In the days leading up to your lip filler treatment, it’s normal to have questions. So how should you prepare, and what can you expect?
While you won’t need to do much to prepare for your lip filler treatment, there are a few tips you can follow to help prevent swelling and bruising before your treatment.
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What Can I Do to Prepare for My Lip Filler Treatment?
Avoid Blood-Thinning Medications
Medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin thin your blood so they should be avoided a few days before your treatment. If you take any fish oil supplements or vitamin E, you should also stop taking them at least two or three days before your procedure.
Taking these medications or supplements can lead to excessive bleeding during and after your treatment. To make the process as smooth as possible, take the extra step to avoid taking these.
Avoid Alcohol the Night Before
Alcohol also is a blood thinner, so you should not drink the night before your treatment. If possible, try not to drink the two nights before your procedure, just to be extra safe.
Drinking alcohol right before your procedure can lead to excessive bleeding, but it can also worsen swelling and bruising.
Avoid Using Hair Removal Treatments on the Area
While you may be tempted to wax, shave, or use depilatory cream on the area around where your treatment will take place, avoid doing so. This can make the area especially sensitive to the treatment and result in more pain than necessary or adverse effects.
If you know you’ll want to treat the area soon, do so more than 48 hours before your procedure—the more time between removing hair from the area and your treatment, the better.
If you’re prone to bruising, taking an arnica supplement in the two days leading up to your treatment can significantly reduce bruising. Eating fresh pineapple can also help reduce bruising as it contains bromelain. It’s crucial to avoid any anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medications which is why eating pineapple is recommended.
Inform Your Doctor of Any Infections
If you notice any type of cold sore forming a few days before your appointment, it’s best to call and reschedule your appointment. It’s not worth the risk if you already have an infection within or near the treatment area, so call your doctor and inform them that you’ll have to reschedule.
Your first lip filler treatment will probably be both exciting and nerve-wracking. If you like to prepare ahead of time to feel more relaxed, just follow the tips above and your appointment will go smoothly. Of course, if you have any additional concerns, don’t be afraid to reach out to us before your appointment date.
Brittany Lane White, a board-certified family nurse practitioner from Lakeland, Florida, holds a nursing degree from Florida State University. With six years of experience in medical and trauma/surgical ICU in Tampa, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Tampa. Her passion for aesthetic medicine grew during her master’s training. In Los Angeles, she completed clinical and injection specialist training at a top 25 Allergan account. Brittany focuses on a natural approach to facial aesthetics, emphasizing confidence and refreshment, not an artificial appearance. Beyond work, she enjoys spinning, travel, reading, and beach weekends with her husband, Brian, and two children, Georgina (Georgie) and Westley.