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Can You Exercise After Cheek Fillers?

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One of the benefits of cheek filler treatments is that it doesn’t require as much downtime as plastic surgery. Getting dermal fillers is one of the least invasive procedures for erasing wrinkles and fine lines and holistic facial rejuvenation. However, patients are still expected to follow proper aftercare practices. Although you can immediately return to your normal activities, your movements are still limited after a dermal filler treatment.

So can you resume your workout routine immediately after a cheek filler procedure? Patients can’t do any vigorous physical activity or workout after getting dermal filler injections. You should wait at least 24 to 48 hours before exercising again. When you do any intense activity post-injectable, there’s a risk of prolonged bruising and swelling at the injection site. The cheek filler may also migrate to other areas so just take it easy for several days to let the injectable settle in its position.

Can You Work Out After Getting Cheek Fillers?

Getting a cosmetic injectable, such as lip filler, chin filler, jawline filler, or cheek filler, shouldn’t disrupt your normal activities. Since it’s not surgical, the treatment session can take about 15 to 30 minutes and you can immediately return home or resume work after the procedure. But there’s one thing that you can’t do right after cosmetic fillers: exercise.

Exercising is one of the best ways you can maintain your health and it can help you feel even better and more confident in your appearance. However, if you want to get facial fillers, you need to be prepared to take a break from your workout routine. A few days of rest after your cheek filler injections can also help you recover from its immediate side effects such as redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness.

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Exercise After Cheek Fillers

After a cheek or lip filler treatment, your aesthetic doctor or plastic surgeon will remind you to take it easy and avoid doing strenuous activity for a few days. This common aftercare reminder is given for your own good and to guarantee that you can get optimal results from your dermal fillers.

Here are some of the reasons why you can’t exercise right after cheek augmentation with dermal fillers:

1. Working out too soon may increase the risk of persistent swelling

Even though dermal fillers aren’t as invasive as plastic surgery, it still involves the use of needles to inject the material into the skin. Once the needle pierces the skin barrier, it can cause initial swelling and inflammation as a reaction to the injections.

If you exercise immediately after dermal fillers, you can experience increased blood flow which can result in increased swelling in the muscles as well as in the injected area. This can prolong your recovery and even affect how soon you’ll see the final results of the treatment.

2. It can cause you to bruise more

Another possible side effect of needle injections during dermal fillers is bruising. When the small needle is inserted into the skin, it also pierces the tissues along the way and might rupture some blood vessels. Generally, a blood vessel can heal quickly after a dermal filler treatment. But if you exercise right after the procedure, it could increase blood circulation through the vessels and result in prolonged bruising.

3. Exercising after dermal fillers may also increase the risks of infection

Working out makes you sweat intensely. Take note that sweat doesn’t only contain moisture from your body, but it can sometimes have toxins and harmful bacteria. When you sweat on the face where you had cheek fillers placed, it could enter the injection sites and create an infection.  That’s why you should do light movements and activities to avoid infections and other serious complications.

4. It could also cause your dermal fillers to migrate to other areas

Any strenuous exercise that applies pressure on your cheek area, such as cardio, CrossFit, or swimming with goggles on, is prohibited. These activities may disrupt your injections from settling in the injection site and cause filler migration. This could prevent the fillers from delivering their intended effects and you might not see any changes in your appearance.

How Long After Cheek Filler Can I Exercise?

a woman had cheek filler treatment

The rule of thumb is to wait at least 24 to 48 hours after getting a cheek filler injection to start exercising again. Even after you’re cleared to work out, you should still limit yourself from doing any intense routine since it could affect the rate at which your body metabolizes the filler.

You can do some light walking to manage your body and health. However, you should try to minimize doing yoga since there are positions that could increase blood flow to the face. It could also put more pressure on the treated area which can move or disperse the dermal fillers.

If you’ve had hyaluronic acid fillers, it’s important to note that they’re only temporary and their effects can last from 6 to 18 months. Exercising may cause the HA filler to break down faster and its effects may quickly fade as well.

Other Reminders to Achieve The Best Possible Results From Cheek Fillers 

Dermal filler aftercare involves more than just avoiding exercising to get the best results from the injectable treatment. Here are other important dos and don’ts after cheek, chin, or lip injections:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure after getting a cheek filler
  • Avoid lying on your face or the side of the treated area
  • Avoid bending down after the treatment
  • Avoid applying too much makeup on the face
  • Avoid using makeup or skincare products with harsh chemicals
  • Don’t get a facial massage, chemical peel, laser skin resurfacing, or other cosmetic treatment after the injectables
  • Avoid taking blood thinners and supplements like vitamin E, omega-3, and fish oil
  • Avoid drinking alcohol

Learn More About Cheek Filler Aftercare From The Experts at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics  

Dr. Lanna and her team

Avoiding exercise is one of the aftercare protocols that a cheek filler patient should follow to get their ideal treatment results. You only need to rest and take it easy for about 24 to 48 hours and afterward, you can resume your routine to take care of your health. Besides, doing light, regular exercise is also a great way to nourish your skin and delay the effects of aging.

At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, we have a team of experienced doctors who can guide you through your dermal filler consultation, injection proper, and recovery and aftercare experience. Our providers can help you manage the side effects of cheek fillers and ensure that you get the best possible results. Contact us today to know more about our cheek injections and book your first appointment with us.

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