Recovery After Cosmetic Injectable Treatment

Discomfort is Minimal and Short-Lived

  • BOTOX® and Dysport™ injections no discomfort or downtime from your usual activities.
  • Dermal fillers contain a numbing agent (lidocaine) which takes effect immediately upon injection. You may feel related residual numbness for up to 1-3 hours afterward.
  • Temporary swelling and/or slight bruising are common side effects with tissue filler treatments. Itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the injection site are other possible side effects that all should subside within 24-48 hours.

Tips to Minimize Temporary Bruising

Bruising is typically the biggest concern following injectable treatments, particularly in the under-eye hollows. Bruising in this area is more common, more pronounced, and longer-lasting than anywhere else. It could realistically take 7-14 days to completely diminish in this area.

Tips to alleviate bruising:

  • Apply cold compresses for the first 24-48 hours after treatment.
  • Do not use aspirin, aspirin-related products, or omega-3 fatty acid supplements for 2 weeks following your treatment. Also, avoid higher doses of Vitamin E.
  • Take Arnica and/or apply it topically immediately following treatment and continuing until bruising is resolved. Arnica is a natural homeopathic remedy for reducing pain, swelling, and bruise discoloration.
  • Use makeup concealers to cover any bruising or discoloration. Darker bruises may require a neutralizing method followed by a foundation concealer.

Additional Recovery Tips

  • Do not apply makeup or creams for at least 6 hours following treatment with dermal fillers  if your skin is sensitive or easily irritated.
  • Do not expose the treatment areas to extreme heat (i.e., tanning beds or sauna) for at least 2 weeks, as this may affect dermal filler product durability.
  • Do gently massage the filler treatment areas for up to 2 weeks, if needed, to avoid unevenness.

Touch-Up is Complimentary

On the rare occasion that you require a touch-up after your initial treatment, Dr. Macdonald provides this service at no charge. Patients must first wait 5-7 days post-treatment to allow for full realization of BOTOX® or Dysport™ muscle-neutralizing effect.

If you still notice a slight asymmetry between the right and left sides of your face or any other irregularity in your result, then call us to schedule a follow-up.

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Michael Macdonald, M.D.
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San Francisco, CA 94102