Tips from the Pros
Preparing for your Medical Procedure:
Patients who are using substances that can prolong bleeding have an increased chance of bruising or bleeding at the injection site. These are: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ginkgo, Green Tea, Garlic, Ginseng, St John’s Wort, or any herbal medications. You should avoid Aspirin containing products for 2 weeks before your procedure, and you should avoid all NSAIDS (Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin, Aleve, etc) and herbal supplements also for 10 days prior to your treatment. Avoid alcohol 48 hours prior to treatment. If you are prescribed any of these medications by your physician you must consult with them prior to stopping any medication.
During your Medical Procedure:
- Local numbing medication may be used to maximize your comfort during the procedure. Most patients report a mild discomfort typically associated with needle injections.
- You may experience a mild to moderate amount of stinging or aching sensation post injection.
- To ensure an even correction the medical professional will massage the area treated, which may cause a temporary, minimal to moderate amount of redness to your skin.
- Bruising at the site of injection is a commonly reported side effect.
- Temporary minimal to moderate swelling can be expected, which should dissipate following injection. Some patients report dramatic reduction in swelling hours after their treatment.
- It is normal to experience some tenderness at the treatment site for a few days.
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the injection area after treatment to reduce swelling. If swelling or redness persists too long, please contact your medical professional.
- It is normal to feel a “firmness” in your injection area for the first few days after treatment. Over time, the area will soften, leaving you a soft, natural looking result.
- Many patients return to their normal routine/activities immediately, but you should check with your medical professional for her recommendation.
- Makeup may be applied shortly after treatment if no complications are present. Apply makeup gently, avoiding strenuous rubbing of the injection area.
- The injection area may also be gently washed a few hours after treatment, avoiding aggressive rubbing or scrubbing.
- Immediately report any worsening or persistent symptoms or side effects to your medical professional.
- Avoid the following activities for at least 24 hours after injection:
- strenuous exercise
- alcoholic beverages
- extended exposure to heat or sun