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Dermal Filler & Botox Aftercare Tips

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Botox and Dermal Fillers are safe and effective treatments; both are FDA approved. The treatments do have the possibility for side-effects, although the side-effects of both are minimal—and not everyone experience side-effects from treatment. The most commonly experienced side-effect is bruising. There are a few ways you can lessen or altogether negate the risk of bruising after a treatment with our aftercare tips.

If you take certain medications or supplements that cause the blood to thin, or medications that restrict the blood’s ability to clot. If you are required to take certain medications that could cause bruising, it’s important to tell your Central Wellness professional.

After a Botox or Dermal Filler treatment there are a few ways to prevent bruising. You can take several kinds of supplements that help to treat the pain and any post-treatment bruising. In certain cases, these supplements should be taken a few days before a treatment. You can also eat pineapple both before and after a procedure, because pineapple has enzymes that can help to prevent bruising. You may also gently apply ice to the area.

Avoid touching the area around the treatment site, and absolutely never massage the area around the treatment site (Unless you have been instructed to do so by your medical professional).

It’s also important to sleep in a way that prevents any inadvertent rubbing or compressing of the skin around the treated area. Prop your head up with extra pillows, or, if you are someone who has experienced bruising in the past, it may be best to sleep more upright in a recliner or chair on the night after a treatment.

The most important aspect to any treatment is the medical professional at Central Wellness who administer it. If you have any questions, or you are ready to schedule your next Botox/Dermal Filler appointment, then contact Central Wellness today.

Botox Aftercare Instructions

For 4-6 hours after treatment avoid showers, washing hair, blow drying hair, & wearing hats.

4-6 hours after treatment avoid exercise or long walks, and massges where you are face down in a cradle.

Avoid air travel for 4-6 hours after the injection.

4-6 hours after treatment do not touch injected area or apply make up.

Keep upright for 4-6 hours after the injection. This is very important to minimize medication migration!

Avoid laser or heated treatments for at least 2 weeks post injection.

Common Side Effects & Risks

Most issues are mild and improve in a day or two. Redness, swelling, tenderness, headache, and bruising are possible. These can be relieved by applying ice to the area. Uncommonly, treatment may cause an allergic reaction, rash or infection.

Please call our office immediately if you have any concerns!

Dermal Filler Aftercare Instructions

Avoid Disturbing the Treated Area

While the treated area may feel slightly different at first, it’s important to avoid touching, rubbing, or applying pressure. Doing so could potentially displace the filler or even lead to complications.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is a fundamental component of healthy skin. Drinking plenty of water is particularly vital after dermal filler treatment, as these injectables work by attracting water molecules, thereby amplifying their volumizing effect.

Refrain from Intense Physical Activity

For the first 24-48 hours post-treatment, it’s best to minimise vigorous exercise. Such activities could increase blood flow, potentially causing the filler to move from the treatment area.

Addressing Swelling and Bruising

Mild swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection site are common side effects. Use a cold pack on the area to alleviate these symptoms. It’s advisable to avoid aspirin and alcohol, both of which can exacerbate bruising

Limit Sun and Heat Exposure

Sun and heat can worsen swelling or discomfort post-treatment. It’s recommended to shield the treated area from the sun, and if necessary, use a high SPF sunscreen.

Gentle Skin Care Routine

Continue with a gentle skincare regimen. Treat yourself to a selection of high-quality, non-irritating products.

Common Side Effects & Risks

Severe complications from dermal fillers are uncommon. Redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness are possible. Uncommonly, treatment may cause an allergic reaction, rash or infection.

Please call our office immediately if you have any concern!


There may be some degree of swelling immediately post treatment; however, if you have excessive swelling or any of the following sings of infection, you should contact the office immediately.

Signs of infection include:

  • Drainage – looks like puss
  • Increased warmth at or around the treated area
  • Fever of 101.5 or greater

Please contact us immediately if the following symptoms occur:

  • Any abnormal looking bruise that appears like a spider web or tree branches
  • Any significant pain, redness, swelling or irregular skin whitening
  • Delay in capillary refill (press on skin for 10 seconds when finger removed skin should pink up within 3 seconds)

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