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Pre & Post Treatment Tips

Ways to Prevent Bruising After Injectable Filler Treatment

For patients considering injectable filler treatments, minimal recovery time can significantly add to the appeal. Botox plus Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Vobella, Beletero and Voluma are all effective, non-surgical ways of significantly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

While it may take between one to two weeks to see the full results of your treatment, the injections can be performed on a lunch break from work. Alternatively, patients who undergo a facelift often require two weeks of intensive recovery at home.

Pre Injection:

1. Avoid Certain Supplements, Medications & Foods

Certain supplements and medications can increase bruising. Plastic Surgeons typically recommend that patients cease taking these two weeks prior to treatment. It’s critical to honestly report to your physician any medications or supplements you take on a daily or occasional basis.

Avoid the following medications:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Motrin
  • Naproxen
  • Vitamin E
  • Fish Oil
  • CoQ10

If you are taking aspirin or other supplements at the recommendation of your primary care physician, be sure to discuss this with your Dr. prior to stop taking them.

Foods that thin the blood:

  • Turmeric
  • Pineapple
  • Ginger
  • Garlic & Onions
  • Water
  • Fish Oil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Omega-3s (Wild Salmon, Anchovies, Herring, Mackerel, Lake Trout, Tuna, Flaxseed, Walnuts & Olive Oil)
  • Spicy Food (Curry, Hot Chilies, Cayenne, Jalapenos, Red Pepper Flakes)
  • Vitamin C Rich Foods (Citrus Fruits, Kiwi & Berries)

2. Eliminate Alcohol

While you are most likely fine to responsibly consume alcohol in the weeks leading up to your treatment, we recommend that you avoid beer, wine, and hard liquor the 24 hours before your treatment. You will also be advised to avoid drinking until any swelling or bruising that results from dermal fillers have resolved. Alcohol can enlarge blood vessels making patients more susceptible to bruising before and after treatment.

3. Take Arnica

Arnica is a homeopathic remedy derived from a “daisy-like mountain flower” that is commonly used by holistic practitioners to treat bruising, muscle soreness, and other minor issues. Taking arnica pills for 4 days prior to your treatment and 4 days after may reduce your bruising. We recommend that patients place four homeopathic pills with 30x dilution under their tongue, twice a day. You can get this at most health food stores, Bella & Amazon.

4. Put Your Skin In A Healthy State

Putting a fresh coat of paint on a house that hasn’t prepped is my favorite analogy to this. The healthier your skin is the better your injection will look and the longer it will last. Anyone considering injectibles should be using a pharma grade line of skin care, not a department store or infomercials. This is one area where knowledge is key. Not sure what to use? Make a consultation with Laura or any of the Medical Estheticians. Bring your current skincare regimen in. We will see what we can salvage, what needs to be added and what might be doing your skin more harm than good. We always extend a 20% discount for our patients. Why? We are not in the skin care retail business, our business is services. We would rather make it affordable for our patients for less knowing they will have the best outcome.


Post Injection:

1. Use a Cold Compress

For one to two days after your treatment, regular application of a cold compress can reduce pain, swelling, and bruising that may result from dermal fillers. We recommend that patients rinse a washcloth in ice water or wrap an ice pack with a thin cloth. Avoid applying ice directly to the skin as it can cause discomfort or frostbite.. To implement this treatment in your dermal filler recovery, apply a cold compress to the treated area for 15 minutes, 3-4 times each day. Depending on your needs and preference, cold compress therapy may be used for 1-2 days after treatment.

2. Elevate your Head

Many patients prefer to sleep and rest with their heads slightly elevated for two to four days after treatment. While there are no official restrictions against lying flat in the days following injectable dermal filler treatments, many we recommend sleeping elevated to minimize blood flow to the treated area as a defense mechanism against bruising.

3. Avoid Vigorous Activity & Heat

While many patients return to work or other normal activities immediately after injectable filler treatments, it’s definitely not wise to head straight from our office to the gym for a workout. Please wait until the next day to resume exercising.
It’s also recommended that patients avoid exposure to extreme temperatures except in the context of physician-recommended hot or cold compress treatments. Using a sauna, steam room, or heading to Bikram yoga class can put an unnecessary strain on healing tissues. Until your swelling subsides from injectable filler treatment, it’s wisest to use the opportunity to focus on resting and recovery.

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