Are you thinking of getting dermal fillers? You’re not alone! It seems like this non-invasive cosmetic procedure is growing ever more popular these days, with one of the highest customer satisfaction rates as an anti-ageing solution.
However, before you go off celebrating your new look with a glass of champagne, it’s important to consider the side effects and how alcohol can affect dermal fillers before and after treatment.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances applied under the skin to add volume, or to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They work by stimulating your body’s natural collagen and elastin production over a certain period of time to keep skin firm and supple.
There are several different kinds of dermal filler:
- Hyaluronic Acid: This substance naturally occurs in our bodies and is capable of attracting water molecules to help maintain moisture and hydration in the skin for at least 6 – 12 months.
- Calcium Hydroxyapatite: It is a biosynthetic material that is mostly made out of calcium, phosphate, and hydroxyl groups. The dermal filler contains particles which are naturally occurring in our bones, so the immune system does not see it as foreign material when it’s used to add volume to your dermis.
- Poly-L-Lactic Acid: This dermal filler is actually derived from bacterial fermentation, which means it stimulates the production of new collagen and restructures your facial volume, making it unique among dermal fillers.
- Fat grafting: This is another long term dermal filler choice which, unlike the ones listed above, does require surgery. The dermis is collected through liposuction and then often injected under the skin of the face. It is particularly useful when filling in deep facial folds.
Is drinking alcohol safe with dermal fillers?
In short, it’s best not to drink any alcohol for at least 24 – 72 hours before and after treatment. This is because it could cause infection or an allergic reaction, and affect your results.
Alcohol is a vasodilator, meaning it dilates and widens blood vessels, which increases blood flow and lowers oxygen levels. As a result, this may increase the likelihood of bleeding or bruising during and after the injection process. It can also lead to swelling and subsequently an asymmetrical look.
You’ll want to receive the best results possible, so avoiding alcohol for a few days will improve the success rate of your dermal filler treatment and help to avoid any problems. Make sure to follow the aftercare steps advised by your doctor.