How to Prepare for Dermal Fillers

As you age, one of the changes you may notice is a loss of volume in your face. You might have thinner lips, flat cheeks, or under-eye hollows. This same volume loss can also contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. One of the most popular treatments for all these cosmetic concerns is dermal fillers, which can restore lost facial volume and smooth out wrinkles.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that add volume to specific areas of the face. They are commonly used to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, enhance the contours of the face, and add volume to areas that have lost fullness due to aging. 

Dermal fillers are made from a variety of materials, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. Specialty Aesthetic Surgery offers multiple brands and formulas of dermal fillers, and the type of filler used will depend on the specific needs and goals of the patient. For comprehensive facial rejuvenation, we may recommend a liquid facelift that blends multiple dermal fillers.

Preparing for Dermal Fillers

Before your dermal filler injections, you’ll have a thorough consultation with one of our experts. We will discuss your goals, assess your facial structure, create a treatment plan, and tell you what to expect and how to prepare. 

There are a few things that patients should do to prepare themselves for the procedure. You should avoid any supplements or substances that increase your risk of bruising and bleeding, including blood-thinning medications and alcohol. 

We typically recommend stopping the use of medications like aspirin and certain supplements like fish oil for at least a week before the treatment, and you should avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before your injections. We may also recommend avoiding dental work for two weeks before your procedure.

Depending on your skincare routine, your provider may suggest stopping certain products or treatments that might irritate your skin for a week or two. You may need to avoid retinol products, exfoliants, and tweezing. Be sure to protect your skin from sun exposure before and after your dermal filler injections. 

It is also important for patients to discuss any medical conditions they have or medications they are taking during their consultation. This includes any allergies, skin infections, or autoimmune disorders. You should also inform your provider if you have had any previous facial treatments, including Botox® or dermal fillers.

Dermal Filler Procedure

During the dermal filler procedure, your provider will clean the area to be treated and apply a topical anesthetic or numbing cream if needed. Many dermal fillers include lidocaine to minimize discomfort. 

Your chosen filler will then be injected into the targeted areas with multiple small injections using a small needle, and your provider may massage the area gently for even distribution. The procedure usually takes around 30 minutes to complete, depending on the number of areas being treated.

What to Expect After Dermal Fillers

After dermal filler injections, patients may experience mild swelling, redness, or bruising around the injection site. This is normal and should subside within a few days. We’ll instruct you on applying ice to the treated area to help reduce swelling and taking over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any discomfort.

Dermal fillers don’t require any downtime, but It is important to avoid rubbing or applying pressure to the treated area for at least 24 hours after the procedure. You should also avoid strenuous exercise, hot tubs, saunas, or any other activities that could increase blood flow to the face for at least 48 hours after your treatment.

Dermal Filler Results

One of the benefits of dermal fillers is that they offer fast results. With most dermal fillers, you’ll see immediate results that improve as any swelling or bruising fades over the next few days. Your exact outcome will depend on which dermal filler you receive.


These popular HA fillers create volume with a gel-like formula while boosting your skin’s hydration with hyaluronic acid. Different Juvederm® formulas can be used for cheek augmentation, smoothing out wrinkles, plumping the lips, and more. Juvederm® provides immediate results that last approximately 6-18 months, depending on the formula and treatment area.


Radiesse® is made with calcium hydroxylapatite and helps improve collagen production. Because of this, full Radiesse® results develop gradually and may last longer than those of HA fillers. You’ll see immediate benefits that improve over time and typically last a year or more.

Belotero Balance®

Like Juvederm®, Belotero® fillers are made with hyaluronic acid that hydrates your skin. They’re ideal for delicate areas like under the eyes. Belotero® results are immediate and last approximately six months.


This collagen-based filler is one of the longest-lasting and is ideal for smoothing out lines and acne scars. Results of Bellafil® are immediate and often last five years or more.

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to learn more about facelifts? Schedule your consultation online or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About Our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck. 

Dr. Anna Frants is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her areas of surgical specialty include the face, neck, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and ears. 

*Individual results may vary. 

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