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Pre-treatment Instructions

Anti-wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers

If the following has been prescribed by your doctor, then do not take for 7-10 days prior to your injections as they can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.

  • aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Advil®, Nurofen®
  • Fish oil, Primrose oil, Gingko Biloba, St. John’s Wort, Feverfew, Bilberry fruit
  • Cayenne pepper, Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng
  • high doses of vitamin E. Regular multi-vitamin

If you are taking prescription blood thinners such as Coumadin or Plavix, you should check with the prescribing doctor to see if you are able to stop these medicines for 7-10 days before your appointment and at least 2 days after the procedure has been done.

Permitted Pain relief:

  • Paracetamol, Panadol® or Tylenol®, as long as these are not contraindicated for you

Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to procedure as this can increase the risk for bleeding and bruising at the treated site(s).

Avoid dental procedures (including cleaning) 2 weeks pre filler and 2 weeks post filler.

Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or the use of hair removal creams in the area(s) to be treated for 48 hours before treatment or as long as your skin takes to recover from the side effects.

If you have any history of Herpes Simplex (cold sores) on your face, please discuss with your injector whether you should take a dose of antiviral drugs prior to the treatment.

These include include acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex), famciclovir (Famvir), and penciclovir (Denavir).

  • Sunburn skin is difficult to treat so avoid exposure to the sun.
  • If you are having fillers, eat a small meal/snack before your appointment.
  • Come to your appointment with a clean face with only sun protection. No make-up or moisturiser.
  • Bruising and swelling will be worse for the first 24-48 hours after you receive your dermal filler injections. Avoid  exercising for the remainder of the day after your injection(s). 
  • Always inform your doctor/registered nurse of all medications, including supplements you may be taking as well as your medical history.