It is highly recommended to consult with one of our aesthetic professionals here at Lavande prior to booking your filler appointment. This is to determine the best course of action for your aesthetic needs, determine which filler is right for you and your skin type, and to prepare you for your filler appointment. In preparation, we ask that you abstain from taking bloodthinners or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as alcoholic drinks, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and others) for a couples days before treatment. This will lower the possibility of thinner blood causing bleeding, bruising, and swelling during/following treatment. In addition, we here at Lavande will offer our filler clients complimentary Arnica, which is a natural oral medication that has anti-inflammatory properties and will further prevent the likelihood of bleeding, bruising, and swelling. This should also be taken starting a couple days before treatment.
When you come in for your treatment, if a personal evaluation synthesizing your medical history and aesthetic goals had not been completed before, it will be done at that time. We here at Lavande want to make sure you are a candidate for this treatment as well as confident about your decision to proceed with the injectable gel treatment. The treatment area will be examined by our skilled and knowledgeable practitioner before injection, and private “before” pictures will be taken for comparison purposes and kept in your profile. Once examined the treatment area will be prepared by being cleaned with antiseptics, and a topical BLT (Benzocaine, Lidocaine, Tetracaine) numbing agent will be applied to sit for 30 minutes.
During treatment, our provider will begin by determining the most strategic injection sites that adhere to your aesthetic goals and needs. Using a fine gauge needled syringe, our provider will skillfully and softly begin injecting small amounts over multiple injection sites, while pausing for short intervals of time between injections to allow for the lidocaine numbing agent present in the gel to take effect. Also in between injections, our provider may rub injection sites with their fingers to mold the desired result with the filler and make sure the gel is distributed evenly under the dermis. They will also provide clients with a mirror to watch the smoothing and volumizing of their skin take effect in real time, as well as to provide constructive feedback. Finally, an ice pack will be provided to clients to apply until they get home, in order to minimize pain and swelling. In total, the treatment should take about 30-60 minutes, but we will book the full hour in order to assure that all client needs are met and all questions answered.
Recovery time following JUVÉDERM Voluma® XC treatment can be anywhere from a day to a week. Most people can resume daily activities following treatment, although they might have slight swelling immediately following treatment. Some clients develop bruises after about a day, and this can take anywhere from 5 days up to 7 days to subside. For the first 24 hours, it is recommended to avoid exposure to sunlight and high temperatures, and also to abstain from strenuous exercise and drinking alcohol, in order to evade any increase in redness, itching, swelling, and to avoid filler breakdown. Clients are advised to make a follow-up appointment for 1 month after filler treatment in order for our aesthetic professionals to examine treated areas and assure appropriate targeting of problem areas, evenness of treatment areas, and to determine whether more filler would be recommended.