A Facial After Fillers: What You Need to Know

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We love to spend the better half of the weekend pampering ourselves since we deserve it, don't we? A hectic workweek can leave anyone lusting after some TLC. However, it is important to know that not all primping and prodding go that well together—at least not within a 24-hour period of receiving injectables.

According to Beverly Hills, CA, aesthetician Gina Mari, injectables need to set before someone can rub your skin (as they do in facials). If you receive injections of neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport, West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD recommends waiting a few days (two or three) just to be safe. "There are two reasons—some facialists press harder than others and I would not want someone to move around the Botox before it has time to be absorbed," he says. 

As for fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane and Belotero, a day is plenty of time to wait before having a facial. "I think that as long as you wait for a day or two, it is not a problem to get a facial after fillers. The reason is that most fillers are pretty forgiving and will not be moved or dented unless someone is really mashing down on your face. I would avoid a facial for up to a week if there is swelling, bruising or cold sores, as these can be tender and indicate that more time is needed for healing," says Dr. Beer.

The good news is that it isn't long to wait. Some women worry that getting a facial two months after injectables can change the look, but that's not true. Save your facial for a week after your dermatologist appointment and you should be fine. 

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Claudio Pinto
When patients come into my practice I always have them see me and the skincare comes first. Whether its a chemical peel, microderm or a medical facial. Then they can go for the injectables and fillers. Its a great way to make sure they are getting the best care. I don't send my patients elsewhere to get treatments they can get from me who understands what their skin is like and what procedures they are getting. With that being said, Neurotoxins can take a few days to kick in but that doesnt mean you are getting the botox out of place - I would say to be safe after 24 hours the botox has done what it had to do. I also agree that its pretty hard to move fillers with a facial. If your facialist is being that aggressive with the treatment I would say don't bother seeing him/her again. Again going back to, I understand skin and know what treatments and procedures are best for my patients so I want them to have the best outcome. IF you really like getting facials and more pampering from your local SPA/ Resort I would wait 2 weeks - This way all the swelling is done and you can enjoy your treatment without worrying about side effects. As always consult with your physician this way you have the best of both worlds!
Posted November 20, 2012 6:03 AM EST
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