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How to Prepare for Dermal Filler Treatment

By January 16, 2023August 8th, 2023No Comments

Dermal filler is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments at the moment, but how should you prepare for dermal filler treatment? Read on to find out what to expect, and how to prepare.

What should you expect from your dermal filler treatment?

Dermal fillers are injections directly into the skin tissue. Most dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body. Hyaluronic acid bonds with water to hydrate, nourish and add volume to the skin. It also encourages the production of collagen, which is a protein that provides structure and strength throughout the body.

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Dermal fillers add volume, firmness, and add structure to the face. They are also used to fill wrinkles, scars, and other imperfections.

Depending on the area of your treatment, dermal filler is a relatively quick procedure, with most appointments lasting around an hour. You will likely feel tiny pinpricks, but it is not painful. Doctors may use skin-numbing cream on the area before the injections, and most dermal fillers include lidocaine, which is a local anaesthetic to numb the area.

How should you prepare for your first dermal filler treatment?

avoid alcohol before dermal filler

There are a few things you can do to prepare for your dermal filler treatment, to make the procedure go as smooth as possible. For example:

  • You should avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your treatment
  • You should not take any blood thinners, and these should be avoided for at least a week before your treatment to reduce bruising and speed up recovery time
  • Avoid taking any NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as these can increase your chance of bruising and swelling
  • Try to avoid spending time in the sun as prolonged sun exposure could damage your skin before treatment

What should you do after your first dermal filler treatment?

At your appointment, your doctor should take you through aftercare steps, and how to look after the area. However, we have listed some tips below to help you with your dermal filler aftercare.

  1. Apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce any swelling, redness, and bruising.
  2. Make sure to moisturize the skin and use sun cream or SPF to protect the skin from the sun (even during the winter).
  3. Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours after treatment.
  4. Avoid sun and heat exposure.
  5. Try to avoid strenuous exercise, and plan to take a few days off the gym!
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What else can I do to prepare?

Do your research:

Other things you can do to prepare yourself for your first dermal filler treatment include educating yourself. Make sure to do plenty of research on dermal fillers, and the area you want treatment, as well as looking into various clinics, and different types of dermal fillers they may use.

first dermal filler consultation


You should also have a consultation before any treatment with a qualified physician. This is your chance to ask questions, and disclose any medical conditions, medication, or allergies you may have.

Dermal filler treatment is a minimally invasive, with very few side effects, but your doctor will take you through all possible side effects, so you know what to expect. Your doctor will also take you through the procedure itself, and they can also give you advice on the type of treatment you should have, and the kind of filler that is best suited for you.

Know what to expect with the results:

Additionally, most people will see the smoothing and plumping effects of dermal filler immediately, but any bruising and swelling can take up to a week to subside. The skin around the eyes and lips are also prone to discolouration for a few days.

There is very little downtime to dermal filler treatment, but you should plan to take it easy in the few days after your treatment to ensure that the inflammation subsides quickly.

Buy Dermal Filler at Refine:

At Refine Clinical Wholesale, we stock a wide variety of dermal fillers. There are dermal fillers best suited to different parts of the face, and fillers which are most commonly used to fill wrinkles, so make sure to check out the selection here.

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