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The Cons of Using Ice After Dermal Filler Injections

Dermal filler injections are a popular cosmetic procedure for rejuvenating your face and restoring youthful volume. While the treatment itself is relatively straightforward, the post-injection aftercare can have a significant impact on the results. Many people instinctively reach for ice packs after getting fillers, thinking it will help with swelling and discomfort. However, there are some cons to this approach. Here are some reasons why it might not be the best idea: The Cons of using ice post dermal filler.


  • Reduced Efficacy: When you apply ice to the treated area immediately after filler injections, you risk compromising the effectiveness of the treatment. Cooling the area with ice can reduce blood flow, which in turn can hinder the even distribution of the filler and make it less effective.

  • Prolonged Swelling: While the idea behind applying ice is to reduce swelling, it can sometimes have the opposite effect. The cold can constrict blood vessels, slowing down the removal of excess fluid from the injection site. This can lead to prolonged or increased swelling and discomfort. It's essential to allow your body's natural healing processes to work.

  • Delayed Results: Filler results typically take a little time to fully develop. The immediate effects may not represent the final outcome. Applying ice can delay the onset of these results because it may interfere with the filler's integration.

  • Inconsistent Application: When applying ice to the treated area, it's challenging to maintain a consistent cooling temperature. Some areas may get too cold, while others remain unaffected. This inconsistency in temperature can disrupt the overall results of the treatment.

  • Risk of Cold Injury: Although rare, excessive and prolonged use of ice can lead to cold injury, also known as frostbite. This can damage the skin and underlying tissues, leading to long-term complications and negatively impacting the results of your dermal filler treatment.


In most cases, it's best to skip the ice and follow your providers recommended post-injection care. Always consult your Selfie provider for the most suitable aftercare plan!

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