After the injection some common injection-related reactions might occur, such as swelling, bruising, redness, pain, itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the injection site. These reactions typically resolve themselves within a few days. Individuals who are predisposed to Herpes viruses may experience an outbreak and need medication pre- and post-treatment. Although rare, sometimes a lump or bump can occur under the skin where the injection was done. This can most often be corrected by Dr. Rueckl and the site should not be manipulated by patients. Rarely, some patients may experience a numbness of the area injected, which is caused by the injection affecting a nerve in the area. This will resolve but can take up to a few months’ time. In very, very rare instances, the filler injected may actually block a small artery in the injection area. In severe cases, this can result in an area of tissue death.
Patients who are pregnant should not receive fillers. Patients who are breastfeeding should discuss it first with Dr. Rueckl.
The most common side effect for any filler is minor bruising and/or swelling. If you experience this, avoid taking aspirin and apply ice to the site. If you would like, you may also take Arnica pills, use Arnica gel, or apply Arnica pads. This is an herbal remedy to help with bruising and is available from most health food stores and the pill version is available to purchase in the office. Read all package details before using.
Please keep your hands away from the treated area and do not press on it. Avoid facials or massages for 24 hours within the treated area. You should return to your normal skin care routine and all regular activities after your treatment unless you are provided with alternate instructions.