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Why You Should Abstain From Alcohol 24 Hours Before Your Dermal Filler Procedure

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While dermal fillers are a generally safe procedure as compared to cosmetic surgery and Botox treatment, they can come along with minor side effects that alcohol can exacerbate. So if you’re contemplating getting injectables, we recommend that you stay away from booze for at least 24 hours before your procedure. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

But why exactly should you abstain from alcohol before receiving dermal fillers? For the most part, alcohol is a vasodilator, meaning it has blood-thinning effects. It causes blood vessels to dilate and widen which, in turn, increases the risk of swelling and bruising. Avoiding alcohol means you’ll be able to see your results as soon as possible, instead of you having to experience a longer recovery time.

Why Is It Not Okay to Drink Alcohol Before Getting A Dermal Filler Injection?

You should not ingest any alcohol for at least 24 to 72 hours before getting a cosmetic procedure, whether that’s lip filler injections, plastic surgery, or Botox. Here’s why:

1. Alcohol Is a Vasodilator

Research says that alcohol significantly increases skin blood flow, causing the skin to be hot and flushed. Drinking alcohol may affect the treatment result and elevate bruising, bleeding, and/or swelling, making you feel discomfort.

2. Alcohol Dehydrates You

When alcohol is ingested, it releases acetaldehyde which causes dehydration. This could affect skin functions, such as cell turnover or shedding dead skin cells to be replenished by new ones.

3. Alcohol Dries the Skin

Dry skin could result in peeling, which is disadvantageous when undergoing dermal filler treatments as you may experience itching after the filler injection. It is, therefore, best to leave alcohol for when you are absolutely in your element after treatment.

If you’re curious about how bad the swelling can get, the story of Margon Proudlock shows you exactly what happened to her when she went out for drinks after having a lip filler treatment. Remember that alcohol also lowers your inhibitions. You are less likely to remember the aftercare instructions provided by your plastic surgeon, and you might even forget to do your proper skin care routine.

Other Potential Side Effects from Injectable Treatment

Whether you’re looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, get lip injections, or have a little nose job, dermal fillers are the solution. However, when done incorrectly and with improper techniques, these can cause unwanted side effects. But don’t let these possibilities stop you from getting the treatment of your dreams as these cases are minimal and rare.

1. Itchiness

Itching or tingling sensations may shortly occur around the injection site and is expected for at most 3 days after injection. Do not scratch the treated area to avoid further complications.

2. Bruising

Bruising and swelling occur as a result of injection-caused bleeding underneath the skin. A cold-water compress works best as a remedy to ease the trauma. Ointment options are also available as part of aftercare instructions.

3. Infections

Infections such as cold sores after having a filler injection is relatively rare. In fact, less than 1.45% of patients experience a herpes outbreak after receiving injectables with hyaluronic acid. Take note that some infections arise due to improper techniques and disregarded pre and post-treatment instructions. We recommend that you learn and follow these instructions to prevent and minimize side effects.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

abstain from taking medications before dermal filler procedure

Here are 10 things you need to take note of before going to the doctor’s clinic and getting your dermal filler treatment:

  1. Don’t take the following drugs 10 to 14 days before your appointment to avoid heavy bruising.
    • NSAIDs
    • Aspirin
    • Vitamin E
    • Fish Oil
    • Ginger
    • Ginkgo Biloba
    • Ginseng
    • Garlic
  2. Avoid chemical peel treatments and laser hair removal 1 to 2 weeks prior to getting anti wrinkle injections.
  3. Taking alcohol at least 24 to 72 hours prior to treatment is highly discouraged.
  4. Avoid food and drinks that are spicy or with caffeine, high sodium, high sugar, and refined carbohydrates for 24 to 48 hours before your procedure.
  5. You should also postpone cigarette breaks until after the treatment.
  6. Inform your treatment center if you have a cold sore and rash, or if you are prone to having these.
  7. Expect bruising to occur. If you have any upcoming events, plan at least 2 weeks of recovery period before booking your treatment.
  8. Manage your expectations. Remember: Dermal filler results are temporary (6 to 12 months) and vary based on your age, skin type, lifestyle, and type of filler. Also, if you’re about to get a lip filler injection to emulate a certain celebrity, remember that your bone structure and facial features are unique and you might end up with different results.
  9. Listen to the specialist. Make your aesthetic goals crystal clear and with a good doctor, you’ll be satisfied.
  10. Lastly, do not forget to go through a medical and dental checkup to ensure that you are in excellent health.

Aftercare Advice for Cosmetic Injections

The post-procedure is different for everyone – there are patients that experience little to mild discomfort, some swell and bruise more than others, while there are those that head straight back to work after their appointment. But do note that one thing’s for certain: Self-care is important. Here are some specific instructions for dermal filler aftercare:

  • Avoid heat-inducing activities such as direct sun exposure, strenuous exercise, and hot showers.
  • Don’t add pressure on the injection site.
  • Sleep on your back for the first few nights – no face down massages.
  • Take paracetamol to relieve pain.
  • Avoid medications that contain NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E, and ginseng unless medically necessary.

It takes time for the fillers to integrate into your skin, so don't forget to schedule a top-up treatment 3 to 4 weeks after your initial appointment to maintain optimal results. Expect that it might take a few treatments to achieve your aesthetic goals. Longevity also depends on the type of filler used and your lifestyle habits. If you’re unsure about anything, consult your cosmetic injector.

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If you’re nervous before your dermal filler procedure, there are other ways to calm down other than consuming alcohol. At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, we have a relaxing environment and experienced doctors that will make you feel that you made the right choice. You can trust our process (and our doctors’ hands) to give you natural-looking fillers that make you look younger and refreshed. Get in touch with us today.

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