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Dermal Fillers

What To Do Before Getting Fillers

Before getting fillers, one needs to discuss the requirements with the aesthetic doctors. This article explains what a patient needs to do before getting dermal fillers.

Dermal filler treatment may feel intimidating, especially among first-timer engaging. However, most dermal fillers are safe and non-invasive; a cosmetic doctor can inject them into skin tissues without much problem. The process is non-surgical and well-tolerated if performed by a practitioner who knows the anatomy of the face. The procedure is offered to patients aged eighteen years and above in good mental and physical health. The aesthetic experts examining the patients to the procedure will not have complications or adverse side effects. One should book an appointment earlier to allow the aesthetic expert to prepare for the procedure.

What to Do Before Getting Fillers 

Before the treatment, the patient should avoid alcohol twenty-four hours before the procedure. Alcohol is a blood thinner that can worsen the bruising accompanying dermal procedure. After the injection, the patient should avoid alcohol for about 48 hours to allow the healing process. Certain medications like blood thinners are not recommended before administering the treatment. In case of complications like skin allergies:

  • Notify the cosmetic doctor in time.
  • Avoid Salty and spicy food before the treatment day; sodium foods may undermine water retention in the skin, thus slowing the healing process of treatment lip fillers.
  • Inform the aesthetic practitioner about your medical profile to avoid complications post-treatment.

What to Do After Getting Fillers 

After the filler treatment, patients should take good of themselves to achieve the desired results. For instance, the patient should avoid strenuous exercise after the treatment. As muscles strain, they can create pressure on filler-treated areas; this may migrate the Filler to a different location, undermining the quality of the outcome. Also, patients should avoid lipstick in these areas. The waxing or facials activities can result in bruising, making the recovery process slow.

How Can One Get the Best Results from Fillers?

The treatment is one process, and getting the right results is another. McNeely et al. (2018) stated that the clinic from which one gets the treatment determines the results. For better results, get high-quality services offered by cosmetic doctors who know the body’s anatomy. The quality and type of the Filler used will also determine the results of the treatment. When one uses low-quality dermal fillers, the results may not be appealing.

In contrast, high-quality fillers should give better results. Clients should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Water containing hyaluronic acid improves water absorption. The patients should sleep on their backs and elevate their heads to reduce pressure on the face or lips in case they receive facial fillers.

How Long Does Filler Take to Settle?

Pavicic et al. (2019) stated that fillers need to integrate with the tissue to achieve a better result. The integration does not happen instantly; it needs time and proper care to integrate and give the desired results fully. The fillers can take one to two weeks to fully settle in body tissues, depending on the type of the fillers, the user’s age, and the metabolism.

Do Fillers Get Bigger After Some Days?

Urdiales-Gálvez et al. (2018) stated that, depending on the type of fillers, they could expand after some days of injection. Some brands expand within the first few days of the treatment. In nature, hyaluronic acid used in many types of Fillers is hygroscopic; it can absorb water from the tissues around it, making the lips plumper.

How Can Best One Sleep after Fillers?

After the filler treatment, one can sleep on their back with their head facing up. It prevents pressure on the treated areas in the healing period. 

FAQs about Fillers

Can One Shower after Fillers

The patient can shower after Filler; it is, however, advised to use a soft piece of cloth to wipe and clean the treated area.

Can One Drink Coffee Before Fillers?

The patient should avoid caffeine for 24 to 48 hours before the treatment. Coffee contains caffeine, which may worsen bruising and slow healing.

What medications should I Avoid before the Filler?

Medications like blood thinners could result in bleeding and severe bruising during the filler injections; hence patients should avoid them at least 48 hours after either part of the treatment.

Can You Put Moisturizer After Fillers?

The patient can moisturize their lips to prevent dryness and suffocation of the tissues.

How Long Does One Take to Heal from Filler Treatment?

The healing can take one to two weeks, depending on the body’s metabolism and age.


Before engaging in a filler treatment, the patients’ activities can determine the results. Avoid alcohol and blood thinners and consult with the doctors on what they need to do to prevent adverse effects. Notably, the after-treatment effects depend on the quality of the injection. A fair amount of data links complications from the treatment to poor injection quality. Therefore, the patient should secure the dermal filler injection from a certified professional to achieve a better treatment outcome. While the dermal procedure is a relatively safe and non-invasive procedure, the patient should prepare for a short duration of discomfort. However, most instances of swelling, bruising and redness disappear after some time.


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Nataly Komova