Pre-Filler Instructions

Pre-Treatment Instructions

  1. Discontinue aspirin for 10 days. Ideally avoid ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Vitamin E for 5 days prior to the procedure, as these medications will make you more likely to bruise. If you have been prescribed one of these medications, ask your doctor before you stop taking it. Tylenol will not cause bruising and is preferred for the week prior to treatment.
  2. Alcohol is also a blood thinner and should be avoided for 2 days prior to the procedure to minimize bruising.
  3. To minimize the risk of infection, it is important to avoid dental work, including cleanings, for the 2 weeks before and after your filler procedure.
  4. Today’s hyaluronic acid fillers contain lidocaine, an anesthetic, making the procedure quite tolerable. In the office we can apply numbing cream prior to the injection, and use ice packs during the procedure, making injections even more comfortable. Some patients benefit from the use of Topicaine numbing cream (available for purchase in our office) prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort. You may apply the numbing cream 30 minutes prior to your appointment to the area being treated and repeat this application again, 10 minutes before your procedure. No more than a single 30-gram tube should be used in any given day to avoid the danger of lidocaine toxicity. For fillers, only a fraction of the tube should be used.