Pre Care

Pre Treatment do's

Drink water

Keeping the body hydrated aids the prevents of a Vaso Vagal. The best thing you can do before treatments such as Dermal Fillers: Drink plenty of water.  Staying well hydrated is important for several reasons: It allows filler to be evenly distributed under the skin and minimizes side effects such as bruising and swelling.

Eat a healthy meal

Be sure to eat before your appointment: Hypoglycaemia is a condition where your blood sugar drops below the standard range, is common among patients who are anxious or arrive with an empty stomach. This can trigger a Vaso Vagal reaction.

Arrive with clean skin

While you might be used to putting on makeup or skincare in the morning, you’ll need to skip your beauty routine the morning of your appointment.

Injection sites need to be clean and free of any oils commonly found in makeup and skincare products, this will heighten the risk of a bacterial spread. Arriving with a fresh face will allow the provider to see you and your skin, in its most natural state to create a treatment plan customized to your needs.

Eat pineapple

Besides keeping up a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, there’s one thing you should consider eating before your appointment, pineapple.

Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain, which can reduce pain, bruising, and swelling. It also contains Vitamin C, which can help lower inflammation. Having plenty of Bromelain and Vitamin C in your system can help you get back to enjoying the results of your treatment as soon as possible.

Book in advance

Advance booking gives you plenty of time to prep for your appointment to ensure the best possible results. Whether you’re phasing out supplements or you just want to make sure you’re hydrated pre-treatment, the more time you have to plan, the better.

Pre Treatment dont's

Prevent drug interactions

For at least one week before the procedure, you’ll need to avoid certain medications. To minimize the risk of bruising, don’t use blood-thinning medications 24 prior to injectable treatments unless they are prescribed by your Doctor.

Medications that are categorized as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) should be avoided 48 hours before treatments, unless prescribed by your Doctor. This can include some common over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, and Ibuprofen. Some supplements should also be avoided entirely, including St. John’s Wort, Primrose Oil, Garlic, Ginseng, and Vitamin E due to their blood thinning properties.

When in doubt, talk to your Doctor or service provider to confirm whether or not your current medications are safe to take.

Avoid alcohol

A week before treatment, it is advised to minimize alcohol consumption. You should refrain from drinking any alcoholic beverages 24 hours before injectable treatments. Alcohol can act as a blood thinner, so drinking too close to your treatment could increase your risk of bleeding, bruising and inflammation.

Reduce caffeine and salt intake

Caffeine and salt have a dehydrating effect, which slows the healing process. Too much sodium can also worsen swelling over time. But, you don’t need to cut these out entirely. A few days before your appointment, reduce your salt intake. Then 24 hours before your treatment, cut out caffeine altogether.

Provider-prescribed Preparation

Small lifestyle changes can make a noticeable difference in your results and healing process. Although these tips are a great start, the best resource for pre and post-treatment care will always be your provider. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have about the procedure. If you’re in doubt about doing something, a skincare routine adjustment, new medication, etc. before your treatment, you can always ask.

NO aesthetics treatment will be performed if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Always be honest with your provider about any allergies ahead of time to ensure that you don’t end up with a negative reaction.

If you’ve previously suffered from cold sores, injectables could trigger a breakout. Take any prescribed antivirals prior to your appointment and let your provider know if you’re prone to cold sores before your treatment. DO NOT attend your appointment with an active breakout, this will need to be rescheduled.

Walk into your appointment with confidence

Now that you’ve done the prep work, you can approach your treatment assured that you’re set up for success. While you might be a bit unsure of what to expect, the process doesn’t have to be intimidating at all. The treatment itself is quick, mostly painless, and over in a matter of minutes. As long as you have the right know-how and follow all the guidelines, you can walk into your appointment feeling confident and excited about your aesthetic transformation.

What do we advise?

The fundamental pre-care advice we advise patients before ANY injectable treatment is as follows:

Before treatment, the below should be avoided:

  1. Alcohol, smoking and/or recreational drugs at least 24 hours prior to treatment
  2. Excessive Caffeine 24 hours prior to treatment
  3. The following supplements: Vitamin E, St John’s Wort, Omega 3, Garlic & Aspirin at least 24 hours prior to treatment  
  4. Topical Retinol/Retinoids 72 hours prior to treatment

Clients should ensure that they have:

  1. Eaten
  2. Remained Hydrated for at least the last 24 hours
  3. Read and fully understood their aftercare
  4. Read advice around Covid-19 and vaccines (no treatment 2 weeks either side)

It is important to highlight to your clients that if they feel unwell, are showing any signs of covid-19 symptoms, or have been near someone that has been positive that they need to reschedule their appointment. Clients should also come to their appointments alone.