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Follow these recommendations to prepare for your dermal filler injection and for your aftercare

Filler Before and Aftercare

Pre-treatment Recommendations


Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications, if possible for a period of 1 week before treatment. Medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Naprosyn, and other NSAIDS have a blood thinning effect and can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.  Celebrex, Meloxicam, and Tylenol can be taken up until the day of your treatment as they do not increase the risk of bleeding.  Let us know if you are on any other blood thinners like Vitamin K antagonists (coumarin anticoagulants), Low molecular weight heparins (LMWH), Direct thrombin inhibitors, or Factor Xa Inhibitors

​Stay away from cigarettes and alcohol for 2 days prior to your procedure to decrease the risk of bruising.


Ideally schedule your Filler appointment at least 2 weeks prior to a special event which you may be attending, such as a wedding or vacation. Settling of the Filler will take a few weeks, also bruising may be apparent in that time period.


If you are getting lip filler and have a history of cold sores on your lips please let us know, you will need to take an anti-viral medication prior to and after treatment.


Aftercare Instructions


Avoid strenuous exercise for 1 week after filler to allow it to settle in place.


It may take a few weeks for swelling and bumps to even out for the final result of the filler.  If a bump on your lip or elsewhere bothers you, you can gently massage the bump each day for it to go down.  If it doesn’t go away please make a follow appt with Dr Kathy Schaefer to evaluate what can be done, either more filler or reversal of the filler.


You can use topical Arnica to help the bruising, which is available over the counter at any drug store.  An ice pack wrapped in a towel can also be applied for 20 minutes at a time. 

If you develop any unusual symptoms please don't hesitate to call us.

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