How to Prepare for Filler Injections

Because post-procedural swelling is to be expected, and can vary depending on which area is being injected, taking these steps prior to your procedure will aid in bringing down the swelling and minimizing possible bruising:

  • Minimize alcohol consumption for a minimum of 24 hours prior to injectable treatment. Alcohol can thin the blood making it easier for bruising to occur. It is best to avoid alcohol for 3 days prior to injections.
  • Avoid certain supplements and medications before the procedure. It is best to avoid any blood thinning agents for at least 1 week prior to injectable treatment to minimize the occurrence of bruising.
  • Stop all NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications) such as aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Nuprin, Bufferin, Ibuprofen, etc. Tylenol is ok to use.
  • Stop all herbal supplements such as fish oil, ginkgo, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, garlic pills, tumeric, feverfew, Vitamin E (high dose), ginger, omega-3-fatty acid (high dose), dong quai, meadowsweet, cranberry supplements, white willow, chamomile, fenugreek, red clover, evening primrose, etc.
  • Start taking oral arnica Montana one day prior to the procedure and two days after the treatment. Arnica montana is a natural supplement which helps to reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Avoid salty foods a few days before and after the treatment as excess sodium causes the body to retain water, which in turn can worsen swelling.
  • If you have a history of cold sores, it is important to let your provider know. There is a risk that the treatment could lead to an outbreak, so your provider may want to treat you with Valtrex.
  • Tell your provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the safety profile has not been studied on this group and injectable treatment should not be performed.