There are plenty of reasons why dermal filler has become one of the best things to put on your skin: they don't tax the body, they give results comparable to more conventional cosmetic procedures, and they're one of the most versatile products in the market despite them being a non-surgical treatment. However, this doesn't mean that this procedure doesn't come without any side effects, especially in noticeable areas like the chin. For most dermal filler patients, this usually means swelling.
So how long does chin filler swelling last? Typically, chin filler injections don't have post-procedure swelling that lasts for more than a few days. Unless your swelling has been caused by an allergic reaction to an ingredient in your dermal filler, you should recover from any swelling a few days after treatment. For cases of mild swelling, you can expect it to subside in a few hours.
As a non-invasive treatment, dermal filler injections don't really leave you with a lot of side effects after the procedure. Swelling in patients is an exception: as the needle enters your skin to inject the filler material, your body detects the foreign object and swells in response. This is its natural reaction to help protect your body against any further damage, and also to heal the micro-trauma caused by the needle.
Swelling is a natural and common side effect of any needle-based treatment, not just dermal filler injections. But what causes swelling to last for a while?
If the injection site:
then you can expect visible swelling in the area, possibly lasting for a few more days. Chin filler injections are susceptible to this because they're around an area that moves around a lot, and has thinner skin compared to places like the cheeks.
But since the treatments for filler injections only have a few injection sites at most, any swelling subsides fairly quickly. There are only a few cases where swelling after chin injections (or dermal filler in general) lasts for a while, and they're usually because of an allergic reaction or some other severe complication from the treatment. Fortunately, these cases are rare.
If you want to keep swelling to a minimum after your chin filler injection, there are some things that you can do at home. You'll often get examined soon after chin filler injections to make sure that nothing too complicated happens - this takes up most of the little aftercare you need - with the rest of the aftercare at home.
Like all cases of inflammation, cold therapy works well for keeping swelling down after dermal filler injections. Since cold temperatures limit your body's blood flow to the affected site (which is another reason why it swells), consistent application of something like a cold towel or an ice pack can significantly help with swelling.
However, you should keep in mind that ice therapy can backfire if you use it too much. In some cases, patients often hold the ice too long against their skin, which can cause a type of freezer burn which can irritate the skin. This can cause even more swelling and may possibly interfere with how your dermal filler settles.
Blood has a more difficult time flowing upwards, which means elevating any injected area soon after needle treatment is less likely to visibly swell. It's one of the reasons why most providers recommend that you at least take a day of bed rest after a non-invasive treatment since it puts your body in a resting state where it can repair itself quickly.
After chin filler injections, you can simply lie down with your head propped up by an extra pillow when you sleep, and that should elevate the area enough to make any swelling less visible. However, if you do tend to toss and turn when you rest (especially while sleeping), you need to find another way to manage the swelling and combine it with this.
If you don't mind taking a trip to the pharmacy after your chin filler injections, try looking for ointments or lotions that you can rub on the injected area to keep the swelling down. There should be plenty in your local pharmacy, though read their instructions well before deciding to apply one to yourself.
For something a little more natural, you can try looking for products that have arnica extract in them. Arnica has long been used as a traditional remedy for taking care of the many common side effects of dermal filler injections like swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding. Only get products that can be used on the skin - ingesting arnica can be poisonous.
Dermal filler injections have a lot of benefits - the lack of any serious adverse reactions being one of the many things in their favor. However, that doesn't mean that injectable fillers aren't exempt from at least a few reactions after the treatment. Fortunately, if the reaction is swelling, your chin should look a lot better after a few days. With the right post-procedure care and a skilled injector, you might not even need to wait that long.
At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, we believe in using the best treatments to rejuvenate your skin and improve your appearance. That's why we specialize in dermal fillers and other non-invasive procedures, giving you the results that you want without the need for plastic surgery. We have experience in using various injectable treatments like chin filler, jawline filler, and cheek filler with our clients - without any of the filler horror stories attached.
To learn more about chin filler, the types of fillers we use, and how our experienced injectors can help you, book an initial consultation with us now. You can contact us online via our website or call us at (969) 565-7539.