What to Expect at Your First Filler Appointment

Deciding to go for your first filler treatment may be both thrilling and worrisome. With the promise of a restored and refreshed look, it’s no surprise that fillers are becoming more popular. SheMD wants to make sure you’re fully prepared and informed for your first filler visit.

In this blog post, we’ll try our best to cover everything you need to know about filler treatments. We will tell you how to prepare, what to expect, and what you should and shouldn’t do before and after your appointment.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable chemicals that are used to improve facial features and recover volume lost due to aging. They are generally manufactured from hyaluronic acid, a component that can be found in our skin naturally. Fillers can smooth wrinkles, fill lips, and enhance cheekbones, giving you a more youthful look. Unlike Botox, which relaxes muscles to decrease wrinkles, fillers deliver volume to the skin.

When Should You Consider Going for Fillers?

Deciding when to get fillers is a personal choice that depends on various factors. One scenario is aging; if you’ve noticed a loss of volume in your cheeks, deepening lines around your mouth, or thinning lips, fillers can help restore a more youthful appearance. Another reason might be the desire for non-surgical enhancement; fillers offer a way to enhance facial features, such as plumping your lips or defining your jawline, without surgery. Additionally, some people choose fillers to boost their confidence, finding that enhancing certain facial features makes them feel more comfortable in their skin.

What to Expect Before Getting Fillers

Before you dive into your first filler session, it’s crucial to know what to expect. Here’s a breakdown of the process:


If you think you can rush through a process, you better think twice. Everything starts with a well-organized consultation. This is your chance to discuss the results you expect, ask questions, and address any concerns.The specialist will assess your facial structure and suggest the best type of filler for you.

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

Knowing how to prepare for filler treatment is key to ensuring a smooth procedure and optimal results.

To begin with, avoid blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain supplements like fish oil and vitamin E a week before your appointment, as these can increase the risk of bruising.
Additionally, you better limit your alcohol and caffeine intake 24-48 hours before the treatment, as they can contribute to swelling and bruising. Staying hydrated is also important; drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your appointment since hydrated skin responds better to filler treatments. Also, you should avoid using retinol, glycolic acid, or any other skin-irritating products for a few days before your session.

Do’s and Don’ts Before the Appointment

To ensure your filling session runs properly, here are some crucial do’s and don’ts:


Research your practitioner: Ensure that your supplier is qualified, knowledgeable, and respected. Check the before-and-after images of their work.

Be honest about your medical history: Please inform your practitioner of any allergies, medical concerns, or past cosmetic operations.

Plan ahead: Schedule your appointment during a time when you can unwind and avoid heavy activity for at least 24 hours after treatment.


Don’t schedule around important events: Filler procedures often cause bruising and swelling, so if you have something big planned, you better schedule accordingly.

Do not use makeup: Prepare for your visit by removing any makeup and skincare products from your face.

Do not rush the consultation. Take your time learning the procedure. Ask about possible risks and your aftercare routine, as those are also very important.

Aftercare routine

Understanding how to care for your skin after filler treatment is important for getting the best outcome while avoiding complications. To keep the filler from shifting, do not touch or apply pressure to the treated area soon after treatment.
To minimize swelling and pain, apply an ice pack wrapped in a clean towel. Do not lie down for at least four hours to allow the filler to settle.

Drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated and the filler acting properly. To decrease swelling and bruising, avoid intense activity for at least 24-48 hours.


Your first filler treatment should be a positive and empowering experience. At SheMD, we are committed to providing you with the knowledge and care you need to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
Remember to follow our guidelines on how to prepare for filler treatment, what to expect before getting fillers, and the essential do’s and don’ts to ensure your session is a success. Embrace your journey towards enhanced confidence and rejuvenated beauty with the support of our aesthetic expert team.
We look forward to helping you look and feel your best!

Dr. Meryl E. Kahan

Dr. Meryl E. Kahan, MD, FACOG, MSCP, is the founder of SheMD, a gynecology and medical aesthetics practice in Little Neck, Douglaston, and the Great Neck area. She is dedicated to providing compassionate care to women of all ages, emphasizing comprehensive wellness and personalized treatment approaches. Dr. Kahan's expertise in menopause care, hormone therapy, and sexual dysfunction allows her to provide tailored treatments for each patient. She also offers a wide range of aesthetic solutions to help patients achieve their goals while promoting self-confidence and well-being. She is committed to providing a supportive and empowering healthcare experience for women.

Location: Little Neck, NY

Areas of Expertise: Women's health and wellness, gynecology, menopause care, hormone replacement therapy, sexual dysfunction, personalized treatment plans, cosmetic procedures, medical aesthetics, hair care

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