We’re far from the days when people denied “getting work done.”
It’s now common for people from all walks of life to pop into their surgeon’s office and ask what they can do about cosmetic issues.
With the wide variety of non-surgical rejuvenating options growing, it’s now easier and less expensive than ever to seek cosmetic enhancement.
Injectable fillers are emerging as one of the top ways to achieve appearance goals.
A large part of their appeal lies in their convenience, especially the recovery. Far from the lengthy recovery process of surgery, the downtime for fillers is typically minimal and comes with very few side effects.
Patients interested in fillers may only need to take a few precautions after receiving a treatment to ensure the best results occur.
What Downtime? Recovery After Fillers
An average filler treatment can be completed anywhere between 15 minutes to about an hour, with no need for pre-operation procedures or a lengthy intake process.
Patients can receive their treatment and be ready to go back home within an hour after first coming in. There’s no need for anesthesia or anything stronger than a topical numbing agent.
Bandages or sutures are also unnecessary since there are no incisions to heal from.
What to Expect Immediately After a Filler
There will most likely be minor pain in injection sites. Areas that are treated may look red and irritated—or worse: overfilled and overdone.
This is a fairly common side effect as treated areas swell right after getting an injection.
In the week that follows, swelling and redness should rapidly start to dissipate.
Most activity, including getting back to work, can be resumed within a day or two after treatment.
Most patients have fully healed approximately a week to 14 days afterward.
How to Manage Care and Recovery
In the first 24 to 48 hours after receiving injectable fillers, patients should take heed of simple care instructions to ensure their healing goes as smoothly as possible.
Some common instructions include:
- Avoiding too much sun
- Being gentle to treated areas
- Avoiding cosmetics, skin care products, or supplements
- Using ice or massages for swelling relief
- Getting plenty of rest
Patients can work with their surgeons to see what they specifically need after getting a filler treatment.
Usually, patients are considered to be fully healed within a few days after getting an injectable.
How Long Do Results From Fillers Last?
Most fillers provide results that are immediately visible after recovery from treatment is through.
In fact, the results of many fillers can be evident right away. This makes them an incredibly appealing option for many people who do not always have the time to set aside for a surgical and recovery period.
For most injectable fillers, results tend to last several months. Some fillers, such as Restylane®, have results that can last over a year from a single treatment.
How Repeat Treatments Work
Usually, most patients will need to get repeated or consistent injectable fillers to keep results from fading away.
The number of treatments needed can vary depending on skin type, the area being treated, and the type of filler being used.
Fillers that use hyaluronic acid, like Restylane®, typically provide results that can last anywhere from six to 12 months.
Results from a single Restylane® treatment may last up to 18 months.
Combining Fillers With Other Facial Procedures
Injectable fillers can also be combined with surgical procedures, like a facelift, to get the desired outcome.
Fillers can help soften the edges after facial contours are tightened or help with hard-to-reach areas, like the corners of the eyes, during or after a facelift is performed.
Fillers can also be used together with other non-invasive rejuvenation options, such as laser resurfacing, to refresh the appearance even further.
Because they’re so easy to administer and recover from, fillers are an incredibly versatile cosmetic tool that can beautifully enhance and improve any area of the face.