How Do You Keep Swelling Down After Injectable Fillers?

One of the best reasons to go for facial filler injections - or just dermal filler in general - is that it's one of the cosmetic procedures that don't require extensive downtime. Compared to facial surgery or cosmetic surgery, dermal filler complications are mild to non-existent! You only need a couple of days for the side effects of your treatment to resolve, and these bodily reactions like swelling can easily be managed at home.

So how do you keep down any swelling you get from your injectable treatment? The first thing you need to keep in mind is that not everyone experiences swelling the same way - for example, swelling after lip fillers tend to be worse than the ones injected on your cheek. But to keep swelling down, simple first-aid on the injection sites (and maybe taking it a little bit easy on your normal activities) is enough.

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Why You Experience Swelling After Injectable Fillers

While swelling is one of the most common side effects of injectable fillers, it can catch people off guard. It's a side effect that's most obvious during your initial treatment because your body is still adapting to the new compounds in the body. Fortunately, since the ingredients used in dermal fillers are biocompatible with your body, patients don't usually experience anything more serious than inflammatory reactions.

Long-time users or people who get permanent filler don't even experience any side effects at all, but it does take a while for the body to get to that state. For everyone else, some mild swelling and tenderness aren't unusual to experience - and it's something that goes away fairly quickly.

But what exactly causes swelling to begin with? There are two common reasons why they happen:

  • It's your body's reaction to the needlepoint injection
  • You have an allergic reaction to something in the injection

In both cases, the swelling is relatively mild and can be treated easily at your provider or at home. However, most people don't even experience many of these side effects!

How To Keep Swelling Down After Injectable Filler

But what if you do find yourself worrying about a bit of swelling after a dermal filler injection? Fortunately, it's not anything to be too alarmed about. Here are things that you can do to help with the swelling from dermal filler injections:

Stay Hydrated

While dermal fillers don't go into any blood vessels and generally don't interfere with blood flow, the actual needlepoint injection is what your body reacts to when you get injectable fillers. So to counteract this trauma, most experts advise that you keep yourself as well-hydrated as possible.

Hydrated skin has plenty of benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Increased wound healing
  • Better resilience against adverse reactions
  • Can better protect the soft tissue
  • Recovers from tissue trauma faster
  • Can help with long-and short-term pain relief

Keeping your skin hydrated means that any swelling that you get because of injectable filler injection is less likely to stick around, as your blood supply will ensure that the proper nutrients reach the injection area to help with the swelling.

Drinking plenty of water isn't the only way to keep your skin hydrated: you can also use serums and other topical applications to add moisture to your skin. Combining different sources of hydration can help boost your body's response to the initial swelling, and may even prevent severe swelling altogether.

Cold Compress Therapy

Putting ice on swelling has been a long-standing first-aid remedy for many athletes, but an ice pack also works quite well for swelling after injectable fillers. Ice works by constricting the blood vessels around the area of your injection, which causes less blood to flow through. This makes any swelling you experience rapidly go down, with the additional benefit of shortening your recovery time.

However, you can't just put ice on your swelling and expect it to go down immediately. Experts recommend that you keep the following in mind when you ice your swelling:

  • Only ice for about 10 minutes at a time
  • Buy a proper ice pack - homemade ones will still work but will be less effective
  • Ensure that there's a layer of protection between the ice and your skin to prevent frostbite

If you're not sure about whether or not your swelling needs icing, you can consult your provider about the best possible way to use your ice packs to prevent or mitigate swelling.

Avoiding Strenuous Exercise

One of the huge draws of using injectable filler compared to other cosmetic treatments is that it doesn't require a lot of post-procedure aftercare, and patients can resume their normal activities fairly soon after their treatment sessions. However, most experts strongly advise against doing strenuous activities or exercise soon after injectable filler treatment.

These activities increase your heart rate, which causes your blood to flow faster around your body. This makes any inflammation much more prominent and can lead to minor swelling that lasts for a long time. Some tips to follow include:

  • Keeping your head elevated to make sure that the blood flows down and doesn't pool around the swelling site
  • At least a day of bed rest, with minor physical tasks
  • No pinching, moving or applying pressure to the areas with filler

Keep in mind that each patient will have different reactions and different recovery times to each injectable filler treatment. Most patients report that the process becomes easier the more treatments that they get, so you should consult with your provider about your potential outlook after your injectable fillers are done.

When To See A Doctor

So that's all well and good for minor cases of swelling, but when should you see a professional for swelling issues? If your swelling is accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Extensive pain
  • Bruising and skin discoloration
  • Tenderness and redness around the injection site
  • Sudden fatigue

Then it may be a symptom that your body is reacting negatively to something in your injection, or that the injectable filler has migrated to a place where it isn't supposed to go. Fortunately, the outlook on these rare situations is always good, provided that you see a medical professional immediately. Except for some types of dermal filler, most fillers can be dissolved or waited out until your body processes them.

If you want to avoid any of these complications altogether, the best thing to do would be to find a provider who's experienced in using dermal fillers in injectable treatments. This not only guarantees you'll get a better result, but you'll have the help and support required to take care of any post-procedure aftereffects like swelling.

Learn More: The Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Dermal Filler Treatment And Other Skin Rejuvenation Solutions With Aesthetica MI

woman receiving an injection of dermal fillers in her face by a professional medical doctor

Dermal filler treatments don't really leave a lot of side effects that you need to be worried about. But for those who find a bit of swelling a little too much to handle, there are easy ways for you to get rid of it. Just remember that if you do experience anything more serious like pain, bleeding, or prolonged swelling, see a medical professional immediately.

Aesthetica MI helps our patients achieve the best version of themselves by offering effective, non-invasive, and long-term skin treatments. We take pride in our state-of-the-art facilities, which allow us to help you with any type of dermal filler injection, from lip filler treatments to any post-filler swelling you may experience. To know more about us and our treatments and services, contact us for a consultation today.

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