When you get your dermal filler treatment from Glow Aesthetic Center, you might see more plumpness in the treated area soon after your appointment. However, this is usually mostly minor swelling from the injections, and it is completely normal and safe. In reality, fillers take up to four weeks to “settle,” according to Healthline. Different types of fillers can settle more quickly, and your lifestyle and similar factors can also affect the amount of time it takes to settle. The good news is that your dermal fillers will continue to provide you with that fuller, more vibrant look for anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the kind of filler you receive.
Fillers are available to help treat loss of volume and plumpness, smooth out wrinkles, get rid of age lines and crow’s feet, and more. Areas that most clients seek dermal fillers for include:
- Under the eyes
- Backs of hands
- Sides of the mouth (the “laugh line” areas)
If you are tired of the wrinkles and age lines that come with age, the problem might be a loss of soft tissue volume below the skin. As we get older, hormonal changes in our bodies naturally decrease the production of important proteins like collagen and other compounds involved in retaining our skin’s plumpness, structure, and moisture retention. Dermal fillers can help you recapture the look of your youth.
Schedule a consultation with the staff at Glow Aesthetic Center today by calling (818) 905-8815. We are also available online via the contact form on our website.
Enjoying Your Results for Longer
Though it might take up to four weeks for your dermal fillers to achieve the desired results, those results can last a long time. For most hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, such as Juvéderm Ultra XC, you should schedule a touch-up session in about six months. For others that use active ingredients like Poly-L-lactic acid, your results can last up to two years. Regardless of the kind of filler you use, there are several ways to help boost your fillers’ longevity.
Water: it does a body good. It’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water after any treatment, as this can help your body with the recovery process. This is especially true when you use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, since HA helps you retain moisture in your skin.
Discuss Painkillers with Our Staff
You might experience minor discomfort at the filler injection sites. While some painkillers are safe to use, many common painkillers have blood-thinning properties that can interfere with your body’s ability to heal properly. They may also be dangerous if you take them during these filler treatments. These include:
- NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen
Taking the wrong kind of painkiller may affect your results and can cause complications, so it’s important to take notice of the active ingredient. In most cases, acetaminophen-based painkillers (like Tylenol) are the safest. Though, if you are a heavy drinker of alcohol, acetaminophen can also cause complications. Check with our medical staff before you leave regarding which painkillers you should use (if you even need any at all).
Protect Yourself from the Sun
The negative effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays on our skin have been extensively documented. In fact, even the Department of Health and Human Services has an official webpage on strategies to use to avoid the damage the sun’s rays can cause. Part of the cause of wrinkles, age lines, and other issues treated by fillers is the sun’s UV light, so it’s especially important to protect yourself from these rays after you get filler treatments. Some steps you can take include:
- Wear a wide-brimmed sun hat when going out.
- Slather yourself with 30 SPF sunscreen, at a minimum.
- Avoid outdoor activities during the brightest/hottest parts of the day.
Why Fillers Take a While to Settle
Different fillers work in different ways, but there are several common reasons why they can take time to settle into place and yield the consistent results you’re looking for. First on this list are the immediate aftereffects of your treatment.
Bruising and Swelling Recovery Time
You may experience some minor bruising and swelling around the site of your filler injections. This is totally normal, but it will take up to a week or so for the swelling to subside and for your skin to return to its new normal.
The Filler’s Work
Fillers usually consist of active ingredients suspended in gel. While the gel can provide some structure and plumpness underneath the top layers of your skin, the real work is done over time by the active ingredients. It can take a few weeks for these ingredients to break down and integrate themselves into your skin’s infrastructure. For example, hyaluronic acid fillers take some time to bind to the water molecules in your skin. Once they do, however, they will plumpen the injected area significantly, leaving you with the results you wanted.
Contact Glow Aesthetic Center for Your Filler Treatment
Everyone deserves to look as young, vibrant, and healthy as they feel. At Glow Aesthetic Center, we make those dreams happen by offering dermal fillers for a variety of body areas. If you have sagging skin, deep facial wrinkles, or just sense a drop in volume in your lips or butt, our dermal filler services can be just what the doctor ordered — literally! Led by Dr. Homan Siman, our staff has years of experience helping clients recapture their confidence and truly glow from the inside out.
Schedule your filler treatment by calling our office at (818) 905-8815 or filling out our online contact form. We look forward to restoring your natural glow!