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Hyaluronic acid injections are not carried out without precautions. To optimise the results and prevent side effects, there are a few rules to observe.
Prepare your skin before the procedure
Before any hyaluronic acid injection it is often recommended:
- to avoid sun exposure and not to drink alcohol the night before or the day of the injections.
- not to take aspirin three days before so as to avoid the occurrence of haematomas
Apart from that, it is possible to have a prescription for retinol in the two weeks before the injections, the point being to reduce the secretion of sebum and to close up the pores of the skin in order to minimise the leaks of hyaluronic acid during the injections.
One hour before the session, it is advised that you clean the skin with a gentle product to avoid any irritation.
Hyaluronic acid injections are not painful and do not require anesthesia. If you are very sensitive, the aesthetic practitioner can propose a local anesthesia via an injection or the application of an anaesthetic cream.
Help your skin recover after the procedure
After the injections are completed, some swelling and redness can persist for several hours depending on the product used and the sensitivity of the skin. These are usually distant memories after about three days. In other cases, where there is an oedema of the lips, that may last for up to one week.
If you feel like running a 100m dash after you come out of the session, just remember that intensive physical activity is not recommended in the 2 following hours! Instead, massage the treated areas with a soothing cream over 48 hours, in order to encourage the penetration of the product and to soothe the skin: this is often recommended by dermatologists and aesthetic physicians.
Finally, in the days following the injections, it is often recommended to avoid the consumption of alcohol, taking aspirin and anti-inflammatories, exposure of the treated areas to ultra-violet rays (inside as well as outside) and sauna or hammam sessions.
In all instances, follow the advice of your dermatologist or aesthetic physician who will guide you through the different steps of these procedures.