5 Steps to Help You Prepare Yourself for Dermal Fillers
If you’re a fan of cosmetic surgery, then chances are you’ve heard of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can be used to correct wrinkles and folds in the face, but they’re also popular with people who simply want to look younger.
However, there is a lot of misinformation about dermal fillers out there, plus, there’s always some anxiety associated with getting any kind of cosmetic procedure done for the first time. So we thought it would be helpful to outline five steps that will help prepare you for this kind of surgery:
- Have a consultation with your cosmetic doctor
The first step in preparing for dermal fillers is to have a consultation with your cosmetic doctor. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss your treatment options, assess your skin and medical history, and discuss your expectations and any risks or side effects.
- Wait a certain amount of time before you can have the procedure
After the appointment, you will need to wait a certain amount of time before you can have the procedure. This is because dermal fillers are injected into your skin, and your body will naturally produce collagen over time. The thickness and volume of dermal fillers are dependent on how much time has passed since they were last administered. Most doctors will tell patients how long they should wait before scheduling another treatment; if you’re unsure what this means for you, ask.
- You may need numbing cream for the procedure itself
If you’re having dermal fillers injected at the same time as your Botox, your doctor will likely use a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area. However, not all doctors do this, and some only use numbing cream for certain patients. If you are getting any kind of facial injections on top of your Botox treatment, ask about whether or not you will need to apply topical anesthesia before having them done.
- Thoroughly exfoliate and cleanse your skin before having dermal filler injections
It’s important to thoroughly exfoliate and cleanse your skin before having dermal filler injections. This will help the doctor see the underlying structure of your skin, making it easier for them to determine where they should place the filler injections.
- Exfoliate: Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser on dry skin once or twice a week (or as needed). Follow up with a hydrating toner that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid to help remove dead cells from pores and reduce acne-causing bacteria.
- Cleanse: Use gentle cleanser morning and night to control excess oil production in combination with an astringent lotion if necessary.
- Stay out of the sun for several weeks after undergoing the procedure
- You should not tan or use a tanning bed for at least one month following your treatment, as this can cause your results to fade prematurely, resulting in an uneven look and a poor result overall.
- If you must go outside during this time, use sunscreen and wear hats as needed to protect yourself from UV exposure (UV damage is still possible even if it’s cloudy).
Many people are nervous about having dermal fillers
One of the most important steps you can take to prepare yourself for dermal fillers is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic doctor. During this consultation, they will discuss what type of results you want and how they can help achieve them. They will also ask about any medical conditions that may make getting fillers unsafe for you, so be sure to let them know if there’s anything in your medical history that might affect their decision-making process.
We hope that this article has helped you understand what to expect when preparing for dermal fillers. The most important thing is to be prepared and know that there are many different options available for you.