What to do before?
In order to reduce the amount of bruising and swelling at the injection site, clients should follow the recommendations about how prepare for fillers:
-If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the injections could contribute to another outbreak of cold sores.
-Stay hydrated, for the best and long lasting results drink an average of 2 liters of water each day.
-Keep lips deeply moisturized
1 Week Prior to Lip Injections
-Avoid blood thinning over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleeve.
-Avoid Supplements, including St. John’s Wort, Gingko Biloba, Primrose Oil, Garlic, Ginseng, and Vitamin E.
2 Days Prior to Injections
-Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, or any “anti-aging” products.
-Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or using hair removal cream on the area to be treated.
-Start taking Arnica, this is not required but it will help lessen bruising.
24 Hours Prior to Injections
-Do not drink alcoholic beverages
What to do after?
The First Hour
-Apply ice pack as needed for comfort and quickly bring down swelling.
– Apply Arnica infused moisturizer topically (Provided by Bell House Beauty)
-Continue taking 3 Arnica tablets daily to reduce bruising.
-Take acetaminophen (Tylenol or similar) to reduce tenderness if necessary.
-Avoid scratching, massaging, or picking around the injection site. Tiny holes are normal and will disappear within a few hours to a few days.
6 to 10 Hours After
-Until the swelling and redness have resolved, avoid intense, heat in treated area(s). This includes sunbathing, tanning, saunas, hot tubs, or hot wax.
-To help alleviate swelling, clients can use an antihistamine during the day such as Zyrtec or Claritin, and Benadryl at night.
-Sunscreen and makeup can be applied at this time and clients may use a gentle cleanser on the area.
How to reduce bruising
-Avoid drinking alcohol or partaking in strenuous exercise, as it may result in additional bruising.
-To help alleviate bruising, we recommend taking Arnica or Bromelain, eating fresh pineapple, and applying ice pack to area.
After 2 weeks
-After swelling goes down, if there is still a lump, you can apply soft pressure onto the lump and hold for up to ten minutes, 2 – 3 times daily. After 2 -3 days of doing this all the lumps should be gone.