Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are widely recognised for their excellent safety profile. When
administered correctly, hydration fillers are some of the safest fillers for the face.
Nevertheless, as with any cosmetic procedure, a certain level of risk is expected, which may include potential side effects such as redness and bruising around the treatment areas.
While the injection process itself is quick and straightforward, the key to achieving the best possible results lies in diligent aftercare.
By following specific instructions and adopting proper post-filler care practices, you can minimise the risk of complications.
Post-filler care: What to expect after getting treatment
Your healthcare provider knows best when it comes to providing you with the aftercare instructions since they have information on your medical history.
Here are some common instructions you may receive from your provider:
- Avoid excessive touching of treatment areas: Avoid touching or rubbing the treated areas unnecessarily. This helps minimise the risk of infection and ensures the filler settles properly.
- Take a break from the gym: Engaging in high intensity physical exercises should be avoided for a specified period after treatment. This helps reduce the likelihood of increased swelling or bruising at the treatment areas.
- Get the sunscreen out: Excessive sun exposure to the injection sites may exacerbate inflammation. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to the treat areas.
- Stub out the cigarettes: Try to avoid smoking for a few days after the treatment as it can impair the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
Risk of Delayed Onset Inflammatory Reactions
Delayed Onset Inflammatory Reactions (DIRs) or Late-Onset Inflammatory Response is a type of reaction that can occasionally occur following dermal filler treatments. It occurs due to the natural immune response of the body when exposed to foreign substances.
Aside from collagen, our bodies also produce less hyaluronic acid naturally as we age, resulting in loss of plumpness and skin elasticity.
Common reactions include:
- - Swelling
- - Redness
- - Tenderness
- - Itching
These reactions may happen several days or even weeks after the injection.
Occurrence of DIRs is relatively rare but if you experience any persistent side effects, speak to your healthcare provider who will be able to evaluate your condition, and provide the appropriate advice.
Proper after fillers care is important to minimise complications
By diligently adhering to the specific aftercare instructions provided by your trusted healthcare provider you can actively support the healing process and promote the long-lasting effects of your dermal filler treatment .
It is important that you take proactive steps to ensure a safe and successful dermal filler experience, ultimately enhancing your overall satisfaction with the treatment and the outcome achieved.