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Dermal Filler


  1. Complete your medical intake form (sent upon booking) so your practitioner can assess your candidacy for treatment.

  2. Avoid alcohol, over-the-counter Aspirin, Motrin, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E or any other essential fatty acids for 24hr before treatment. These items may increase bleeding and bruising. ** do not discontinue prescribed aspirin, plavix, warfarin, apixaban, edoxaban unless you have been advised by your prescriber or treatment practitioner

  3. if possible - Arrive to your appointment with a clean face (i.e. no make-up).

  4. Do not attend your appointment if you: 

  • have an active facial infection,

  • have an active cold sore (or cold sore in the past 2 weeks)

  • have a fever, shortness of breath, cough, or new nasal congestion/discharge

  • tested positive for COVID-19 or any other communicable illness in the past 14 days
    ** please contact us in advance to cancel or reschedule your appointment.


 What’s normal after a procedure? 

❖ Due to the anaesthetic in the filler, you may feel numbness or tingling immediately after the procedure. This will subside.

❖ Moderate swelling, redness, bruising and tenderness over areas treated. Mild, non-painful swelling can last for up to 2 weeks. Bruising is usually visible initially, then more obvious the next day before fading over 7 to 14 days. A small minority of bruises can last for 4-6 weeks. 

❖ Some people experience a dull ache or tenderness over the treated areas which subsides between 48-72 hours. 

❖ The results of dermal fillers are immediate and can last 6-18 months* depending on a multitude of factors.
* Please refer to information on dermal fillers or discuss longevity of your filler with your 


How to protect your result and reduce side effects: 

You may: 

❖ drink plenty of water - this will keep your filler hydrated.

❖ Use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for tenderness if needed.

❖ Keep the area cool with a cold compress every 15 minutes per hour as needed. 

❖ sleep face up and slightly elevated if you experience swelling.

❖ You may take Arnica (typically found in health food stores) to help the bruising if needed. 

❖ For 4 hours:    avoid touching the treatment area(s)

❖ For 24 hours: avoid strenuous exercise (sprinting, jumping jacks, HIIT, etc.) or

                                  avoid excess alcohol (>2 beverages)

❖ For 48 hours: avoid exposure to UV light and heat (i.e. prolonged direct sun exposure, sauna, steam, sunbeds, hot showers). 

Avoid over-the-counter Aspirin, Motrin, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E or any other essential fatty acids at least 3 days to 1 week after treatment. These items may increase bleeding and bruising. 

** lip filler: Avoid spicy food for 48hr, avoid heavy kissing for 1-2 days, avoid performing oral sex for 48hours, avoid major dental work for 2 weeks.

** cheek filler: avoid sleeping on your side for 48hr if possible

Reduce the Chance of Infection: 

Do not touch the treated area for 6 hours. 


Do not apply make-up over injection points until the day after the procedure. Make-up contains high levels of bacteria. If you choose to use lip make up, ensure it is clean (new, clean application). 


When to Contact Us... 

Serious complications are rare, but it’s vital you seek urgent review if anything like this occurs: 

❖ Swelling, puffiness, or lumpiness which does not fade in the first 10 days with gentle massage. 

❖ The filler changes texture and becomes hard, nodular, or lumpy especially if there is redness or tenderness after 48 hours. All these symptoms may indicate a need for medical advice from your practitioner or family doctor if you are unable to see us, but please contact us so we can advise. 


IMPORTANT: Contact us immediately if you have symptoms of a blocked blood vessel. 

❖ If you develop increasing pain near or above the site of injection which is getting worse over time, especially if associated with a pale area of skin, contact us immediately. 


In rare cases, an urgent reversal or other medical interventions may be required immediately to prevent scarring. If we are unreachable, attending the emergency room is advised. Make contact with us soon as possible so we can advise other clinicians to help them. 

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