Aftercare Guide: Upper Face Contouring

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

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    So, now that you’ve undergone an upper face contouring treatment, you’ll want to ensure that it 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 upper face contouring.

    Following the upper face contouring aftercare is an effective way to achieve and maintain a great and long-lasting result.


    What should I avoid after upper face contouring with dermal fillers?

    Until the day after your upper face contouring fillers, you should avoid:

    • Applying makeup to the injected areas
    • Lying down with pressure on the upper face

    For the first 24 hours after upper face contouring fillers, you should avoid:

    • Intense exercise
    • Excessive alcohol
    • Smoking

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

    • Applying firm pressure to the injected areas


    How to reduce swelling after upper face fillers

    Here are some great ways you can minimise any swelling from your upper face filler 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 the treated areas.
    • Gently apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off) for the first 4 hours after your treatment.


    How to reduce bruising after upper face fillers

    If you are worried about bruising from upper face fillers, 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 upper face fillers (be careful not to apply any pressure).

    If you have bruising after upper face fillers, you can cover it with makeup the day after your treatment.


    What to expect in the first few months after upper face contouring with dermal fillers

    You can look forward to enjoying an immediate improvement in the contours of your forehead, temples and brows.

    In the first few days, there may be some mild swelling and tenderness. The final result should be visible 1-2 weeks after your procedure when the swelling fully subsides and the dermal filler fully settles.

    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 upper face to look great for 12-24 months on average. Your body will gradually break down the injected dermal filler, meaning the result will slowly wear off over time.

    Most patients revisit their upper face contouring every 12-24 months on average to maintain their result.


    Are there any side effects with upper face contouring dermal fillers?

    All cosmetic medical procedures have potential side effects.

    When performed with skill, caution and care, upper face contouring fillers are categorised as a low-risk procedure. You can reduce the risk of side effects by following proper upper face contouring filler aftercare.

    While it is unlikely, some upper face contouring filler 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 upper face appear slightly over-corrected for the first 1-3 days.

    If you ever notice any rashes or skin discolouration after upper face contouring fillers, 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 upper face contouring filler aftercare important?

    No matter if it’s your first upper face contouring filler treatment or your tenth, following the upper face contouring filler aftercare is very important.

    Following these aftercare instructions for upper face contouring filler 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 look, so please, take care.


    Upper face contouring with dermal fillers

    Here at Cosmetic Connection, upper face contouring is one of our most popular treatments, and a favourite among our clinical team.

    It is a great option to rejuvenate your appearance, and enhance the natural contours of your upper face.

    Upper face contouring involves a combination of treatment applications using dermal filler including temple fillers, forehead fillers and brow fillers. The specific combination will depend on your unique anatomy and treatment goals.

    Check out our comprehensive upper face contouring treatment page for more information on this procedure.