May 19, 2018

Collagen Stimulators Aftercare

Written by Dr Kate Jameson

Profhilo skin biostimulator

Thank you for attending Youth Lab for Collagen Stimulators. Please take the time to carefully read your post-treatment instructions below.


  • Please begin the massage protocol the day of your appointment. 
  • Avoid any heat-inducing activities for 24 hours.
  • Do not perform strenuous exercise for 24 hours. 
  • Avoid pressure on the area for 48 hours (i.e. avoid face down massages).
  • Do not massage the treatment area unless instructed to do so.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Apply a cool compress to the treatment area..
  • Avoid active cosmeceutical products (AHAs, retinol, vitamin C) for 24 hours.
  • Do not apply oil based makeup for 24 hours. 
  • Avoid blood thinning medication such as Aspirin & Ibuprofen for 7 days (unless medically necessary)
  • Avoid facial treatments for 2 weeks (including facials, waxing, chemical peels, skin needling, Hydrafacial, IPL or laser)


Firmly massage the treatment area for 5 minutes, 5 times a day for 5 days following your treatment. This is mandatory and will affect the results if not performed correctly. 

If you have any questions regarding the massage protocol please contact the clinic.


The listed below are all normal side effects and should self resolve within a few days. 

  • Swelling
  • Bruising 
  • Redness 
  • Tenderness 
  • Lumps 

For further information on how to manage these side effects, please see ‘Management’. 

More severe complications may include:

  • Pain out of proportion to the expected post treatment discomfort
  • Severe swelling
  • Possible allergic reaction
  • Blanching or whitening of the skin
  • Blistering or ulceration of the skin
  • Visual disturbances or any change to mental state

If you experience any of the above severe complications, please contact the clinic on (08) 9324 1604 (West Perth), (08) 9260 6800 (Claremont) or at (08) 9260 6880 (Joondalup)

If it is after hours (between 5pm and 9am) please email our emergency email at This email address is only to be used in cases of severe side effects. 

Please note this email may not be seen between the hours of 9pm and 7am so if any concerns arise during this time or if there is a high level of concern after hours present to your nearest emergency department or call 000.



Swelling is a normal result of the injections and will generally disappear within a few days.

Swelling may also appear asymmetrical, this is normal and not an indication of the end result. Natural asymmetries are normal and having treatment with Collagen Stimulators may also exacerbate this if it is your first treatment.

Swelling Relief

  • Apply a cool compress to the area  for 10 minutes every hour on treatment day.
  • Take an antihistamine (e.g. 10mg loratadine)
  • Try sleeping on your back, slightly elevated, to prevent pressure build-up on the face 


Bruising is a common and expected side effect. This is not due to poor technique and will not alter the final result of your treatment. In order to reduce bruising, it is important to adhere to the aftercare regime. 

Bruising Relief

  • Avoid any medications containing NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E and ginseng for the week prior and the week following treatment, unless medically necessary and after discussion with your doctor/nurse.
  • Apply a cool compress to the area for 10 minutes every hour on treatment day.
  • Apply topical Arnica or Hirudoid cream to the affected area. 

We offer HEALITE II LED treatments for those cases where bruising is severe and not manageable with home remedies. 


There may be small lumps in the treatment area, these will disappear in the post-treatment phase with the prescribed aftercare massage regime. Please contact the clinic if they do not disappear after 2-3 weeks of following regular massage. 

Lump Relief

  • Massage protocol (5x5x5)  

Rarer side effects have been discussed in the consultation process and are not expected with every treatment.


How long until I see results?

Collagen Stimulators can take up to 12 weeks for results to become evident due to the body stimulating new collagen. At this time we advise a second treatment session to ensure results last up to 12 months and to ensure full correction of any volume deficit. 

NO further treatments will be done prior to complete healing and collagen stimulation at 8 to 12 weeks. 

When should I get another treatment? 

Further treatments at 8 to 12 weeks after the initial Collagen Stimulator treatment may be necessary to achieve optimal correction and results. Clients may require multiple treatment sessions to obtain their desired aesthetic outcome. Each client is different and will require different amounts of Collagen Stimulator. 

What is the usual treatment course? 

This is dependent on the individual and will be discussed with your practitioner. However, for most people an initial treatment course consists of 2x treatments of 2 vials, spaced 8-12 weeks apart. It is also recommended to have an annual treatment of 1-2 vials to ensure longevity. 

How long do the results last? 

The results from Collagen Stimulators are long-lasting, but not permanent. Longevity depends on the volume of product injected, its indication, compliance with aftercare and individual factors such as metabolism. We cannot guarantee the longevity of the results. 

Regular maintenance treatments are required and essential for long-lasting results.

Please contact the clinic on (08) 9324 1604 (West Perth), (08) 9260 6800 (Claremont) or at (08) 9260 6880 (Joondalup) if you have any questions about your treatment or aftercare instructions.