What to Expect Before, During, and After Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers are becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure among individuals looking to rejuvenate their appearance. These non-surgical treatments involve injecting a substance, often hyaluronic acid (HA), to restore volume to the face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin folds.

However, the idea of undergoing a cosmetic procedure can be daunting, leaving many wondering what to expect before, during, and after dermal fillers.

In this blog post, we will explore the key factors to consider and answer some of the most common questions surrounding this treatment. Let’s get into it!

Before the Procedure

Before undergoing dermal fillers, it is important to understand the process and prepare accordingly. Here are some key considerations:

  • Consultation: Schedule a consultation with a qualified professional to discuss your desired outcome and determine if dermal fillers are right for you.
  • Medical history: Review your medical history with the practitioner, including any current medications or health conditions that could affect the treatment.
  • Substance avoidance: Avoid certain substances, such as blood thinners and alcohol, for several days prior to the procedure to minimize the risk of bruising and bleeding.
  • Preparation: Arrive at the appointment with a clean face, free of makeup or lotions. The practitioner may apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area to reduce discomfort during the procedure.

By taking these steps, you can help ensure a successful and safe dermal filler treatment. Keep in mind that individual experiences may vary, so it is important to follow the practitioner’s specific instructions for your unique situation.

During the Procedure

During the dermal filler procedure, the practitioner will inject the filler substance, often hyaluronic acid (HA), into the targeted areas of the face to restore volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin folds. Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

  • Explanation: The practitioner will explain the process and what to expect during the procedure, including any potential discomfort.
  • Injection: Using a fine needle, the practitioner will carefully inject the filler substance into the treatment area.
  • Pain management: Some discomfort may be felt during the injection, but the practitioner may offer pain management options such as a topical anesthetic or ice to reduce any discomfort.
  • Duration: The procedure typically takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.

It is important to follow the practitioner’s instructions during the procedure to ensure the best possible results. Some individuals may experience slight swelling or bruising after the injection, but these side effects usually subside within a few days.

After the Procedure

After receiving dermal fillers, it is important to take care of the treatment area to maximize the results and minimize any potential side effects. Here are some important considerations:

  • Avoid touching the treatment area for several hours after the procedure.
  • Apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling or bruising.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise or activities that could increase blood flow to the treatment area for 24-48 hours.
  • Avoid saunas, hot tubs, and other high-heat environments for 48 hours.
  • Follow up with the practitioner as recommended to monitor results and address any concerns.

Individual experiences may vary, but most individuals can expect to see the full results of their dermal filler treatment within 2-4 weeks. In the meantime, it is important to maintain a healthy skincare routine and protect the skin from sun exposure to maximize the longevity of the results.


Dermal fillers can be an effective and minimally invasive way to restore volume, wrinkles, and skin folds. By following the recommendations of your practitioner and taking proper care of your skin, you can maximize the results of your dermal filler treatment.

If you are interested in dermal fillers, we encourage you to consult with a licensed and experienced practitioner to discuss your options and ensure a safe and effective treatment.

Contact Key Wellness today at 218-692-5397 to schedule a consultation at our Crosslake, MN office and discover how dermal fillers can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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