• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG
dermal-fillers

You are done with your dermal filler procedure? Now, what’s next? What will happen? How long will this last? These are only a few common question you may ask after you got your dermal filler injection.

Read below to know what to expect right after the treatment and what happens during healing.

After the Dermal Filler Procedure

After the procedure, expect to have slight bruises and mild pain on the punctured marks for a few days. The pain should diminish after a few days but you can take pain relievers if you feel uncomfortable.

The best way to minimize the pain is to try not to move the face but not talking too much, twisting your face or straining your eyes as the muscles are still weak and the injected area will only further aggravate the pain.

Simply wash your face with soft luke warm flannel as warm application increases healing process by speeding up blood flow. This will also keep your skin fresh and moisturized. The longest duration you’ll experience pain is up to a week or in rare cases, up to two weeks.

Take note that the improvements on your face – the wrinkle-free face; softer, smoother skin and the overall sense of youth won’t last forever. Dermal filler usually last up to 6 to 9 months and thereafter, you will need a follow-up injection to maintain the look.

Healing Process with Dermal Filler

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After getting the procedure, you will directly notice and feel a more toned, less wrinkled skin. This will become more pronounced in the next 24 hours after the procedure.

After eight hours following the procedure, you will notice your skin tightening, with wrinkles filling in. Also, be ready as your skin will start to have mild swelling, with slight bruises and redness, especially in the areas that were treated. But don’t worry, as these will pass after a few days.

The dermal filler treatment can last between 6 to 9 months, without the need to use any products to lengthen its potency or effect or protect the treatment. Of course, the effect will still depend on the patient’s skin, the type of dermal filler used and the competence of the cosmetic surgeon or aesthetic specialist.

After 6 to 12 months, the effect of the filler will weaken until your skin goes back to its pre-treatment appearance. The reason why it diminishes is because the skin is not designed to hold the filler substance or collagen under the skin once natural collagen degrades.

How Long Can I Have the Filler Treatment Again?

The dermal filler treatment can be administered any time the effect of the previous treatment has degraded. On average, you will get once every nine to 12 months. Your aesthetic practitioner can inform you when you can go back for re-treatment.

It is important to consider if you need more treatment as this situation can fall into a routine – a cycle of getting the procedure every nine months because this can lead to an undesirable wear and tear on your skin.