Our skin experts at Koha Skin Clinic in Berkhamsted are always ready to answer questions and give advice on all aspects of their treatments and one common question is about swelling after fillers. Here is a quick overview on fillers and what to expect after you have had a treatment.

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Fillers are used in many areas of the face, including the cheeks, lips, jawline, and tear trough. They can also be used to soften fine lines and wrinkles. If you’ve never had fillers before, you might be a bit concerned about post-filler swelling. Don’t worry – a bit of swelling or bruising is a normal part of the process.

What causes swelling and bruising?

Dermal fillers cause swelling and bruising because the injection process causes minor trauma to the area. Swelling is just the body’s natural response to this trauma as the area heals. It is normal to experience some swelling after dermal fillers, but the amount can vary from person to person.

What should I expect after treatment?

You may find that chin, temple and cheek fillers are less likely to cause swelling. This is because the filler is placed deeper or above bone or cartilage, and the swelling is therefore somewhat hidden. You may still see a bit of swelling and bruising, but it shouldn’t be too pronounced.

Lip fillers, on the other hand, are much more likely to cause some level of swelling, because lip tissue is fairly delicate. Don’t be alarmed if your lips look slightly fuller than you expected directly after treatment. By day three, the swelling should be improved.

Swelling will reach its peak at around 24-72 hours after treatment, at which point, it will begin to gradually subside. Occasionally, swelling can last for 1-4 weeks, but this isn’t as common. Most people do see an improvement within 3 days. Remember, your practitioner will be trained to keep swelling down to a minimum, and by choosing a reputable clinic, you can help to ensure the smoothest experience possible.

Can I reduce swelling at home?

You can help to reduce swelling at home. Aspirin and ibuprofen can help reduce swelling and discomfort, and if you are experiencing bruising, arnica gel or cream can help to make this better,

It is recommended that you avoid alcohol or exercise for 48 hours after treatment. You should also try to avoid touching the area, even if it feels sore – massaging the area can make the filler appear less symmetrical, so it’s worth treating it with care and caution for a few days.

What if I have Concerns?

The experienced team at Koha Skin Clinic in Berkhamsted will give you complete information about aftercare at the time of your appointment and are always happy to answer questions if you have concerns after the treatment.

For a full consultation on how fillers or any other type of treatment can work for you then contact our team today.