Injectable Fillers: What To Expect
During & After Treatment
What To Expect During Treatment
Makeup: Dr. Mabrie will clean the injection site before your treatment. Bring your cosmetics with you (such as cover-up) if you wish to camouflage any discoloration after your procedure.
Discomfort: An initial "pinch" is usually felt from the needle, which feels similar to a toothpick on the skin. However, most individuals experience very little discomfort during their procedure since dermal fillers contain a numbing anesthetic that takes effect immediately upon injection. Numbness from the anesthesia may occur around the eyes, nose, and lips for 1 - 3 hours.
Discoloration: Immediately after treatment, you may notice small injection marks or redness, which typically lasts a few hours.
What To Expect After Treatment
Pain: Most people are quite comfortable after their procedure, and discomfort (if any) is usually very mild. You may take Tylenol® to help with pain (avoid aspirin, Motrin, and fish oil for 1 week). A cool compress may be used for additional comfort. Dr. Mabrie does not recommend ice after treatment, as it may irritate the skin.
Swelling: Swelling around the injection site may occur immediately or up to 24-hours later. Sleeping with your head elevated can help minimize swelling and reduce facial puffiness. Apply cold tea bags on the eye area for 20 minutes to help reduce swelling.
Bruising: Bruising may include a black eye and can occur immediately after your injection, or up to 4 days later.
Exercise: Patients are allowed to participate in light activities but should avoid strenuous exercise during the first 24 hours following treatment. Activities that raise the heart rate may increase your chances of bruising.
Follow-Up Care: After your initial treatment, your 2-week follow-up appointment is very important. During your follow-up appointment, Dr. Mabrie will evaluate your results and may choose to further mold, or add additional filler for a more polished effect. Fillers typically do not migrate from one location to another, however, if there is fullness in a concentrated area, gentle pressure will redistribute the filler more evenly. It is usually best to allow Dr. Mabrie to perform this technique during your follow-up appointment.