What not to do when you get fillers?
What Not To Eat After Lip Fillers
Whether you’re interested in lip fillers or have already had lip filler treatment here at our Clapham dental practice, then you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll provide you with a bit of info about caring for lip fillers and when to recognise a top-up might be needed. We’ll also cover a few at-home tips and tricks to care for your pout in the long term.
First of all, can you eat after lip fillers?
We recommend that any numbing agent has fully worn off before eating, to avoid accidentally biting your mouth (ouch!). We would also suggest that you avoid overly chewy or crunchy foods in the first 24 hours post-treatment. This way you are less likely to interrupt healing by disturbing the injection sites, keep reading for some tips on which foods and drinks to avoid at this time.
What foods are ok to eat after lip fillers?
As soon as your numbing cream has worn off, you are ok to eat as you normally would for the most part. However there are a few recommended exceptions below, avoiding these will give your new lips the best chance of healing properly with minimum side effects, such as bruising.
Food & drink to avoid
– Alcohol – though it’s tempting to toast to your lovely results, drinking in the first 24 hours could lead to bruising and swelling.
– Caffeine – whether in food or drink form, could slow down the healing process as it can cause dehydration.
– Salty & sugary foods – could cause you to excessively lick the lips, which could cause sensitivity or even infection.
– Hot & cold drinks – these could lead to developing blisters or even burns, as your lips will be particularly sensitive.
– Cigarettes & vapes – while not a food or drink, they’re still part of your general health and lifestyle and should be avoided in the first 24 hours.
We always go through aftercare with our clients here at our Clapham dental practice. This it’s so important not only for the health of your lips but for
the longevity of your results. Caring for your lip fillers is quite easy when you know how:
– Don’t touch your lips in the early days, when the product is ‘’settling’’
– Avoid heat treatments, strenuous exercise and dental treatments in the first 2-3 weeks
– Avoid alcohol, smoking and make-up for around 24 hours following the procedure
– Always protect your lips from the sun
Of course, this is just a quick snapshot – we provide more detailed advice during your consultation/appointment here in Clapham.
Managing your results
Lip fillers can last anywhere from 6 months to 18 months, however, it’s advised to have a top-up before this time to ensure there’s no ‘gap’ between results. As a general rule, you could consider a top-up every 3-6 months.
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Looking after your lips
There are a few tips and tricks you can try at home to keep your lips looking their best:
– Use daily sun protection
– Use a lip scrub to gently exfoliate, and keep lips shiny and soft
– Apply a moisturising lip balm to prevent dryness and cracking
– Incorporate lip care into your skincare routine
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Dermal fillers are injections that plump up wrinkles and smooth lines on your face. There are several types of dermal fillers. Healthcare providers usually inject dermal fillers in the areas around your eyes, mouth and nose. This common cosmetic procedure typically produces results right away, and can last months or years.
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What are dermal fillers?
Dermal filler injections are a type of nonsurgical cosmetic procedure. Dermal fillers plump up wrinkles, smooth lines and restore volume in your face. Your healthcare provider injects these substances just under your skin.
People choose to get dermal fillers to enhance their facial features or gain a more youthful appearance. This elective treatment usually takes less than half an hour, and recovery time is minimal. Results are seen right away and last months to years depending on the type of filler and the location.
There are several kinds of dermal fillers. Your healthcare provider will discuss your options with you. As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks, including infection, bleeding and bruising. Health insurance plans generally don’t cover elective cosmetic procedures such as filler injections.
Why are dermal fillers used?
As you age, your body starts to lose collagen. Collagen is an important substance that exists all over your body, including in your skin, muscles, bones and connective tissues. Decreased amounts of collagen in your skin causes skin laxity (loose) and loss of volume. Skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity and starts to sag.
You may choose to get dermal fillers to:
- Add volume to sagging skin.
- Make your facial features more symmetrical.
- Plump up lips and cheeks.
- Smooth wrinkles and creases in your face.
Some medications prescribed to treat medical conditions such as HIV and AIDS can cause thinness in your face. Some people choose to get dermal fillers to restore volume to their face after taking these medications.
How common are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are very common. Every year in the United States, more than 3 million people choose to get dermal fillers.
What are the types of dermal fillers?
There are many types of dermal fillers. In addition to “off-the-shelf” fillers that use synthetic (manmade materials) and substances that naturally occur in your body, healthcare providers can use fat from your own body. Healthcare providers call this procedure “autologous fat grafting,” where they remove fat from one part of your body and inject it into your face.
