Can you exercise after Juvederm?

Hi Doctors

I am interested in getting Juvederm to fill in areas around my mouth. I have no experience with cosmetic surgery so I would like to know if there is any downtime from treatment with fillers. I exercise every day (kind of my therapy) and was wondering if I would have to take any time off if I went through with the procedure. Thanks so much and I appreciate your response!

GymRat11

F, 43, New York

Consensus

  • Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment and do not generally require downtime.
  • That said, most board-certified plastic surgeons and expert injectors recommend that patients wait 24-48 hours before engaging in vigorous physical activities. This allows the skin and body time to recuperate from the treatment.
  • High impact workouts in the 48 hours following injection will increase the risk of bruising or swelling, which can cause mild pain and discomfort.
  • Applying an ice pack or cold compress to the treated area during the first 48 hours can help reduce excess swelling and bruising.
  • Patients should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas and taking blood-thinners, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

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Dermal fillers such as Juvederm represent a highly effective and minimally invasive way to add volume and rejuvenate the face. Juvederm is an hyaluronic acid filler which softens  marionette lines around the mouth and also addresses moderate facial and frown lines, nasolabial folds, and hollows in the cheeks. One of the most appealing features of Juvederm is that there is little to no recovery time following the procedure. Most patients are able to return to work and resume regular activities the same day.

However, some individuals do experience side effects as a result of dermal filler injections. These include redness, swelling, bruising, itching, and, in some rare cases, thickening, firmness, or bumps around the treatment site. These are temporary after-effects that resolve on their own within one to three days.

You may be at risk of increasing your chance of swelling or bruising if you engage in vigorous activity immediately following your injections. Exercise increases your blood pressure, leading to a higher risk of bruising or swelling. As a rule, experienced injectors and cosmetic surgeons counsel their patients against undertaking strenuous workouts or activities for 24-48 hours following treatment. Taking it easy for a day or two following your treatment will better enable you to achieve the results you desire.

There are other things you can do to ensure a swift recovery from a dermal filler treatment: avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for a few days, apply an ice pack or cold compress if you experience any temporary redness, swelling or bruising, avoid taking blood-thinners such as aspirin or ibuprofen as these may increase the risk of bruising, and make sure you are treated by a board-certified practitioner as they will possess the most sophisticated injection technique. This will in turn dramatically improve the quality of your results.

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Juvederm® is a dermal filler that is comprised of hyaluronic acid particles. When injected into fine lines, wrinkles, furrows, or sunken areas of the face, such as the nasolabial folds or marionette lines around the mouth, Juvederm replenishes the natural existing hyaluronic acid that has been absorbed into your body over time, helping you to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment that require no downtime. Many patients actually receive injections over their lunch break and return to work immediately post-treatment. Filler treatments are generally very gentle on patients, causing little to no pain, with most patients experiencing no serious complications.

One side effect that can occur with filler treatments is bruising. Bruising is common because the filler is injected deep into the skin and sometimes the needle pierces a blood vessel. Studies of bruising after filler treatments are at present inconclusive, but estimates suggest that between 19% and 68% of filler patients experience bruising. Unfortunately, the areas most likely to show signs of age and require fillers are also the places most likely to bruise because the skin tends to be thin. There are ways to minimize the likelihood of bruising, however, and one way is to avoid strenuous exercise.

High impact workouts increase your blood pressure, thereby increasing the risk of bruising or swelling. This means that the healing time takes longer, delaying your final results. For this reason, most board-certified plastic surgeons and expert injectors recommend that you wait 24-48 hours before engaging in vigorous activities to allow your skin and body to recuperate from the treatment. If you do experience any bruising or swelling around the injection site, it’s advisable that you continue to wait until all possible after-effects subside.

That being said, some gentle exercise, like walking or stretching on the day you have treatment, is unlikely to have any detrimental effect. Your surgeon will let you know when it is time for you to safely return to your exercise regimen, which will help you to ultimately garner the best possible results.

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Hi, thank you for your question. You can exercise the morning of your treatment. After your injections whether it be Botox or HA fillers, , wait 24 hours before resuming any physical activities - always be sure to see a board certified plastic surgeon for best results.

I would avoid intense exercise for 24 hours.  Avoid medication which can cause more bleeding and bruising like aspirin and ibuprofen for one week prior to the injection.  Good Luck.

Dear GymRat11; Best to avoid intense exercising for 24 hours following any cosmetic medicine injections, i.e. Botox or HA fillers. Regards Dr B

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Hello there! Thank you for your question. There is no downtime from fillers. They are injected and you will have immediate results! I let my patients know that there can be bruising, and I also request them to avoid exercise and to keep their heads elevated for 4 hours post injection. Be sure to consult with a Board Certified physician to consult and obtain a treatment plan designed specifically for you. Good luck!