a blonde young woman is getting a cheek filler

Before Treatment Instructions

● Schedule your facial filler appointment at least four weeks prior to a special event that you may be attending, such as a wedding or a vacation. Bruising and swelling may be apparent for up to two weeks after your treatment and you may require refinement after the original treatment.● Avoid vaccinations and dental cleanings/procedures for 2 weeks prior to your procedure.● Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to treatment, as it can thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising. ● Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood-thinning medications, if possible, for a period of two weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish Oil supplements, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDS thin the blood and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.● Discontinue Retin-A use two days before and two days after treatment.● If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another outbreak of cold sores. Please let us know so you can be prescribed antiviral medication prior to treatment.● If you do not feel well, have a rash, cold sore, or blemish in the treatment area, please reschedule at least 48 hours in advance.

Day of Treatment Instructions

● Be sure to have a solid meal, including food and drink, the morning before your procedure. This will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.
● Please arrive at the office with a clean face. NO makeup, tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, etc. which may interfere with the procedure.● You may not receive treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.● When you arrive, please notify Medspa 501 staff of any changes to your medical history or health status

Post Treatment Instructions

● You have received a facial filler treatment. The results will be apparent immediately and will last from several months to several years depending on the filler used, treatment area, and your individual biology.
● Please follow the instructions below after your facial filler treatment.
● In the rare case of an adverse event, an antidote can be administered to partially or fully reverse the effects of treatment.
If you have any questions, please call our office at (984) 336-0501‬.

  • What is normal after your procedure?

    ● Due to the presence of lidocaine anesthetic in the gel, you may feel numbness or tingling immediately after the procedure. This will resolve within the hour.● Bruising may be visible initially, and then become more obvious the next day. It will fade over the next 7 to 14 days.● You may experience significant swelling after injections, especially if your lips were treated. Applying clean, cool compresses to the treatment area helps to reduce swelling, but do not apply firm pressure to the area as filler is still malleable.● Do not apply make-up over injection points for 24 hours after the procedure. If you need to hydrate your lips, simply apply Aquaphor with a clean cotton swab or Q-Tip.● Mild, non-painful swelling may last for up to 2 weeks.● Some people may experience a dull ache and/or tenderness in the treated areas. This will subside in 48-72 hours.

  • Helpful tips

    ● Refrain from touching the treatment area for the remainder of the treatment day to reduce the risk of infection.● Avoid exposure to UV light and extreme heat from saunas, steam, sunbed, hot showers, hot yoga, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours post treatment. This may increase discomfort and swelling.● Topical and oral Arnica+Bromelain are natural supplements that help reduce bruising. Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine (Zyrtec, Claritin) daily may help minimize swelling.● You may take acetaminophen/Tylenol for pain. It is best to avoid aspirin or NSAIDS such as ibuprofen, which may increase bruising.● Avoid applying unnecessary pressure over any areas treated, especially in the first 24 hours. This includes facial massages, facial treatments, and facial cradles.● Treated areas can be cleaned with a gentle cleanser such as ZO Gentle Cleanser after treatment.● Avoid drinking alcohol for a minimum of 12 hours as this may contribute to bruising and/or swelling.● Avoid dental cleanings/procedures and vaccinations for at least 2 weeks after a filler treatment.● At 2 weeks your filler has integrated into the tissues. At this point, it is normal to feel a cushion of the product but not to see product irregularities. Please let the office know if you detect any visible lumps or bumps.● Additional treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired look.

  • What is not normal after your procedure?

    It is important for us to educate you about the rare risk of complications. Do not be alarmed. Please understand that it’s important to be well-informed. The bottom line, immediate treatment is the key to any unwanted symptoms. Contact us immediately if:
    ● You observe any symptoms of a blocked blood vessel. This condition is associated with blanching (white patches on the skin) and pain beyond the level that you would expect. You may notice a cold area on your face or a tingling sensation. You may notice that the area starts to feel quite sore. Alternatively, a rash called livedo reticularis--which is a dusky discoloration of the skin-- may appear. Pustules may also emerge.
    ● You develop fever and/or chills.
    ● You observe discolored blotches in areas not injected.
    ● In urgent cases like these, the antidote for fillers will be used to melt the filler and unblock the blockage. It is important to act swiftly to prevent scarring. If complications arise outside of normal office hours, contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency department.
    If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us at (984) 336-0501‬.