What to Expect After Skin Fillers

Certain physical changes are expected following collagen implants. Some individuals experience all of the following and others only some. The degree to which each person is affected is variable and unpredictable.

DIET- You can resume a normal diet immediately after treatment with Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm or Radiesse. After placement of fat, into the lips, it is best to avoid significant manipulation of the lips for 48 hours, so foods that require extensive chewing (for example steak, crusty breads) should be avoided. If the implants were placed under anesthesia, it is best to start with liquids (soup, juices, etc.) immediately after surgery. Once the anesthesia has worn off and your appetite returns, regular food is allowed.

DRESSINGS/SUTURES- Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm or Radiesse are injected through small needles into or under the skin. No incision, sutures or dressings are necessary. Fat is introduced through a small tube placed through a tiny (2-3 mm) incision, which is easily closed with a single suture. All sutures are removed 7 days after surgery.

ACTIVITY AFTER SURGERY- In order to allow your tissues to heal properly, we ask that you refrain from speaking, smiling or moving the lips for 2 hours after Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm or Radiesse injections, and 4-6 hours after placement of fat.

SWELLING- Swelling of tissues is expected and generally resolves by 2-4 hours after collagen injection. This represents the fluid in the injection being absorbed by the body, while the protein injected remains behind. Some patients treated with Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm or Radiesse may have mild fluctuating bruising and swelling for the first 24- 48 hours. Fat transfer patients typically experience 7- 10 days of post-operative swelling.

BRUISING- Make-up can be applied the morning following Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm or Radiesse injections to conceal any bruising. Application of an ice compress to the treated area for the first hour after injections (first 24- 36 hours for fat) will help minimize bruising.

NUMBNESS- A feeling of numbness in the treated area will occur and usually lasts for 1-3 hours after injection. This is due to the local anesthetic. Patients treated with fat will have numbness of the area typically for 2-3 weeks afterwards.