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How Are You Supposed to Sleep After Undergoing A Cheek Filler Treatment?

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Taking care of your face after a cosmetic procedure entails imposing self-limitations on your habits and movements. One of these limitations include the position on how you sleep to minimize the disturbance you place on your face after cheek fillers or any other cosmetic procedure.

So how are you supposed to sleep after undergoing a cheek filler treatment? It's best to sleep on your back to lessen the stress that you place on your face and the movement of the cheek filler material, which may cause visible asymmetry.

Best Sleeping Positions After A Cheek Filler Treatment

There's no hard evidence to prove that sleeping positions can greatly alter the results of a dermal filler treatment, but it won't hurt to opt for a safer position in which you lessen the stress you place on your face after facial filler injection -- sleeping on your back.

Sleeping on your back helps lessen the stress that you place on your face, the treated area, and helps keep your facial fillers intact. Here are some other tips to maximize comfort while sleeping after undergoing a cheek filler treatment or any other cosmetic treatment in the face:

Other Tips For Optimal Results

When you're considering to have cheek fillers done, here are some tips you can follow to ensure that you'll be seeing the best results after you have them:

1. Manage Your Expectations

Depending on the filler material being used, a dermal filler may last from 6 months to 2 years. This means that the results you've seen may eventually wear off after this time period, and follow-up treatments are necessary to maintain your desired results.

2. Choose Your Provider Carefully and Follow Their Instructions

It's best to go to master injectors like our team at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics to ensure that you will achieve your desired results while minimizing the possibility of getting complications like infections or under/overapplication.

Your injector of choice must have good qualifications and significant experience in doing dermal filler injections. Qualifications and experience mean having a good understanding of the recommended depths per filler product, appropriate application techniques, and tools and equipment that are properly cleaned and sterilized to prevent unwanted side effects.

Our team at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics has their patients’ best interest in mind, so it's also best to follow their aftercare instructions to avoid complications and suboptimal results.

3. Know Your Do's and Don'ts

Knowing your do's and don'ts after a dermal filler per your plastic surgeon's or injector's instructions can spell the difference between a good and a bad result. These instructions include ways to manage the side effects seen in the injection site and how to clean and take care of the treated area.

Here are some commonly known aftercare tips that you should observe:

Aftercare Do's

  • Hydrate properly, preferably by increasing your water intake.
  • Get enough rest, as sleep enables your body's repair mechanisms to work better.
  • Keep the injected area clean and dry at all times to avoid irritation and infection.
  • Eat nutritious foods. Stock up on your fruits and vegetables.
  • Apply cold compress to the treated area to minimize swelling and bruising.

Aftercare Don'ts

  • Avoid strenuous exercises and vigorous activities as these can dilate the blood vessels and increase your heart rate, causing more pronounced side effects like swelling and bruising.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and taking blood thinners which may cause the blood to thin out.
  • Avoid applying heavy creams especially those made of AHAs, BHAs, retinol, or vitamin C for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid applying makeup also for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid being exposed to direct sunlight and high temperatures as these can cause inflammation and irritation of the skin.

Safety of Cheek Fillers

Cheek filler injections are a generally safe cosmetic procedure, which is gaining popularity due to its less invasive nature than surgery. Common side effects are mild and self-limiting and may be managed by home remedies.

Who are Ideal Candidates for Cheek Fillers?

Most individuals who wish to undergo cheek filler procedure are ideal candidates for cheek fillers, given that they're of good physical qualities and are committed to taking care of their skin. However, some contraindications or characteristics that make a patient unsuitable for this skin treatment must be noted:

  • Active infection
  • Allergic or hypersensitivity reaction to the filler or the anesthetic used with the filler

Side Effects

To help manage your expectations regarding the results of dermal fillers, it's also best to know the common and not-so-common side effects. Common side effects are the following:

  • Swelling: Swelling is caused by the reaction of the skin and soft tissues against the injected filler material. It may be minimized by applying cold compresses.
  • Redness: Redness also occurs due to the body's natural reaction against the injected filler material.
  • Bruising: As the needle pricks the small blood vessels, their blood contents leak out, causing bruising.
  • Tenderness: Tenderness may be felt upon wearing off of the anesthesia. It may also be associated with swelling and bruising.

Not-so-common side effects are the following:

  • Cold sores: Although relatively rare, reactivation of cold sores may occur after a dermal filler injection due to the stress that the procedure does to the body, which weakens it and gives an optimum environment for the reawakening of the virus.
  • Severe swelling or allergic reactions: Severe swelling or allergic reactions may occur as a result of the filler material or the anesthetic used. This can be managed with immunosuppressants like oral corticosteroids and antihistamines.
  • Ridging or beading: This rare condition after fillers may resolve on their own or may be solved by incision and drainage or surgical removal of the filler product.
  • Prolonged blanching and pain: Prolonged blanching and pain occurs possibly due to blockage of an arteriole. Applying hot compresses, massaging the area, and administration of a nitroglycerin paste can help ease this side effect.
  • Granulomas and foreign body reactions: Granulomas and foreign body reactions occur because of the overreaction of the body against the injected fillers. This may be minimized by using intralesional or systemic corticosteroids or antibiotics.

Cheek Filler Alternatives

If you now think that cheek fillers aren't for you, here are some alternatives that you may consider that can also provide the same benefits as cheek fillers:

  • Over-The-Counter Masks and Creams: Masks and creams can help tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of unsightly eye bags, wrinkles, and fine lines.
  • Skin-Tightening Procedures: Skin-tightening procedures that can also bring the same benefits as cheek fillers even without facial plastic surgery include botox treatment, laser skin resurfacing, radiofrequency skin tightening, and ultrasound skin tightening.

Get High-Quality Cheek Fillers and More at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

woman gets cheek filler injections at Dr. Lanna's beauty clinic

Sleeping on your back is the best position to follow after cheek filler injections because this position helps minimize the stress you may put on your face and may help keep the filler product in place. This thus helps you have better results for your cheek implants.

Our highly-qualified and experienced team of injectors at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics can also help you achieve your desired results from our cheek filler treatments. Start seeing the best version of yourself with our world-class services and contact us today at (929) 565-7539.

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