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I have worked as a receptionist at a popular cosmetic surgery office for the past ten years, and I have seen every type of cosmetic surgery and recovery that you could imagine. Unfortunately, some patients are much better at choosing their procedures than others. For example, we had one patient that opted to have ten nose jobs in a row, which lead to a deformed bridge and a super tiny nose tip. Unfortunately, when she came back a few months later to have the problem corrected, the doctors didn't have enough tissue to work with. On my website, you will learn how to decide which procedures are right for you, so that you aren't left regretting your decisions down the road.


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Tips For Dermal Filler Recovery

by Michelle Austin

In recent years, there has been an increasing number of options on the market for wrinkle treatments, including a variety of different injections designed to serve as dermal fillers, which will help to smooth out your skin. If you've decided that it's time to consider one of these injections, such as a Restylane filler or similar type, it's important that you understand how to get the most from the treatment. Here's a look at some of the things that your dermatologist will want you to know about the day of, and the days after, your dermal filler treatment.

The Day Of Treatment

The first thing you should know is that, if you're headed to get a dermal filler treatment, you need to arrive with a clean face. After washing your face, you should avoid any kind of lotions, creams, makeup products, or anything else that could sit on the surface of your skin. Not only is this important for preventing infection after the injections, but it also helps to eliminate any possible interactions between the filler and other products on your skin.

For the first 10 or 12 hours, you'll want to make sure that you apply ice to the area according to your dermatologist's directions. Ice will help to minimize swelling and bruising in the area. Additionally, avoid any intense heat, including hot tubs, direct sun, tanning beds, and hot showers.

The First 72 Hours

You may feel some discomfort at the injection sites while the filler distributes the way that it's supposed to. This shouldn't last long, and it should be mild enough that you can easily treat it with over-the-counter pain relievers. If it becomes more severe than the pain relievers can address, you should call your dermatologist right away.

Additionally, make sure that you avoid touching the area. Don't pick at it, scratch it, or rub it. Let the filler work its way to where it needs to be and settle into place undisturbed so that you don't disrupt the process. Touching the area can not only disrupt this process, but it can also increase your risk of infection.

The Week Following Treatment

You'll want to avoid anything that could increase bruising, including drinking alcohol. Remember that alcohol can thin your blood, which can often increase your bruising. Avoid alcohol consumption for several days to a week after your injection treatments to allow time for the area to heal. 

Further, you'll want to avoid any exfoliation, waxing, or other abrasive treatments to the skin in that area for the first week. Once everything has healed, your dermatologist will give you the okay to proceed with any other beauty treatments you wish to have.