A continuation of yesterday’s Do’s post! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Do not drink alcohol at least 24 hours prior to any injections and 24 hours afterwards as this hugely increases the risk of bruising.
- Avoid taking any blood thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen or any herbal pills. Please make sure that you consult a medical professional before stopping any medications.
- Don’t do heavy exercise, extreme heat (such as saunas, very hot showers, sun beds) for 48 hours
- Don’t touch the areas of injections for the next few hours, this includes applying make up, as tempting as it is. This will minimise the risk of infection. Hands and makeup are dirty and you could contaminate the piercings in the skin (small open wounds)
- Don’t have any dental treatment (dental examinations are fine) 2 weeks prior to any facial aesthetic injections. Studies have shown this minimises the risk of infection.
- Don’t massage the lips unless your practitioner has advised you to do so. Fillers are placed in precise locations to create the look and definition. If you massage the lips, this could displace the filler and therefore change the end result. If you have any lumps then contact your practitioner who can then guide you.
- Don’t shy away from contacting your practitioner if you have any worries, concerns or queries. We’re here to make you feel comfortable with all aspects of treatment.
I thought I would write up a few Do’s when it comes to facial aesthetic injections, particularly lips as it’s the most popular treatment. This will hopefully allow anyone due to have treatment, get the best chance of healing and recovery. Don’ts will be available in a separate blog post tomorrow!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .
- Take arnica tablets at least 2 days before, preferably for 1 week before, your treatment and for 1 week after. Take 2 tablets, 3 times per day. Before taking arnica tablets, please make sure that this does not interfere with any medications or pills you may already be taking.
- Put ice on immediately after fillers for 5-10 mins. And then for 5-10 mins every 30-60 mins for the next 24 hours where possible. This will help reduce swelling. During the swelling, our body produces certain factors which will actually break down the filler, so for the best results, we want to minimise the swelling.
- Stay hydrated with water, and I mean normal water. Do not think you are getting water with tea or coffee as they contain caffeine which doesn’t work in our favour. We need at least 2-2.5 litres per day my lovelies! Not only is it good for your overall health, it’s also great for lips, as it keeps them nice and plump. (The fillers attract/like water).
- Sleep propped up, on the same night and night after you get treatment. This will help reduce the swelling the following morning
- Keep lips moisturised with a good, preferably perfume free, lip balm or moisturiser. I personally use coconut oil on my lips at night time after gentle exfoliation for 1 minute. I find this really helps.
- The most important DO – Make sure you are going to a fully trained, qualified and insured practitioner. Ask any and as many questions as you need to, before treatment. Make sure you read consent forms to know all of the potential risks involved and how your practitioner can help reduce these risks.
- Contact your practitioner if you have any concerns. They should be easily accessible to you, and in the majority of situations, be able to deal with your issues if any, directly.
- Expect post operative discomfort, swelling and bruising and plan your social/work diary accordingly.
- Apply Vitamin K cream to soothe redness and bruising.