The types of off-the-shelf fillers include:
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring acid in your skin. It gives your skin volume and keeps it hydrated. With age, your body stops making hyaluronic acid. Results from HA injections usually last six months to a year. Restylane® is a commonly used type of HA filler.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is a type of filler that consists of a substance you have in your bones. Results from these fillers typically last around a year. Healthcare providers usually use CaHA fillers for deeper wrinkles. Examples of CaHA fillers include Radiesse®.
- Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a substance that helps your body create its own collagen. Healthcare providers usually use poly-L-lactic acid to smooth deep wrinkles on your face. The results can last two years or more. Types of PLLA fillers include Sculptra®.
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) fillers consist of collagen and very small balls that stay under your skin after your healthcare provider injects them. The balls give your skin volume and keep it firm. Bellafill® is one type of PMMA filler.
Your healthcare provider will review the types of dermal fillers and discuss the right option for you. Talk to them about setting realistic goals and the results you can expect after getting injections.
What happens before a dermal filler procedure?
Before you get dermal fillers, you’ll have a consultation with your healthcare provider. You may wish to see a dermatologist, a healthcare provider who specializes in caring for skin. They’ll examine your face and ask about your goals and what areas you’d like to enhance.
They may mark your face with a pen or marker to show where the injections will be. They may also take pictures of your face. Your healthcare provider will recommend a specific type of filler or fillers and review possible side effects and recovery time.
During this consultation, your healthcare provider will also ask about your medical history. It’s important to tell them if you’re taking any medications, as some drugs can increase the risk of complications after getting fillers. Tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- History of bruising or bleeding after similar procedures.
- Neurological problems.
- Skin conditions.
What happens during a dermal filler procedure?
You can get dermal fillers in your healthcare provider’s office. Some people choose to get dermal fillers in a medical spa (also called a medspa or medispa). This is a medical clinic that delivers cosmetic procedures in a spa-like environment. Your healthcare provider cleans your skin and may apply a lotion or cream with an anesthetic. The anesthetic numbs the area so the treatment will be more comfortable.
Using a thin needle, your healthcare provider injects small amounts of fillers under your skin. The needle will pinch or sting, but most people don’t experience much pain during these injections. Your healthcare provider may inject the fillers in several areas. The whole process can take a few minutes or up to an hour.
What happens after a dermal filler procedure?
After receiving dermal filler injections, your healthcare provider will cleanse your skin. They may give you an ice pack to ease pain and swelling.
You may have bruises, swelling or discomfort after getting the injections. Usually, these side effects are mild and go away in a few days.
Many people see results right away after getting these injections. But everyone’s results are different. How long it takes to see results (and how long they last) depends on several factors, including the type of treatment you received.
What’s the process for a facial fat grafting procedure?
The process for facial fat grafting is a little different. First, your healthcare provider removes fat from your own body using liposuction. After purifying the fat, they inject it into your face. This is usually an outpatient procedure (you go home the same day).
Because a fat grafting procedure requires an extra step, the process is more complicated than receiving off-the-shelf dermal fillers. Following liposuction and facial fat grafting, you may need to rest for up to two weeks. Ask your healthcare provider about the recovery time and whether this procedure is right for you.
Risks / Benefits
What are the advantages of dermal filler procedures?
Many people see results of dermal fillers right away. The injections usually take less than an hour, and you can get them right in your healthcare provider’s office. Because it’s a nonsurgical treatment, recovery time is minimal.
Depending on the type of filler, results can last months or even years. Some fillers work for more than two years. Dermal fillers are also typically less expensive than elective surgical procedures.
What are the risks or complications of dermal fillers?
Serious complications are rare, and some of these side effects are only temporary. But as with any cosmetic surgery procedure, there are risks. They include:
- Asymmetrical appearance.
- Bleeding, bruising, redness, pain and swelling.
- Damage to your skin, which can cause scars.
- Infection, which can lead to necrosis (death of the infected skin) in severe cases.
- Lumps or bumps under your skin.
- Pimples that look like acne.
- Rash and itching.
Rarely, people have vision problems following dermal filler injections. If you have problems with your eyesight, along with weakness, discomfort or pain on one side of your body, get immediate medical help.
Recovery and Outlook
What is the recovery time after getting dermal fillers?
