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:

General Recommendations

-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.