. Patients are advised to see a cosmetic doctor to give them a solution.

Cosmetic doctors advise patients to place their heads in an elevated position. They can do this by putting more pillows together than usual. They are also not supposed to sleep on their face. When the fillers are injected, they take some time to settle completely. The effects of excessive pressure on the injected area may vary. Patients should avoid applying too much pressure on the injection site when applying anything or when sleeping on the face. The fillers take about two weeks to settle completely, and patients can return to normal routines.

What Not to Do After Fillers

There are some things that patients should avoid after the fillers. They should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for forty-eight hours after the procedure. Alcohol makes the body stay dehydrated and opens up the blood vessels. Patients are advised to avoid taking alcohol and smoking for optimal results. By avoiding these, the fillers may settle quickly and last longer.

After the cosmetic procedure, patients are advised to avoid exercising and any activity. The activities result in high temperatures that are not required in the healing process of the fillers. The high temperatures make the swelling worse and may make the treated area affected by the infection. Exercises are good for the body since they make patients stay strong and active during the day. However, cosmetic doctors advise patients to stop for a short time after treatment. It is because exercises lead to increased blood flow, leading to swelling in the treated area. Avoiding exercises completely to give the injection site time to heal and stay longer is recommended. When doing yoga, the movements of the head could make the fillers migrate and settle in an unintended area. In this case, patients can be forced to repeat the procedure. To avoid all these, patients should take care of their filler since it can cause complications in the future.

According to Goodman et al. (2020), cosmetic doctors advise patients to stop sleeping on their faces and avoid applying makeup after the fillers. When sleeping on the face, pressure is put on the injection area, which can cause swelling. Patients applying makeup on their face after the procedure may put friction on the treated region, making the swelling and bruising worse. Patients should avoid anything that can put pressure on the injection site to give it enough time to heal and last longer.

Patients are advised to avoid blood thinning medications like ibuprofen and aspirin. Some patients use these medications to relieve mild pain and discomfort after the cosmetic procedure. It is recommended to ask the cosmetic doctor what painkiller to use after the fillers. It is because some medications have the potential to thin blood. The fillers take a lot of time to settle and do not last long. Patients should speed up their healing process and make them stay longer by avoiding such blood-thinning medications.

After the treatment, patients should avoid exposing themselves to the sun. The skin is very delicate, especially after the treatment at the injection site. Patients should ensure they are not exposing themselves to the sun’s rays. They can protect themselves from the sun rays by using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. It is recommended to follow the guidelines given by the cosmetic doctor to help one heal the treated area.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

Are There Any Side Effects Should I Be Aware of After The Fillers?

After the cosmetic procedure, some patients experience side effects like bruising, tenderness, swelling and redness in the area treated. These are side effects that patients should not worry about since they are temporary and they go away after a short period. When swelling does not reduce, patients are advised to consult the cosmetic doctor who conducted the procedure to give them the solution to their problem.

What Are Fillers Made Up of?

Fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body. This component can potentially retain and trap water molecules in the body.

How Long DoFillers Take to Settle?

Fillers take about two weeks to settle. However, this depends on how the procedure was done and how the patients protect their fillers. When the fillers are not well taken care of, they take a long time to settle and may not last long. Also, when a non-professional doctor conducts the procedure, the fillers may not settle quickly and cause complications.


After cosmetic procedures, there are some things that patients should avoid to speed up their healing process and make them last longer. Cosmetic doctors advise patients to drink a lot of water, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, avoid exercising, alcohol and smoking and exposing themselves to the sun.


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Lee, E. C., Fragala, M. S., Kavouras, S. A., Queen, R. M., Pryor, J. L., & Casa, D. J. (2017). Biomarkers in sports and exercise: tracking health, performance, and recovery in athletes. Journal of strength and conditioning research31(10), 2920.

Wiśniewska-Ślepaczuk, K., Pieczykolan, A., Grzesik-Gąsior, J., & Wdowiak, A. (2021). A review of aesthetic gynecologic procedures for women. Plastic Surgical Nursing41(4), 191-202.

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