Everyone’s recovery time is different. Your recovery time depends on:
- How many areas your healthcare provider treated.
- The type of filler you got.
- Your overall health.
Most people can get back to the activities they enjoy right after getting dermal filler injections. Your healthcare provider may recommend taking a break from rigorous exercise or physical activity for a day or two, though.
When to Call the Doctor
When should I see my healthcare provider about dermal fillers?
After getting dermal fillers, call your healthcare provider right away if you have:
- Bleeding or pain.
- Signs of infection, including fever or redness and swelling at the injection site.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (dyspnea).
A note from Cleveland Clinic
Dermal fillers smooth wrinkles and restore volume to sagging skin. Many people choose to get these injections because results are noticeable right away and recovery time is minimal. As with any elective cosmetic procedure, there’s a risk of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits, as well as the best type of dermal fillers for you. After getting these injections, call your healthcare provider if you have bleeding, pain or swelling or signs of an allergic reaction.
Dermal Fillers Care
Here at the Skin & Wellbeing Clinic we get asked a lot of questions about dermal fillers and what to expect after your treatment, and the advice is the same whether you have had treatment for your lips, hands or your face. First and foremost it is extremely important to listen the advice given during the consultation and to take note of the aftercare advice being provided. It is your responsibility to look after your treatment as you would following ANY medical procedure. Even if you have had many previous treatments, please don’t get lazy. If there is something you don’t understand please don’t hesitate to ask and we can clarify further.
As we always discuss at every consultation there are some RISKS associated with dermal filler treatments however EXPECTED down time and ‘side effects’ are explained below.
Any serious problems after a treatment (as discussed during consultation) are not discussed here.
So what to EXPECT after your treatment.
There might be redness, swelling or tenderness in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injections and will generally disappear within a few days. The initial swelling after a lip enhancement treatment may last longer. If symptoms persist for over 7 days or other reactions occur please contact the clinic immediately all contact numbers are below and we are always available.
Bruising is a common and expected side effect with any dermal filler treatment. It will not effect your end result. Please plan your treatments accordingly (NOT 2 DAYS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING)
Bruising is unfortunate and although can sometimes be due to poor technique it is often just due to the use of a needle/cannula and a predisposition to bleeding and/or BAD LUCK!
In order to reduce bruising it is important to adhere to the aftercare regime. Please avoid any medications containing NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E and ginseng for the week prior and week following a treatment unless medically necessary, in cases where the use of these medicines is for treatments please discuss with your GP prior to stopping any treatment.
IMMEDIATE after care – What to do at home
Apply a cool compress to the treatment area (do not apply ice directly to the skin) for 10 minutes every half an hour on the day of treatment.
Avoid any heat inducing activities for 24 hours such as strenuous exercise, spas, saunas and hot showers.
Avoid pressure on the area for the first 48 hours (sleep on your back if possible, no face down massages).
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours (However got those wanting the best results from their fillers we recommend that clients abstain from alcohol for 7 days prior and 7 days post treatment for optimal results….eishh who said beauty was easy).
Avoid active cosmeceutical products (AHAs, retinols, vitamin C) and oil based makeup for 24 hours.
Use a topical treatment to soothe and calm the skin such as Bepanthen or Arnica cream. Use this three times/day for the next 7 days.
Avoid facials, waxing, chemical peels, skin needling, microdermabrasion, IPL or laser treatments for 2 weeks after treatment. Please discuss your future treatment plans with any of our consultants if you are uncertain.
Do not massage the treatment area unless instructed to do so.
TREATMENT FOLLOW UP
A top-up treatment within 3-4 weeks of the initial dermal filler treatment may be necessary to achieve optimal correction and results. Although results from dermal fillers are immediate the end result is not really evident until this time as the filler ‘integrates’ into the skin. It can also take this long for swelling to settle so it is important to wait until this time for the dermal filler to settle.
There can also be asymmetries prior to this time (due to irregular swelling) too so don’t panic and trust in the process (and trust our hands). Dermal filler products are long lasting but not permanent. Longevity depends on the type of filler used, its indication, compliance with aftercare and individual factors such as metabolism.
RESULTS ARE INDIVIDUAL AND IT MAY TAKE A FEW TREATMENTS FOR YOUR DESIRED RESULTS. REGULAR REVIEW IS IMPORTANT.
We hope this information is helpful. As usual please email if you have any other questions.
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