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Avoid sun, sweat and saunas

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

Why do we tell you to avoid sun, sweat and saunas you ask?

The advice regarding exercise after dermal fillers is that you shouldn’t do any strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours to reduce the risk of bruising and infection, yes, even that! ;) Swimming and sweat can increase risk of infection as bacteria can enter the open wouldn't were your injector has injected.

The exception to the 48-hour rule however, is if you’ve had cheek fillers. Because of the positioning of these, it’s important not to press on the cheek area too hard while the filler settles. If you have had cheek fillers, therefore, you are not to wear goggles (any – skiing, snorkelling, swimming and diving etc.) for 6 weeks.

Normally, a set of fillers will last around six months before they need to be redone again, but it seems that fillers might not last as long if you’re a heavy exerciser. Hyaluronic acid fillers (HA - the most common) fully integrate with your skin and your body treats it like they do fat. So, if you are doing extreme exercise and have a fast metabolism then your fillers may not last as long as in other people. I am by no means telling you not to exercise, but if your filler isn't lasting as long as you'd hoped, this may be the cause.

UV rays in sunlight degrade hyaluronic acid in the skin – and it’s believed it treats HA injected filler the same way. If you want your fillers to last maximum time, keep your skin protected – it’ll also stop damage that causes you to need more fillers! The sun can also irritate your skin as it reacts to the treatment during its healing process.

Sunbathing, sunbeds and intense heat (such as saunas and hot yoga) should be avoided for 2-4 weeks after any dermal filler treatment, this will ensure there is no additional swelling and bruising. Additionally, over exposing lip fillers to sunlight can trigger cold sores in and around the injection sites.

So, make sure you avoid sun, sweat and saunas.

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