You have had the TAP treatment, for optimal results, it is iimportant to follow the aftercare.


It is important to follow instructions about dermal filler aftercare.

Immediately after your dermal filler treatment you may notice a few of the following things:

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Red needle puncture marks

  • Asymmetry

  • Tenderness

  • Itching in the area


These issues above are common with dermal filler aftercare, and should resolve over the next few weeks. Your final result will be seen at around 4 weeks after treatment. It is important to not that Fillers is a building process and may require more than one session to achieve your desired results.


Immediately before and after the injections your face will be cleaned. You should not touch your face for 6 hours. After this you may clean your skin with water and a gentle cleanser.


You can apply makeup 8 hours after treatment.


Things to avoid:

  • Do not expose the area to intense heat (eg solarium or sauna)

  • Avoid pressure on the treated areas for 2 weeks whilst healing (i.e. sleep on back of possible)

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 72 hours.

  • Avoid alcohol for 48 hours

  • Do not use AHA, Retinols/Vitamin C therapy or oil based make-up for 24 hours

  • Avoid facials, facial waxing, Glycolic or AHA peels, IPL or energy based treatments and microdermabrasion for two weeks after treatment. Please check with your clinician before undergoing other facial treatments within this time



Pain relief


Pain is usually mild and sometimes moderate after filler injections. There are areas which can be quite painful like the chin and the lips. Pain relief such as paracetamol may be taken as directed by your Clinician.


Swelling relief

Apply a cool compress for 10 minutes every hour on the day of treatment (do not apply ice directly on your skin). A cool compress applied regularly for the first 24 hours after injections may help to reduce the amount of swelling. Some patients use arnica before and after treatment to reduce the swelling.

If you are experiencing swelling + bruising you can also use Arnica tablets and Enhanced Ldn lip gloss/balm- www.enhancedldn.com


Bruising relief

Patients on aspirin, fish oil or other drugs associated with increased bruising may find their risk increased. For the treatment of bruising, there are over the counter treatments available, including Bruderm, Hirudoid and Arnica.



Massage of the filler areas may or may not be advised by your Clinician. Gentle massage may be used once the pain and tenderness has resolved and if advised by the clinician.


Cold sores and dermal filler

There may be a small chance that a treatment may induce an outbreak of facial cold sores in patients with a previous history.

Some patients take preventatives to help reduce the risk of cold sores. If you get cold sores after a treatment, you should see your doctor.





“Will I bruise from filler?”

Bruising is the most common side-effect associated with fillers, especially when injected into the lips. Bruising is a perfectly normal response to injections of any kind; we stress to our patients that they should not be concerned if they do bruise. Though we always try to avoid bruising, sometimes our bodies just react negatively to being poked and prodded with needles.


What is causing my bruising?

Bruising occurs when blood vessels are punctured by the needle used to inject the filler under the skin. Indeed, some degree of bruising should always be expected when having any kind of injection (medical or cosmetic). The reason that lips are so susceptible to bruising is that they are quite vascular, so the veins are harder to avoid.  However, bruising from filler injections is no different to any other type of bruise, such as those from blood tests or immunisations. 


As with any other, the kind of bruise you get from fillers will usually subside within 5-7 days.



What’s the takeaway?

Bruising is a minor side effect , the risk of which accompanies any kind of injection, not just fillers. The good news is that, if you bruise, you can easily cover it up by applying a little bit of makeup to the area. After a few days, the bruising will subside and you will be as though nothing had ever happened – apart from now, you’re have a fuller, fresher face!


If you have any concerns about bruising, you can always chat to our clinician before you are injected, or in a separate consultation. However, just remember that just because bruising can happen, doesn’t mean that it will; furthermore, even if it does, it isn’t something to be worried about!





Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 48-72 hours to minimise swelling and bruising. 


Your initial appearance after treatment with any dermal filler may include:

  • An "overfilled" appearance to treated areas

  • Swelling or bruising ranging from mild to severe

  • Temporary numbness or redness

  • Palpable lumps or hard areas at the injection sites

  • Hypersensitivity reaction that can seem like an allergic reaction with hives and swelling


Most conditions can be alleviated with topical icing and arnica tablets and will improve within few days- week. Some reactions may require more aggressive treatment with medications or injections.


How long will:


swelling last?

