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Instructions after hyaluronic acid fillers: What to watch out for

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Hyaluronic acid fillers have become one of the most popular minimally invasive treatments for improving various areas of the face and body. Known for their ability to smooth wrinkles, enhance volume and improve any imperfections or asymmetries, hyaluronic acid fillers offer dramatic rejuvenation with immediate results. However, to ensure the improved duration and effectiveness of these impressive results, it is vital that you strictly follow the instructions provided after the hyaluronic acid fillers. That is why the Plastic Surgeon in Athens, Dr. Maria Skolarikou, presents you with the most effective tips and aftercare practices that will help you achieve and maintain optimal results while avoiding any side effects.

How do hyaluronic acid fillers work & where are they applied?

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin and is a key ingredient with the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. When hyaluronic acid fillers are injected into the skin, the material instantly binds to water, ultimately leading to a naturally renewed and firm appearance of the skin. The aim of the treatment is to restore the lost volume and firmness of the skin, soften lines and wrinkles and enhance the contour of the face. It is applied with impressive results all over the face, in areas such as the cheekbones, under the eyes, the forehead, the lines around the mouth, the lips, the lower jaw and also in areas of the rest of the body that show loss of volume or imperfections. Regardless of the area of ​​application of the material, proper aftercare is vital to maximize the benefits and duration of treatment. Therefore, the instructions after injectable hyaluronic acid fillers should be strictly followed.

Instructions for the first 24 hours after hyaluronic acid fillers

First, the most important instruction right after the injection procedure is to avoid touching the treated area. Immediately after the procedure, it is necessary to avoid touching, pressing or massaging the area where the material has been injected. This helps prevent the material from moving out of place and reduces the risk of contamination. Also, make sure the treated area is clean to avoid any potential infection. If your hands are not clean, avoid touching your face. For the first 24-48 hours, it is also important to avoid vigorous exercise or activities that cause extensive strain. Such activities increase blood flow, potentially causing the material to move from the area originally injected. In addition, increased blood pressure and rapid pulses can worsen any edema or bruising. Finally, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic substance, meaning it attracts and retains water, which helps to enhance treatment results.

Instructions for the first week after the hyaluronic acid fillers

In the first week, it is important to follow the instructions below after hyaluronic acid fillers. First, avoid saunas, hot tubs, and prolonged sun exposure, as heat can increase swelling and redness in the injection area. Also, try to sleep on your back with your head up on pillows for the first few nights to minimize swelling and prevent accidental pressure that can help dislodge the material. For at least 24-48 hours after the procedure, avoid alcohol and blood-thinning medications. Use mild, non-irritating skin care products and avoid vigorous facial scrubbing. Keep in mind that redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness are likely to occur, which usually subside within a few days.

How to maintain and improve treatment results

Beyond the first week, long-term care is a key aspect in maintaining and improving the results of injectable hyaluronic acid. First, it is important not to miss follow-up appointments with your doctor, as it is during these appointments that results are assessed and necessary adjustments are made. An important part in maintaining and prolonging the effect of the treatment is its systematic repetition according to the doctor’s instructions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding smoking at the same time support overall skin health and help prolong the effects of injectable hyaluronic acid. At the same time, consistent use of sunscreen is vital. Sun exposure can break down the hyaluronic acid faster, shortening the duration of the treatment. In addition to sunscreen, it’s important to include quality skin care products in your routine. The combination of injectable treatments with the application of advanced care products such as the pharmaceutical cosmetics of big brands such as Skinceuticals, Murad and Heliocare which you will find in our clinic, not only prolongs but also improves the results!

Possible side effects and how to deal with them

While hyaluronic acid fillers are generally safe, side effects can occur. Rarely, swelling and bruising may occur in the areas of application and, more rarely, an allergic reaction to the material or a headache. For your safety, it is very important to trust the hands and experience of a qualified doctor such as a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. An expert will not only do it correctly but also deal with any complications.

Proper aftercare is vital to ensure optimal results from treatment with hyaluronic acid fillers. By following the instructions after fillers outlined above, you can minimize side effects, extend the longevity of the treatment, and maintain a natural, youthful appearance.