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Fillers: Preparation

To protect your health and find out what results you want, a dermatologist always offers a consultation before injecting a filler. To help you get the most benefit from this appointment, the AAD recommends:

  • Ask questions.

  • Gather important information before your consultation.

This page tells you what to ask and what to gather.

Questions to ask before getting a filler

Asking questions during the consultation will help you know what to expect so that you can make an informed decision.

Before receiving a filler, the AAD recommends that you ask the following questions:

  • Are the results permanent or temporary?

  • What are the potential side effects?

  • Do I have a higher risk for any side effects?

  • Is the filler FDA-approved for this use?

  • How long have you used this filler? 

  • How many patients have you treated?

  • May I see before-and-after photos or speak with patients who have been treated with this filler?

  • How much will the treatment cost?

During the consultation, your dermatologist will examine your skin. This helps to determine whether a filler can diminish the signs of aging that concern you. You may learn that another cosmetic procedure is more appropriate.

If a filler is appropriate, your dermatologist will tell you more about the filler. 

Vital information to tell your dermatologist

Before getting a filler, it is essential that you tell your dermatologist about all medical conditions that you have. It is especially important for your dermatologist to know if you have any of the following: 

  • Allergies

  • Bleeding disorder

  • Cold sore breakouts

  • Heart condition

  • Previous cosmetic treatment (mention other injections and implants)

  • Easily irritated skin

Your dermatologist will ask you about your medications. Be sure to tell your him or her about all medicines that you take, even ones that do not require a prescription.

Be sure to mention all vitamins, minerals, and herbal remedies. It is especially important for your dermatologist to know if you are taking any of the following:

  • Warfarin

  • Aspirin

  • Ibuprofen

  • Vitamin E

  • St. John’s wort

  • Garlic supplements

  • Ginger supplements

Be sure to mention everything, even if it seems unimportant. Even if you haven’t taken a supplement or medicine for a while, it’s worth mentioning.