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#LongWillLessons: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Bruising After Injectables

By now, it’s common knowledge that injectable fillers are all the rage in the world of cosmetic enhancements, but they don’t come without their own risks! Although we highly recommend non-invasive procedures that use injectables, we want you to get the most out of it by taking some preemptive and post-op steps to avoid injectable bruising.

Be Conscious of What You Consume

You might not be aware of this, but the food you eat and the medication you take before your appointment can drastically affect how your body develops bruises. Although your surgeon’s technique is mostly what determines your results, there are some preventive measures you can take pre-operation. First, you should consult with your doctor what medications you take regularly so that they don’t react negatively with the injectable fillers you choose.

“Blood thinners” such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, ginseng, omega-3 fatty acids, Excedrin, St. John’s Wart, and Ginkgo biloba. These drugs can cause your blood to clot less, making it more likely to bruise, so you should probably stop using these medications about a week before your procedure. Again, consult with your doctor before making this decision. However, if you do need to use any painkillers, Tylenol is a good choice. We also recommend you stop drinking alcohol and stop consuming garlic one to two days before your injections.

Woman’s hand rejecting wine. Alcohol increases your chance of experiencing injectable bruising.

Ask All the Right Questions

Before and during your treatment, you should also ask as many questions as possible about what your dermatologist is doing and why. One of the more pressing concerns is that of anesthetics, as many doctors use topical numbing creams to prevent injectable bruising and pain during the procedure. Be sure to ask about this before your appointment so that you know whether or not you need to come in early.

Because numbing creams typically have to be applied about twenty to thirty minutes before the procedure, ask your doctor whether he or she is going to include that time in the appointment. Also, remember to ask for an ice bag to apply to yourself after the treatment. If you have a skilled and experienced cosmetic dermatologist, they will be able to tell how much bruising you’ll have, as well as be able to prevent bruising if you start to bleed during the procedure. If you notice your dermatologist or nurse is too rough during the operation, this is a bad sign and will likely cause injectable bruising.

Doctor having a discussion with a patient. Ask your dermatologist plenty of questions before any procedure.

Follow the Rules

Despite all of this, remember that side effects are common and that healing takes time. Reactions like redness, swelling, itching, tenderness, discoloration, and yes, injectable bruising, are normal, but let your doctor know if your body tends to develop these reactions more than usual.

Most of these problems will go away within a week if you’re patient and let your body heal. Avoid activities that can interfere with the healing process such as alcohol, exercise, excessive heat, massaging the affected area, and consuming the drugs we mentioned before. Remember to continue to apply sunscreen, as well as a cold compress for about five to ten minutes every hour if you have swelling.

Our team at the Miami Center for Dermatology is very experienced and well-versed when it comes to cosmetic enhancements, especially non-surgical procedures involving fillers. If you’re interested in any of the treatments, we have to offer but aren’t sure you’re a suitable candidate for them, stop by our office for a quick consultation. We would love to meet you!