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What to Know About Cheek Filler: Cost, Benefits, Pain

All Your Questions About Cheek Filler, Answered

What to Know About Cheek Filler: Cost, Benefits, Pain
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What Are the Risks or Side Effects to Cheek Filler?

The most common and totally normal side effects are swelling and light bruising. As with any cosmetic procedure there are also a few (very rare) risks to keep in mind. For fillers, vascular occlusion (where the filler goes into an artery) or blindness are the most serious. This is why you shouldn't skimp when it comes to choosing your doctor (more on that later).

Dr. Samolitis also noted that sometimes vaccines or viral infections can cause fillers to react and get more swollen, but it's an unusual side effect and typically resolves on its own.

What Is the Downtime Like?

Prepare for a low-grade soreness right after getting your cheek fillers and into the next day. It's possible that there can be some swelling for a day or two and bruising, which could last a week, but it varies person to person. Dr. Samolitis advises using ice packs to reduce swelling and sleeping propped up for a day or two.

Is There Anything You Should Avoid After Getting Cheek Fillers?

Dr. Samolitis says that by the time you're walking out of your appointment, anything that's bleeding that would result in a bruise has already stopped. "You're not going to agitate anything or cause any new bleeding," she said. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours or however long it takes for you to feel like you're not swollen. Drinking alcohol or taking ibuprofen after your appointment is fine (in moderation, of course), and you should wait around two weeks before getting a facial massage or having anything tight like goggles around your face.

How to Choose the Right Doctor

Real talk: injectables can essentially be administered by anyone with any type of medical license, and only take completing a weekend course to start seeing patients. So when it comes to injecting something into your face, skip the Groupon or med spa.

It's important to do your research and see a board-certified dermatologist or a nurse practitioner who works alongside a board-certified derm. Choose someone who is practiced in the art of injectables and has the creds to back it up — this is not the time to cut corners. Dr. Samolitis also stressed how crucial it is to not be afraid to ask questions, and that your doctor takes the time to answer every single one. Trust is key.

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