Swelling, along with bruising, are common concerns among surgical patients. While swelling, also called edema, is expected after surgery, nonsurgical liquid lift patients here in Washington DC who are treated with JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® fillers should anticipate a certain degree of swelling too.
Swelling after facial filler injections may last a few hours or day, possibly longer, depending on multiple factors. Delayed swelling may also occur after the initial injection due to water attraction from the filler. A majority of fillers, such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane, are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a gel that can attract and hold water similar to a sponge.
Fortunately, this swelling after nonsurgical office treatments usually resolves quickly and only noticeable to the patient. Facial filler patients often return to work very soon after treatment, even the same day in many cases. A majority of the swelling resolves soon after visiting the plastic surgeon’s office. Typically, only the patient may notice residual swelling, as the treated area doesn’t normally draw attention from friends, family, or strangers after the initial recovery period.
The plastic surgery swelling guidelines below generally apply to most procedures, including facelift or eyelid surgery. Cosmetic surgery patients are typically proactive and often already using some of these natural methods to reduce swelling.
How to reduce swelling after facial fillers
Anything that is generally good for your health is also good for your skin and helps reduce swelling after facial fillers. Be sure to follow the specific guidelines of your plastic surgeon or dermatologist after your office treatment.
- Maintain hydration by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water and juices
- Consider taking certain herbal supplements, such as arnica montana and bromelain
- Focus on eating fresh fruits and vegetables
- Apply ice to treated area
- Keep your head elevated to allow gravity to reduce swelling
- Consider taking antihistamine tablets
What to avoid to minimize swelling after facial fillers
Cosmetic surgery patients may help minimize swelling by proactively avoiding the following:
- Processed foods or fast foods
- Excess salt
- Most herbal teas and supplements
- Spicy foods
- Blood thinning medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen
- Smoking and smoke exposure
What are other methods to reduce facial filler swelling?
Rest is important after facial fillers. Plastic surgeons will recommend avoiding heavy activity or exercise for the first day or so after treatment.
Gentle massage of the treated area may improve the swelling on some patients. Sometimes the area just expands a little too much with edema and needs to be gingerly flattened back down. Hard pressure should be avoided. Ask your injector if massage is allowed.
Lastly, swelling may be due factors other than treatment itself, such as allergies, thyroid condition, hormones, medication side-effect, or other medical conditions. As always, speak to your plastic surgeon to determine methods to help reduce swelling that is appropriate for you.
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