What to do and not to do before your filler appointment

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

For those of us who aren't ready to dive into the world of cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers are a quick fix. While it's exciting to think about having voluptuous lips at your best friend's wedding, it's not a good idea to come in three days before the wedding to have it done. No matter how good the injector, no one can give you a 100% guarantee that you won't bruise. 

What you should do before your filler appointment:

  • Start taking an Arnica supplement at least a week before your scheduled filler appointment. 

Arnica Montana has been proven to help prevent bruising and injection sites. You can pick these up at your local Walgreens, Walmart, or at herbal stores. You can even continue using after your appointment to continue to help prevent bruising later. 

  • If you are prone to cold sores, take an antiviral a week before your filler appointment.

Dr. Chaudhary will prescribe something like Valtrex for you if you have a history of cold sores. A cold sore is a form of virus that lies dormant in our bodies. When your immune system is low due to injury or stress, they can flare-up. During your filler appointment, you will have slight needle trauma from the injections, which can cause a flare-up. If a flare-up were to happen, you could experience breakouts or even have an infection move to your filler. Trust us; you don't want to get beautiful new lips and have a cold sore breakout as an accessory.

What you should not do before your filler appointment:

  • Take Asprin, Advil and even fish oil one week before your scheduled appointment

It's essential to be mindful of taking blood thinners close to your filler appointment because blood thinners make it easier for a bruise to form. While we can't promise you won't bruise, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can! If you can, discontinue the use of blood-thinning medication a week before your filler appointment!

  • Come in four days before a big event

We cannot stress this enough, don't come in for filler right before a big event and risk having a massive bruise in all of your photographs! Even if you've had filler before and didn't bruise, don't push your luck. Always be mindful of your schedule and plan your filler appointments accordingly. We recommend coming in for filler at least two weeks before significant events.

  • Come in for your filler appointment on an empty stomach and dehydrated. 

As with any treatment, the possibility of fainting is a real one in our office. While it doesn't happen often, it does happen. Usually, when we have a patient faint in the office, it's not from the pain but because they dehydrated, and arrived on an empty stomach. Our advice is to arrive well fed and well hydrated. 

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