Supplements You Need to AVOID before getting Cosmetic Injections and Anti-Wrinkle Injections

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Do you know which supplements you should AVOID before getting Cosmetic Injections such as Dermal Fillers?

Let’s face it, most of us take supplements these days.

The jury’s out about how much they can actually help our health – but there is cumulative data supporting taking Vitamin D supplements and several other vitamins.

Supplements CAN Impact your Cosmetic Injections & Facial Filler Treatments

Supplements CAN impact how your body responds to cosmetic injectables treatments.  Some supplements can increase your propensity to either bruise or bleed, or both, so are best avoided.

Here’s what supplements you’ll ideally need to STOP taking for the week before you get Cosmetic Injections (Facial Filler Injections).

  • fish oil
  • vitamin e supplements
  • anti-inflammatory medications such as nurofen

How else can you make sure you get a good experience or great result after your cosmetic injections (fillers or anti-wrinkle injections treatments)?

  • Ensure you are fit and well
  • If you are feeling unwell, call and reschedule your appointment
    • You really don’t want to have a cough, cold or sinus issue or cold sores when you get injections
    • It’s also important to reschedule your injectables appointment if you have a chest infection or other infection
      • If you have an infection, it is not safe to be injected
      • An infection can increase your risks of adverse complications from your treatment
  • Come in with clean / make up free skin
  • Allow adequate cool-down time between your workouts and your injectables appointments
    • If you come to your appointment straight from the gym – ensure you are well hydrated, showered and cooled.
    • There is increased risk of bruising when you are hot and flushed at the time you get injectables

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  • Eat and Drink Water
    • Make sure you have had a stable healthy breakfast/lunch
    • Be sure you are also well hydrated – WATER, not coffee or soft drinks

Tip for First Time Fillers Cosmetic Injections Appointments:

  • Come with your questions written down so that you feel comfortable before treatment.
  • Consider taking a painkiller to reduce ANY pain

Post Dermal Filler Treatments – What to expect after Facial Fillers (Cosmetic Injections)

  • Its normal to experience some tenderness/ redness or swelling during the first 24- 48 hours
  • Use Bepanthen as advised by your Clinician
  • Use cool compresses to reduce any swelling or bruising
  • Keep your skin clean
  • Using quality mineral makeup is OKAY starting the day AFTER your treatment unless you experience any unusual reactions

Best Practice – What to do AFTER your Dermal Filler Injection Treatment

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours – as alcohol increases your risk of bruising
  • Don’t use active ingredients on your skin (like Vitamin A or retinoid products) for at least 1 week after your injections
  • Do NOT engage in any strenuous exercises for 72 hours (3 days) as it can dehydrate your skin and might reduce the longevity of filler
  • DO NOT get any Facials or chemical peels for 2 weeks
  • No flying for 2 weeks as the pressure change on long flights can affect the overall results of the filler and cause a puffy appearance
  • No ablative laser treatments for 4 weeks
  • Don’t use spas or saunas for 6 weeks – as these dehydrate the skin and will  possibly reduce the efficacy/ longevity of the injected products
  • Use Sunscreen of SPF 50+
  • Avoid extremes in temperatures – hot or cold – for at least 48 hours

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Once swelling has settled, any lumps or bumps under the skin can be gently massaged.

Typically, your follow up appointment will be set for 2-3 weeks after your first injections treatment

Any concerns at all after your Cosmetic Injections, please be sure to call your Clinician.

These reactions are very rare, but it’ll be good for you to know about them. If you have any of these rare reactions, you must contact your Clinician immediately:

  • Pain at injection site that is persistent, throbbing or appears to be getting worse
  • Heat, redness or an ‘angry’ appearance at or near the injection sites
  • Tingling, numbness or an altered sensation
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Visual disturbances

It’s important to note that these are very rare, but if they do occur you want to get immediate assistance.  So call your Clinician or medical practitioner immediately if you have any of the above reactions.


Sandra Wallace is a Senior Injecting Nurse (RN Division 1) with over 20 years of experience providing Cosmetic Injections including Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Fillers for Cheeks, Lips, Chins and other areas of the face.

To schedule an appointment with Sandra at Hawthorn East, phone (03) 8849 1400 and ask to schedule an Injectables Skin Assessment and treatment.

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