In the past few years, fillers have experienced a game-changing revolution. Once seen as solely a way to turn back time, they are now commonly used by women and men of all ages to enhance lips, re-sculpt the face, refresh eyes and even as a way to restore mobility such as when used to replace missing cartilage in an arthritic knee, or to assist runners with painful fat loss in the soles of their feet as seen in our exclusive sole support treatment. If you are one of the over 2 million patients planning to use filler to your best advantage, it’s essential to choose an experienced practitioner (proper placement is a key component in patient satisfaction) and to plan ahead.
Today I’m sharing 10 Dos and Don’ts to consider before your procedure.
Do remember that this is your face! Yes, there are “deals” out there, but not all practitioners are equal when it comes to experience, aesthetic understanding or credentials. Research extensively. It is important that you see an experienced Board Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist.
Do have realistic expectations. While it is true that a lot of wonderful things can be achieved with filler, the best injectors want to highlight the best parts of you. Look for someone who does not want to change your face, only enhance it.
Do have a budget. This is where research comes in. You do not want to choose a practitioner based solely on cost, but you also do not want to stretch yourself too thin. Speak to your practitioner about your goals and budget and work together on choosing the best treatment within your means.
Do know what you’d like to address. It is important to share your concerns with your physician. Most practitioners have eyes that are trained to see every little flaw that we didn’t even know existed. Don’t be afraid to be assertive and informed.
Do start conservatively. Doing too much at once can distort your appearance. Again, it is essential to choose a Board Certified Dermatologist with a conservative, artistic eye who will enhance your already beautiful face.
Don’t Drink Alcohol. As delicious as your cocktail may be, it thins the blood which can increase your risk of bruising. Abstain from the spirits for at least 48 hours before your treatment.
Don’t ingest Vitamin C, E or fish oil. These supplements also thin the blood and increase chance of bruising. Avoid these for at least three days.
Don’t start comparing your face with others. We are all unique and so are our features. No one is symmetrical and therefore each physician should customize your treatment. Kylie Jenner’s lips might not look good on your face when balanced with your unique features.
Don’t take Aspirin, Advil or Aleve. Unless directed by your physician, a daily dose of these blood thinners might leave you with unnecessary marks. Avoid them for one week prior to your appointment.
Don’t schedule an important event within 1-2 weeks after your injection. The likelihood of swelling and bruising is high, particularly when injecting in sensitive areas such as the lower eyelids and lips. It also takes two weeks for most fillers to settle into their final result.