Are you about to get Juvederm for the first time? You’re in for a treat, but to get the results you deserve, its best to follow these Juvederm aftercare protocols.
Whether you’re getting dermal fillers in your lips or another area of your face, how you care for yourself after your appointment plays a role in your results. You’ll see swelling last for 1-2 days and bruising last for 5-7. During this time, you need to be careful of what touches your face and what goes into your body.
What do you need to know about Juvederm aftercare? Here are our best tips for ensuring you get the best results.
1. Apply Ice to Reduce Pain and Swelling
Your practitioner will apply a local anaesthetic to help minimize any pain during the treatment itself. But most people will experience some bruising and swelling on the days after their appointment.
Get some relief by icing the area at different intervals to help the swelling go down and relieve the pain naturally. In most cases, you can ice your treatment area for 15-20 minutes per hour. Just make sure never to put the ice directly on your face. Always protect your face using a towel or a cloth.
Don’t worry! The pain and swelling disappear after a few days. It’s recommended you only ice for the first day or so.
2. Skip the Gym
We love that you love your workout routine, but it’s a good idea to schedule a rest day – and ideally a rest week – after your appointment.
Strenuous exercise after your appointment increases your risk of infection in the first week after your appointment. It also brings up your pulse and blood pressure, which can make the bruising and swelling worse.
It’s okay gym bunnies: you’re not sofa bound. You can still go for walks and enjoy light exercise. But avoid anything strenuous and skip any yoga. Inverted positions can also increase your swelling and bruising.
You also want to avoid accidentally touching the fillers, which could move them out of place before they set properly. That’s why you also want to avoid making lots of exaggerated facial expressions! Think of it like any other injury: you wouldn’t want to move it more than you have to, so rest your face for a few days after your injections.
3. Drink Water and Eat Healthily
It’s always s a good idea to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet. Staying hydrated becomes even more important as your fillers begin to set. Your dermal fillers use the water from the cells in the treatment area, which means it’s even more important to get plenty of water in the first few days after your treatment.
4. Don’t Take Aspirin or Ibuprofen
Your face might feel sore after your appointment. That’s normal!
However, you should avoid taking any blood thinners to help the discomfort. Aspirin and ibuprofen can make the bruising worse and could open up complications.
Let your esthetician know if you’re already taking aspiring or ibuprofen daily at your doctor’s direction. They’ll want to know before your appointment so they can give you the proper instructions.
You can take acetaminophen if you find the pain or discomfort to be too much.
5. Avoid Sunbeds or Other Cosmetic Procedures
You want to avoid heating or cooling the treatment area, which means there are certain procedures you need to avoid.
If you want a tan, make sure it’s a fake one. Sunbathing, in a sunbed or on the beach, is off-limits until your swelling and redness go away. You should also skip any saunas or hot tubs.
P.S. Remember that sun exposure is the fastest way to see your skin age rapidly. You should always avoid UV exposure as best as you can to keep your skin looking young and healthy.
It’s good idea to avoid any extreme cold, such as skiing. Again, if you’re icing your face in the first few days, put a barrier between the ice and the treatment area.
6. Wear Makeup but Skip Beauty Devices
You can absolutely cleanse your face and put on makeup and sunscreen in the days after your Juvederm appointment. However, you should avoid applying it within the first 12 hours post-appointment. You want to allow your skin to settle down and minimize the risk of infection. A soap-free cleanser is okay to use, but remember that more products equal more risk.
Keep it simple for the first few days. When you do put on makeup, don’t use any devices or techniques that press too firmly on your face.
If you use any rollers, massagers, or at-home beauty devices (like a NuFace), leave those behind for now. You want to minimize the movement around your treatment area.
Once you heal, then you can go back to wearing whatever products you want! You’ll have even more fun with your makeup routine because now you can play with the new dimensions around your face and help your treatment areas really begin to “pop!”
Get Your Full Juvederm Aftercare Recommendations from Your Provider
Your Juvederm aftercare routine is as important as the injections. If you don’t care for your face properly, you could risk more bruising and swelling and even infection. Plus, keeping your face still and drinking plenty of water will ensure you get the most of your injection. Your dermal fillers are more likely to settle the way you want them to when you take care of them.
Are you ready to sculpt the face you’ve always wanted in one appointment? Get in touch for more information on Juvederm and dermal fillers to see how you could create a more defined face.