I had a combo of Radiesse for my jawline and mouth corners and restalyne for my lip lines. It's been almost 24 hours and I have been icing the area. But is there an over the counter med I can take to reduce the swelling? I read something about Zyrtec and Benedryl. Is that helpful?
Is There an over the Counter Med I Can Take to Help Reduce Swelling After Filler Injections?
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Swelling after fillers
First and foremost, icing is the most important thing to do to decrease swelling after a dermal filler has been injected. However, many of my patients have had success with using both Arnica and Bromelain after the procedure.
Tips to Reduce Swelling and Bruising After Fillers
Dr. Ebrahim recommends eating fresh papaya and pineapple 2 -3 days before the procedure. Avoid Vitamin E, Multivitamins, Aspirin , Ginkgo Biloba. She also recommends avoiding alcohol the night before the fillers.
Arnica may be a good option to help prevent bruising and swelling . Take 2 – 3 tablets twice a day for a couple of days before the procedure.
Swelling is also a common side effect. Using ice immediately post treatment is also advised.
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Tips to reduce swelling after lip injection
Swelling is a common side effect after lip injections, especially within the first 24 to 48 hours, and it will subside. It's good that you are icing. A homeopathic remedy such as Arnica, which is available at most drug stores, can be taken in oral form prior to an injection and can also be applied topically after. Elevated sleeping the first night is also recommended to reduce any swelling in the face and lips.
Swelling After Dermal Fillers
Thank you for your question. Having swelling after injection is common and it can take up to 2 weeks to resolve. Taking Tylenol and icing the area will help reduce the swelling. If you are looking for a more homeopathic remedy than I recommend arnica or bromelain.
Swelling Post Filler Injection
OTC remedies for swelling after Radiesse
At our pracitce, we do not recommend any other products or remedies. The swelling is temporary and products for swelling do not work well.
The swelling is based on the location of the area injected and injection technique. Also, Radiesse has hyaluronic acid which takes up water in the skin and contributes to the swelling.
Fillers may cause some swelling that might be reduced by Arnica montana
Benadryl and Zyrtec are antihistamines and not diuretics (or waterpills). Unless you have swelling produced by an allergic reaction related to the release of histamine, then antihistamines are not expected to reduce your swelling. Minimize activity including avoiding bending over at the waist, straining, lifting heavy objects, do ice compresses and consider taking the herb, Arnica montana, which has been shown to reduce the possibility of swelling and bruising. Some recommend bromelain as well.
Restylane absorbs water
After 24 hours I wouldn’t be concerned with swelling. Restylane absorbs water. That means you’re going to have swelling just from the product working. True tissue swelling can be improved with Benadryl and Zyrtec, as they tend to dry it up. For more significant swelling, we recommend putting patients on an oral steroid (which is not over the counter). In your situation, within 48 hours, I would try Benadryl.
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