Aftercare Guide: Facial Slimming & Reshaping

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    So, now that you’ve undergone facial slimming / reshaping, you’ll want to ensure that your result looks great for as long as possible.

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, we believe that patient education is one of the most important parts of your treatment journey. While the procedure may be minor and non-surgical, it is vital that you know how to make the most of your treatment by carefully adhering to the aftercare instructions for your facial reshaping treatment.

    Following the facial reshaping aftercare is an effective way to achieve and maintain a great and long-lasting result.


    What should I avoid after a facial slimming & reshaping?

    Until the day after your facial reshaping, you should avoid:

    • Applying makeup to the full face
    • Lying down with pressure on your full face (try to sleep on your back)

    For the first 24 hours after facial reshaping, you should avoid:

    • Intense exercise
    • Excessive alcohol
    • Smoking

    For the first 7 days after your treatment, you should avoid:

    • Applying firm pressure to the full face


    How to reduce swelling after facial slimming / reshaping injections

    Here are some great ways you can minimise any swelling from your facial reshaping injections:

    • Avoid hot environments until the swelling has resolved. This includes hot showers, saunas and sitting out in the sun.
    • You can take an antihistamine on the day of your treatment, as long as you are medically suitable.
    • Avoid touching, scratching or picking at the skin of your full face.
    • Gently apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) for the first 4 hours after your dermal filler injections.


    How to reduce bruising after facial slimming / reshaping injections

    If you are worried about bruising from your facial reshaping treatment, consider following these steps:

    • Avoid excessive alcohol for 24 hours
    • Avoid intense exercise for the first day
    • Gently apply a wrapped cold pack intermittently for the first few hours after your facial reshaping (be careful not to apply any pressure).

    If you have bruising after facial reshaping injections, you can cover it with makeup the day after your injections.


    What to expect in the first few months after facial slimming / reshaping

    You can look forward to enjoying an immediate improvement in your appearance after your facial reshaping where fillers have been used. If you’ve had facial slimming injections, the result will be seen 6 weeks after your treatment.

    In the first few days, there may be some mild swelling and tenderness. This will quickly resolve on its own.

    If it is your first treatment, or all of the filler from your previous treatment has worn off before you come back for another session, there is a small chance that you will notice a slight drop in the visible result over the first few months. In such cases, a second treatment can be performed to achieve an even better and more stable result.

    You can expect your new full face to look great for 12-24 months on average. Facial slimming injections will need maintenance every 6-9 months. Your body will gradually break down the injected dermal filler, meaning the result will slowly wear off over time.

    Most patients revisit facial reshaping every 12-24 months on average to maintain their result.


    Are there any side effects with facial slimming and reshaping?

    All cosmetic medical procedures have potential side effects.

    When performed with skill, caution and care, a facial reshaping is categorised as a low-risk procedure. You can reduce the risk of side effects by following proper facial reshaping aftercare.

    While it is unlikely, some facial reshaping side effects that you may experience include:

    • Skin redness that will gradually improve in the first few days.
    • Bruising which has about a 5-10% risk and can be covered with makeup.
    • Mild swelling that may make your full face appear slightly over-corrected for the first 1-3 days.

    Facial slimming injections also have a rare risk of temporary smile weakness and muscle bulging.

    If you ever notice any rashes or skin discolouration after a facial reshaping, it is important that you get in touch with us for an assessment. You can send a photo of your concerns using our contact form.


    Why is facial slimming & reshaping aftercare important?

    No matter if it’s your first facial reshaping treatment or your tenth, following the facial reshaping aftercare is very important.

    Following these aftercare instructions for facial slimming and reshaping injections is the best way to care for your new look, reduce the chance of side effects and prolong your result.

    While these aftercare steps may seem minor and trivial, not following them may compromise your result.

    We want you to achieve the best result possible and love your new full face, so please, take care.


    Facial slimming and reshaping with cosmetic injections

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, facial slimming and reshaping is one of our most popular treatments, and a favourite among our clinical team.

    It is a great option to sculpt your ideal face-shape. Facial slimming and reshaping can improve the appearance of most face shapes.

    Facial slimming can be achieved by contouring the cheeks and chin with fillers, and by using facial slimming injections to reduce bulky masseter muscles along the jawline. Facial reshaping may also involve adding width to the chin and jawline with fillers.

    Facial slimming and facial slimming injections are slightly different. Facial slimming refers to an overall approach to give the face a more tapered look, while facial slimming injections specifically refers to treating the masseter muscles to reduce their size. Facial slimming injections are also known as jawline slimming injections.

    Check out our comprehensive facial reshaping page and facial slimming page for more information on this treatment.

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