When it comes to adding youthful volume, smoothing lines and restoring thin lips, nothing compares to the power of dermal fillers. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), fillers were among the top 3 most popular noninvasive treatments performed in 2022 in the U.S.
We know what fillers can do for us, but what should we be doing—and not doing—to ensure the best possible results from our injections? We asked top dermatologists to outline some not-so-common things we should avoid after facial filler, and you might be surprised what made the list.
New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD notes that while there is no data surrounding these recommendations, “they are based on abundance of caution rather than scientific data.” That said, Dr. Day usually recommends that her patients wait one week before using a microcurrent tool.
Washington D.C. dermatologist Tina Alster, MD doesn’t recommend any actions or procedures involving intense manual massage of the injected areas for two weeks due to associated swelling and inflammation. This includes at-home radiofrequency and microcurrent devices.
Gua sha tools fall under Dr. Alster’s “intense manual massage” umbrella, so she cautions against it for two weeks post-filler and Dr. Day agrees. “I don’t know how much pressure patients will use and I want to give plenty of time for the filler to fully settle in the area before any facial manipulation,” she says.
On the more surprising end of things to avoid after facial filler, Dr. Day has her patients avoid wearing ski masks or swim goggles for at least one week to give filler time to fully settle.
Another one we wouldn’t have thought of—Dr. Alster is adamant here—is scheduling dental procedures too close to your filler appointment. This includes in-office cleanings and cavity fillings. “They should not be scheduled within 2 weeks of filler injections due to the bacteria that’s produced and the risk of infection.”
Depending on timing, you might want to reschedule your annual check-up, says Dr. Alster. “I advise patients to avoid scheduling vaccinations within two weeks of filler injections due to the risk of swelling around the fillers.”
Bad news for the spa-goers among us: Dr. Day cautions against face-down massages for one week post-filler injections. This is in order to avoid any excess pressure that could cause filler migration before its fully settled.