Do NOT consume alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment (alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising)
Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications, if possible for a period of 7 days before treatment ONLY if you do not require them for a medical condition. Ask your primary care provider or specialist if you can discontinue any medications before doing so. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish Oil supplements, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), Aleeve and other NSAIDS have a blood thinning effect and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.
Schedule your Dermal Filler and Botox appointment at least 2 weeks prior to any special events you may be attending, such as a wedding or a vacation. Final results from the dermal filler and Botox injections will take approximately 4 to 7 days to appear. Also, bruising and swelling may be apparent in that time period.
Discontinue Retin-A 2 days before and 2 days after treatment.
Reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance if you have a rash, cold sore or blemish on the area, or if you are ill with an upper respiratory condition such as the flu, or are taking antibiotics for an acute infection.
If you have a history of cold sores please let us know. The practitioner may prescribe you an anti-viral medication prior to treatment for prevention.
Be sure to have a good breakfast before your procedure. This will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment, which happens rarely to some.
You are not a candidate if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
People who bruise easily may wish to take "Arnica" tablets for 3 days prior to your appointment, continuing the tablets for another few days after getting your fillers (until any bruising that may occur is gone). Arnica is a homeopathic treatment used to prevent and/or reduce the severity of bruising and is available for purchase over-the-counter or at our office. Eating fresh pineapple is also a good idea; pineapple contains a photo-ingredient called bromelian, which has also been shown to decrease swelling for procedures.
Dermal fillers are performed using precise injections into the areas of the face that require treatment. Usually treatments are not painful and require no anesthesia besides the lidocaine found in most of the fillers already.. However, depending on your preferences and the area of treatment, we may apply a topical numbing cream, use topical ice, and in rare cases perform a dental block if more significant anesthesia is required. We want you to be comfortable!
If you plan to return to work or another activity straight from our clinic, you may wish to bring some makeup with you in case the injections leave any pinkness or redness on your skin. You can return to your normal routine immediately following your appointment as long as it isn’t physically strenuous.