- Reduce the temptation to massage the area. Your surgeon will sculpt the product right after it’s injected. It will be pliable for up to two weeks, so be careful not to rub the area. If you should notice a lump or bump, it’s best to call to find out what to do. In some cases, you may be able to gently massage it until it’s smooth, but you risk spreading it out too much, which can result in an uneven appearance.
- Relieve swelling with ice. You can apply ice (gently!) to the area after the procedure to reduce swelling and bruising.
- Ask your doctor about using arnica. Some patients have reported success at reducing bruising by applying topical arnica (available at a health food store) to the area. It may or may not help; some anecdotal evidence exists that suggests that arnica might actually cause more pain than relief. Talk to your surgeon about whether he or she recommends this remedy.
Most patients will only experience minor side effects, such as itching, bruising and tenderness for a few days or up to a week. You might experience redness or pain; if you do, give the office a call. There’s also the risk of developing an infection, so if you notice increased swelling after the first couple of days, a feeling of heat in the area, or increasing pain, it’s important to be seen to rule out or confirm a complication.
Are you interested in looking younger with Juvederm? Give our office a call and schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons for more information and to see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.