Preparing for the procedure? What you need to know

Before undergoing dermal filler injections, it’s important to take certain steps to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Here are some general guidelines to help you prepare:

  1. Consultation with a Professional:
    • Schedule a consultation with a qualified and experienced healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, who specializes in dermal fillers. Discuss your goals, expectations, and any concerns you may have.
  2. Research and Choose a Qualified Provider:
    • Research potential providers and choose a qualified and licensed healthcare professional who has experience with dermal fillers. Look for reviews, testimonials, and before-and-after photos to gauge their expertise.
  3. Medical History and Allergies:
    • Provide a thorough medical history to your provider, including any medications you are taking, allergies, and previous cosmetic procedures. This information is crucial for assessing your candidacy and minimizing potential risks.
  4. Avoid Blood-Thinning Medications:
    • In the days leading up to the procedure, avoid medications and supplements that can thin the blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and fish oil. This helps reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding during and after the procedure.
  5. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine:
    • Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine intake before the procedure, as they can contribute to dehydration and may increase the risk of bruising.
  6. Stay Hydrated:
    • Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the procedure. Hydrated skin tends to heal better and can improve the overall outcome of the treatment.
  7. Plan for Recovery:
    • Schedule the procedure at a time when you can take it easy for a day or two afterward. While many people resume normal activities immediately, it’s good to give yourself some time to rest if needed.
  8. Avoid Strenuous Exercise:
    • Refrain from vigorous exercise on the day of the procedure and for the next 24-48 hours. Exercise can increase blood flow, which may lead to increased bruising and swelling.
  9. Topical Anesthetic:
    • If your provider recommends it, you may apply a topical numbing cream or gel to the treatment area before the procedure to minimize discomfort.
  10. Follow Post-Procedure Care Instructions:
    • Your healthcare provider will provide you with specific post-procedure care instructions. Follow these carefully to optimize the healing process and minimize potential side effects.

Remember, individual preparations may vary based on your unique health situation and the specific recommendations of your healthcare provider. Always consult with your provider for personalized advice tailored to your needs.