The Ultimate Aftercare Guide for Wrinkle Relaxers and Dermal Fillers
Within the past few years, the popularity of injectables has skyrocketed. So we have created this guide to ensure optimised results, safety, product longevity, and answer all your questions.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual report, 2018 marked the highest number of wrinkle relaxer injections to date. Meanwhile, soft tissue fillers secured the second position among the most popular minimally-invasive procedures of the year.
Treatments have shifted from taboo to commonplace. Although data from 2019 is yet to surface, we can assume continued growth for injectables within the cosmetic industry.
The Most Popular Uses for Cosmetic Injectables and Fillers
Wrinkles can occur at (sometimes surprising) stages of our life due to varying factors.
According to Medical News Today, the first sign of wrinkles are usually due to facial expressions. Other factors such as sun exposure, drinking, smoking, medications and genetics also play a major role.
During the ageing process, the skin loses volume and elasticity, diminishing the ability to “snap back” – inevitably causing its appearance to change. This can cause the face to look exhausted or hollow.
Primarily, dermal fillers add volume, contour & lift and wrinkle relaxers can soften wrinkles. Wrinkle relaxing injections can also be used for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraines and teeth grinding.
Media representations of botched ‘tox or overfilled faces have caused public misconceptions of cosmetic treatments. Medical procedures carry risks – however, distorted and frozen faces aren’t the norm, and are more reflective of the doctor.
Results should be a fresh, more youthful look – keeping your natural appearance intact. While it doesn’t have to be a secret, it could be.
What to Expect During Treatment
Although Wrinkle Relaxers and Dermal Fillers have different functions, they are both injectables – therefore you can expect a similar treatment process.
Before your treatment, it’s important to communicate with your doctor your desired results. They should work with you to consider your facial symmetry and if your desired look is realistic. Once you have established a shared outcome, your Doctor can go ahead with the procedure.
Numbing cream, and/or ice, will be applied for some treatment areas such as lips and in some cases ice. You may experience mild discomfort during the process. Some areas are more sensitive than others. Across the web, some have reported injectables to feel slightly worse than a flu shot. Luckily, regardless of your pain threshold, the treatment typically takes less than 30 minutes.
The doctor will then show you the results, let you relax for a moment, and then you’re fine to go home!
Aftercare for Injectables: Frequently Asked Questions
Is it normal to bruise?
Bruising is a common side effect and typically resolves within 10-14 days.
As is the case with most treatments, this is highly dependant on the individual. Some people may not experience any bruising at all, while others are more prone to it.
Bruising occurs as some areas are more vascular than others, while lifestyle factors and medications can also increase the chances of bruising.
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology suggests that to mitigate bruising, avoid blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin for a few days prior to treatment. Also on the list, some herbal supplements are believed to increase bruising including high doses of Vitamin E and even garlic!
However, research shows that other factors can cause bruising, such as alcohol intake, age and vitamin deficiencies.
To minimise bruising, applying a cold compress to the area immediately is one of the most effective available methods.
Others suggest a topical application of Arnica Montana, 1-2 days prior and 1 day after may also be effective. Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) may also assist in clearing metabolic waste from injuries such as bruises. However, always ensure you speak with your doctor first.
What should I avoid, why?
Refrain from vigorous exercise for 24 hours post-treatment. This can exacerbate bruising by driving blood to the area.
A general rule of thumb is to treat the area like any wound, let it breathe, don’t play with it, don’t put anything on it that might irritate the skin, be gentle and wait for it to heal.
Can I fly post treatment?
It is usually recommended to wait at least 48 hours after receiving dermal fillers. While this may cause no effect, pressurised cabins can intensify swelling and bruising. This means the possibility of becoming extra puffy if flying too soon after fillers.
Wrinkle Relaxers are a little more adaptable to flying. Again, it is recommended to wait at least 48 hours before hopping on an aeroplane, especially overseas. Although both these procedures are generally safe, in the event of an adverse side effect it is best to be able to contact your doctor immediately.
Help, I can feel small bumps in my lips!
Small and soft lumps, for up to a week post-treatment are a common, and normal reaction to lip fillers or dermal fillers. Hard, persistent lumps are not common, and it is best to seek medical advice.
Soft lumps are common and can usually be gently massaged out. Again, if anything feels not quite right, always double-check with your doctor!
When to Contact your Doctor
During the consultation, your doctor will inform you of possible side effects such as bruising, swelling or redness in the treated area. Always ask if you have any questions. It is also important to remember that everyone is different, and what is a normal response for you might not be normal for everyone else.