Things To Avoid Before Getting Dermal Fillers

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If you are seeking ways to smooth out your facial wrinkles and lines while adding fullness and plumpness to your face, consider dermal fillers. They are commonly used for those who have experienced facial volume loss as a result of aging, poor collagen function, or genetics. While dermal filler injections are considered very safe, there are some things you should avoid prior to your treatments to ensure that you will be more satisfied with your results. Here are some things to avoid before getting your dermal fillers:


If your physician has prescribed blood thinners such as warfarin to lower your risk for stroke, blood clots, or a heart attack, then you may be at risk for prolonged bleeding after your filler injections. In addition to prescription anticoagulants, aspirin can also decrease platelet aggregation, and because of this, you may be more likely to experience heavy bleeding after your dermal fillers.

It may be recommended that you stop taking your anticoagulants a week or so before getting your dermal infections; however, you will need to check with the prescribing physician first. Stopping anticoagulant medication abruptly may heighten your risk for thrombus formation, a cerebral vascular event, or a heart attack.

Dietary Supplements

Many people take dietary supplements to help reduce cholesterol, enhance cardiovascular function, lower blood pressure, and promote sleep. While most supplements are considered safe when taken as directed, they can cause the same side effects as many prescription medications. For example, garlic and fish oil supplements may have the same effects on your blood platelets as prescription anticoagulants and aspirin.

In addition, supplements used to manage anxiety and insomnia such as valerian root may cause blood pressure problems and an abnormal heart rate. Vitamin E is a common dietary supplement that many people take to improve the appearance of their skin and to reduce muscle cramps. While vitamin E is an essential nutrient, it can also cause abnormal bleeding after cosmetic procedures.

Your doctor may recommend that you stop taking dietary supplements one week prior to your dermal injection treatments so that you do not experience any abnormal bleeding, heart irregularities, or blood pressure problems. 

Depilatory Or Bleaching Products

If you routinely wax or tweeze your facial area or use bleaching or depilatory products on your face, you will need to avoid these for a few days prior to getting your fillers. Waxing, depilatory products, tweezing, and bleaching irritate the top layer of your skin, making it overly sensitive. If your skin is already irritated on the day you are to get your fillers, you may experience an increase in redness, itching, discomfort, and sensitivity.

It may also take longer for your filled areas to heal if your skin has been damaged by bleaching and waxing products, or excessive tweezing. While it is unlikely that you would experience problems even if you did use the aforementioned products or tweezed your facial hair prior to getting your dermal fillers, it is best to begin with non-irritated skin. 

Cigarette Smoking

If possible, refrain from cigarette smoking for a day or so prior to your cosmetic procedure. The noxious chemicals in cigarette smoke can damage the small capillaries of your skin, leading to diminished circulation.

Smoking may also delay healing after your fillers and may also cause an increase in bruising, redness, and sensitivity. Smoking cigarettes prior to your filler injections may also raise your anxiety level since smoking can accelerate both your heart and respiratory rates. It is always better to be in a calm state of mind and body prior to any surgical, dental, or cosmetic procedure. 

If you are getting dermal fillers, consider avoiding the aforementioned things. By doing so, you will reduce your risk for any potential complications, such as excessive bleeding, irritation, and redness, and internal problems, such as heart and blood pressure irregularities and increased anxiety.


10 June 2019

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