While there are lots of considerations to take into account when choosing aesthetic services, most people do not think about allergy testing and aesthetics. Seasonal allergies are common, and if you suffer from them, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and a stuffy nose are frequent symptoms. You might find that your appearance changes when pollen or mold counts are high, and that can affect aesthetic procedures.
Our dermatological staff will ask you about any seasonal –or long-term –allergies prior to treatments, as well as any medications taken for relief. That includes prescription or over-the-counter drugs or supplements. If you are not currently taking allergy medications for relief, our doctors can recommend safe, effective medications that both ease symptoms and lessen how allergies may affect the aesthetic service.
How Allergies Affect the Face
Of course, an untreated seasonal allergy can leave you with a red nose or runny eyes. If you are in the midst of an allergy attack, those are just a few obvious symptoms. You might notice mild swelling, puffiness, or lumping around your sinus cavities, jawline, eyes and elsewhere that you may not attribute to an allergic reaction. Lymph nodes in the neck may also swell, and enlargement of the areas around the ears and under the chin are frequent in allergy sufferers. Sometimes, these symptoms are what drive people to visit a dermatologist for aesthetic treatment.
Allergies and Aesthetics
Well-known aesthetic procedures, such as the injection of Botox or fillers, are not contraindicated just because someone has allergies. It is important that patients are aware of how their allergies may affect aesthetic treatment, so they are well-informed not only about the procedures but the results.
For example, Botox, arguably the most popular and best-known aesthetic injectable, can cause temporary drooping or heaviness. Those are also seasonal allergy symptoms, so it is possible that someone dealing with these indications may think inappropriate Botox treatment caused it, rather than realizing they are allergic side effects. If it is the Botox causing the droopy or heavy look, the effects should dissipate within a few weeks.
Fillers and Seasonal Allergies
When it comes to fillers, such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite, the primary ingredients in brand names such as Juvederm or Radiesse, respectively, we will ask critical questions and address any of your concerns. We will discuss the likelihood of possible face alteration after filler treatment, as well as how you will look when the season for your allergies ends. It is possible that areas of the face could look less filled –or more filled –than anticipated when there are fewer fluids caused by the allergies in your body.
The Right Filler
There is no harm in receiving fillers while battling allergies, but some fillers are more suitable than others when it comes to allergy sufferers. That’s because there is less potential for the slight swelling that occurs with some fillers over time.
It often takes longer for fillers to settle in post-injection when you deal with seasonal allergies. As with any filler injectable, it can take some time before the final results are in. Each person is unique, and the time required will vary.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to know more about aesthetic dermatological treatments, call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Same-day appointments are available at our conveniently located offices in Stockbridge, Marietta, Johns Creek, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. There is no referral needed, and you will find our fees affordable. Our goal for every client is an aesthetic experience that not only improves their looks but boosts their self-esteem and confidence.