Inflammation and swelling are common side effects of facial fillers.
Injecting dermal fillers into the skin is likely to cause swelling. However, It is important to know that most of the time the swelling is nothing more than a typical side effect of injecting. It can occur immediately after injection and last for upto two weeks.
Swelling is a natural body reaction however some people are more prone to swell than others. Contributing factors that decrease the chance of swelling are the pace and place at which injector occurs , anti-swelling measures such as ice during and after injection, taking arnica tablet before and after injection.
What to expect:
If you are experiencing swelling after treatment take preventive measures to keep the swelling at minimum. If the swelling persists or causes unusual discomfort get in touch with your provider.
How to reduce swelling
Apply ice right away . Icing helps reduce inflammation. Plan to apply cold compress right after injection or when you arrive home after treatment. Apply ice compress for 24 hours after injection and from day two switch to warm compress.
Arnica is a natural herb which helps to reduce inflammation. You can apply ointment topically or take it orally.
Keep your head elevated to allow gravity to reduce swelling
Take fresh fruits and vegetables
Rest and avoid heavy activity
Avoid excessive salt and spicy food
Avoid blood thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen
Not all swelling is Equal
Please see your provider if:
Pain lasts longer than a week after treatment
Swelling and inflammation last longer than a month after treatment
Excessive or intolerable pain