2-4 days

bruising last?

5–10 days

results last?

Depends on the individual

lip fillers

Up to 12 months

facial fillers

Up to 12 months

When can I:


drink alcohol?

2 days


Immediately after treatment (no hot food for 24 hours)


7 days minimum


48 hours 

use a sunbed?

7 days minimum

wear make-up?

8 hours


48 hours

Sexual activity (involving the treatment area e.g. lips)

48-72 hours

See final results

 2-3 weeks


The treatment has a minimal recovery time, but there is still plenty you can do to enhance the recovery and get the best results. Some patients may experience nausea after the thread lift procedure due to anaesthesia. However, it will pass after sipping small amounts of water.


  • Intense/strenuous activities for 2 weeks

  • Avoid Dental work for at least 2 weeks.    

  • Exaggerated facial expressions

  • Rubbing the treated area

  • Sleeping on your front or sides for two weeks

  • You can take pain killers after the treatment.

  • It is best to avoid aspirins for the next two weeks after the treatment.

  • Avoid applying makeup or facial cream for at least 48 hours.

  • You should not drink a beverage with a straw and focus on drinking liquids or consuming soft foods for at least a week.

  • Experiencing slight discomfort in the first week after the procedure is normal, it will gradually reduce.

  • Try keeping your head elevated for a week.

  • Don’t pull your facial skin, massage, scrub or exfoliate the skin for at least three weeks. You are also not supposed to wash or touch your face for at least 12 hours.

  • Follow the care guidelines the practitioner gives you regarding the incision wounds.

  • It is recommended that you sleep on your back to prevent any swelling. Avoid straining or placing pressure on your face as it may result in threads misalignment.


In case of unusual pain or swelling, it is important to consult your practitioner to get the appropriate treatment.


Our 5 Aftercare Top Tips

  1. Clean the treated area twice daily with sterilised water , applied with damp cotton pads, taking care not to splash/soak your face in water. If your enhancement becomes wet, pat dry gently with a clean tissue.

  2. Apply Vaseline to the eyebrows with a damp cotton pad when washing your hair, to prevent the enhancement becoming wet. The Vaseline can be removed with a damp cotton pad too.

  3. Try not to pick, peel and/or rub the area, which could cause uneven colour, infection or scarring.

  4. Avoid: makeup for three days, skincare treatments for five days, and any hair touching the area for 2-3 weeks, which could cause infection.


One More Thing…


✔ Do

• Follow the aftercare properly to allow your brows to heal as well as they should.

• Keep your brows as clean and dry as you can for the first 14 days.

  Too much lymph fluid, water, sweat & oil will result in scabs instead of a film. Scabs will result in patchy brows.


✘ Don’t

• Sleep on your front – this will stop your fresh brows sticking to your pillow case.

• Touch or scratch your eyebrows – touching or picking could cause irritation, infection & loss of pigment.

• Exercise (such as gym & classes) for 7-10 days after your service due to sweating. Gentle exercise is okay after the first few days.

• Put make up, cleansers, lotions (other than provided) on or close to your brows for 1-2 weeks to avoid irritation .

• Use saunas, steam rooms or swimming pools for 2 weeks due to sweating, risk of getting your brows wet & hygiene.

• Have facials, lash extensions or other face beauty treatments done for 2 weeks to avoid irritation.

• Use brow tint, sunbeds, chemical peels or any strong face treatment for 4 weeks as your skin will not be healed enough.

• Use anti-aging creams, chemical peels, acids or retinols on or close to your brows ever! Eyes downward is totally fine.

  These products strip the skin / increase cell turnover and the chemicals in them can react and affect the ink / your retention.


Other things that can contribute to premature fading:

Frequent exercising & sweating / Oily skin / Tanning beds & sunbathing / Not using sun protection / Excessive exfoliating / Smoking

Harsh cleansers or anti-aging products / Fast metabolism / Iron deficiency / Hypo/er thyroidism / Hormone replacement medications / Other daily medications


Take care to avoid the following for at least 2 weeks after treatment:

  •         Direct sunlight

  •         Tanning and heat treatments (spas, saunas etc)

  •         Salt water and chlorinated pools

  •         Jacuzzis and direct shower spray

  •         Eyebrow tinting, waxing, electrolysis or laser hair removal in the area