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What do I need to know before my injectable appointment?

07 Jan 2021  |  Dr. Jess  |  Medical

One of the most common questions that I will get asked before a new client attends for their appointment is “is there anything I should do or not do before treatment”. And the answer is yes, there are a few things!

Avoid the following for 48 hours before your appointment:

  • Alcohol (significantly increases bleeding and bruising risk)
  • Supplements and medication that are not prescribed which may increase bruising risk such as NSAIDs (eg ibuprofen, aspirin), vitamin E, high dose vitamin C, omega 3 supplements. However, please CONTINUE to take prescribed medication.

Avoid the following for 24 hours before your appointment:

  • Intense exercise and heat (increases bleeding and bruising risk)

On the day of treatment:

  • Ensure you have something to eat to avoid low blood sugar, especially if you are anxious or prone to fainting.
  • Avoid caffeine to reduce bruising risk and minimise anxiety.
  • Arrive without make up. It is difficult to fully remove make up at the appointment without cleansing and any traces of make up left can increase your risk of infection.
  • Bring a completely clean mask for after your appointment.

For filler treatments, please let Dr Jess know in advance if you suffer from cold sores regularly (3 or more times a year). She can prescribe a 5 day course of acyclovir tablets for you to start 2 days before treatment to minimise your risk of a cold sore outbreak.

In the current COVID climate, we are also seeing an increase in vaccine and virus associated complications. These can be for any vaccine or any virus, not just COVID. The advice to reduce your risk is to avoid filler 2 weeks before a vaccine or wait 3 weeks after a vaccine before having your filler. This is not applicable to toxin, only filler. Of course, if you have any COVID symptoms such as a fever, cough or bad cold then please inform Dr Jess and reschedule your appointment.

Disclaimer – all the above information is general advice to the public in a bid to increase awareness and understanding of this topic. Every individual is different and it is strongly recommended to book a consultation using the contact form so that you can get bespoke advice around your individual concerns.