It’s all about preparation when it comes to cheek fillers, lip injections, and other treatments with dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®. Before you visit my Orlando facial plastic surgery practice, there are a few things you can do to set the stage for an easy treatment experience with fantastic results.
Follow these tips to make your filler appointment as comfortable, effective, and rewarding as possible.
Research Your Injector
Choosing an experienced and credentialed injector is the most important step you can take to get a safe treatment with exceptional results. Look for a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, nurse practitioner (NP), or physician assistant (PA), all of whom are qualified to perform aesthetic injections.
Once you’ve checked a provider’s credentials, read through reviews and look at before-and-after photos to make sure their abilities align with your desired look.
Avoid Alcohol & Blood-Thinning Substances
For 48 hours leading up to your injections, stray away from alcohol supplements that thin your blood, including NSAIDs (aspirin and ibuprofen), vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba. Make sure to check with your doctor before you stop any blood-thinning medications.
Holding off on these substances will lower your likelihood of bruising and help you heal more quickly.
Arrive With a Clean Face
Your skin must be completely clean and sterilized before your injections, so plan to arrive without any makeup or moisturizer. A clean face also gives your injector a chance to see your face as a blank canvas without any concealer or contouring altering your appearance.
Get a Head Start on Healing
Start prepping for your recovery by taking the following before your appointment:
- Acetaminophen: This over-the-counter pain killer (commonly known as Tylenol®) can be taken about an hour before your appointment to manage soreness without increasing your chances of bruising.
- Arnica montana: This natural homeopathic supplement speeds the healing process along. We recommend taking this starting two days prior to your appointment.
You can continue taking them over the next couple of days as needed until you’re completely healed.
Tell Your Injector if You Have a History of Cold Sores
Needle pokes are known to trigger flare-ups of cold sores, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have injectable treatments done. Let us know at least a week before your appointment if you’re prone to cold sores. We’ll plan ahead with medication to prevent an outbreak.
This is especially important if you’re planning to get lip injections, which you can learn more about in this blog post.
Avoid Irritating Your Treatment Area
Do not wax, tweeze, bleach, or use hair removal products on your treatment area immediately before your appointment. This can cause irritation and inflammation in the area, which may worsen the effects of swelling from your injections.
Dream Up Your Ideal Look
Think about the look you want to achieve and how you want to describe it to your injector. Feel free to bring reference photos to give us an idea of how you want to look. However, keep in mind we recommend customizing your results to flatter your face rather than directly replicating someone else’s look. We’ll work with you to bring your dream appearance to life in a way that brings out the best in your unique natural features.
Curious what kinds of results you can achieve with dermal fillers? See real patient transformations in our before-and-after photo gallery.