COSMETIC FILLER FACT SHEET
Prior to Treatment
If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence. Speak to your physician about medications that may minimize a recurrence.
One week prior to your treatment with filler material, avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wart, and high doses of Vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
- Keep head elevated. This will reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Apply cool compress or ice pack. Place pack in paper towel or cloth. Do not apply directly to skin.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for first 24 hours after treatment.
- Avoid extensive heat or sun exposure for first day.
- Refrain from alcoholic beverages for 24 hours following injection as this can cause temporary redness, swelling and itching to or near the injection site.
- Watch closely for signs of infection listed below.
- Immediately after the treatment, the most commonly reported side effects were temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects typically resolve within two to three days. Cold compresses may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling. If the inconvenience continues beyond two to three days or if other reactions occur, please contact your physician.
- Avoid touching the treated area within six hours following treatment. After that, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
Signs of Infection
Wound becomes red, swollen, tender or hot to touch.
If red streaks are seen coming from the operative area.
If you develop a fever,
If the wound breaks open or begins draining.
If there is a constant or increasing pain at wound site.