How Long to Use Ice Pack After Restylane?

i had restylane injection in the early afternoon. should i use ice pack?

Doctor Answers 22

When to cool the skin.

Cool compresses (not ice cubes) can be effective after injectables to decrease swelling.

However, in our San Francisco office, we use a cool compress prior to injection to constrict the blood vessels and improve comfort. We have found this to be a very effective technique to reduce possible complications and improve patient comfort.

I hope this helps.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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24 Hours

The use of ice before and after Restylane injections can be helpful for a variety of reasons.Icing an area decreases the swelling and bruising that’s associated with these procedures.In addition it makes the overall experience more tolerable by decreasing the pain that occurs during the injection process.
Most of the benefits from ice application occurs prior to injection and in the first 24 hours following injection.During this period of time, ice helps diminish swelling and bruising.After 24 hours the effect on swelling and bruising is minimal, but patients continue to have symptomatic relief from its use.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Icing after fillers

Thank you for your question and for sharing your experience. Icing during and after the procedure definitely helps with swelling reduction. If you feel swollen, then I would continue to ice on and off for 5 to 10 minutes every hour for the first day or two.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

How Long to Use Ice Pack After Restylane

I recommend using the icepack off and on for a few hours after the injection of Restylane.  This will usually keep the swelling and bruising to a minimum.


Thomas Guillot, MD
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
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Using an ice pack after Restylane

Restylane is a very popular and effective hyaluronic acid-base dermal filler. It has been used widely throughout the face for the correction of deep lines and wrinkles. In our practice, we provide patients with an ice pack to use undertreated areas for their comfort and to help resolve any swelling. We recommend that the patients please ice onto these areas have been treated for 1 to 2 days.

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Cold Compresses with Restylane injections

Using cold compresses prior, during, and after dermal filler injection treatments is always a benefit for, not only comfort, but also to reduce swelling and bruising. Most of our patients find benefit in using gentle, intermittent cold compresses for the first 24 hours after their treatment especicially for the mouth area. Using frozen pea bags are a good option because they can be reused and they conform better to the face. Always report prolonged swelling or bruising to your practitioner.

Refer to the below link for further information on pre and post-treatment instructions.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Icing After Restylane Treatment

You may apply a cool compress to the treated areas which can help with reducing discomfort. Do not apply ice directly to the skin to reduce the risk of frost bite. Keep in mind that you will also be numb for a few hours post treatment, so you may not feel how cold the ice pack is, so be cautious when icing immediately post treatment.

John Diaz, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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An ice pack or cold pack helps reduce swelling and bruising after restylane or juvederm injection.

Applying a cold pack or ice pack to the area that has been treated with a facial filler such as restylane, juvederm, or radiesse will help reduce swelling and bruising.

I also use a cold pack or cold roller to cool the area before injection.

The cold temperature causes the blood vessels to constrict and close down, which lessens the chance of bruising.

Use Ice Pack After Restylane

You can apply ice packs to the area injected to help with bruising and swelling. It is not required, but it does help the recovery go faster.

Tim Sayed, MD, MBA, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Use ice for the first minute after Restylane injections

Typically, I recommend ice in my office for the first minute. Bruising does happen more with Restylane and Juvederm than collagen injections. I have not done nor read a study that explores two sets of patients having these injections, one set icing and one not icing after the injections to see if the one that does ice has less bruising. There may be some beneficial effect from taking Arnica Montana, an herb, that may suppress bruising and swelling, especially if it is started before the procedure.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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