We’re often asked how to avoid bruising and swelling after fillers and injections. Ultimately, a lot of how your skin reacts to the injectables depends on what you do – and don’t do – following your visit.
While it should be noted that the best injectors can still give a patient a bruise, red spot or temporary bump with any of the cosmetic injectables, your pre- and post-treatment actions can have a significant impact on how well – and subtly – you heal.
Here are five pre- and post-treatment tips that can help you avoid any unnecessary bruising or swelling after cosmetic injections.
1. Avoid Blood-Thinning Supplements and Medications
Certain supplements and medications cause blood thinning and should be discontinued seven days before and one day after your appointment. Such blood-thinning supplements include dong quai, fish oil, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, green tea, red clover, and vitamin E. Blood-thinning medications include aspirin, Midol, Excedrin, and NSAIDs like Advil, Motrin, Naproxen and Aleve. For pain, opt for acetaminophen, but always consult your doctor first.
2. Don’t Drink Alcohol 24 Hours Prior
Alcohol has antiplatelet effects on your blood and can increase the likelihood of bruising.
3. Ice the Treatment Area
Applying ice prior to injectables and fillers can help numb the area and constrict the blood vessels can help thwart bruising. Applying ice – or even a bag of frozen peas – following your procedure can also help to prevent bruising.
4. No Exercise for 24-48 Hours
While exercise is obviously great for your health and well-being, it is not advised in the day or two following your cosmetic treatment as physical activity increases your heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow. Minimal blood flow allows damaged capillaries to repair faster. By keeping your heart rate under 100, you help maintain minimal blood flow which will allow damaged capillaries to repair faster.
5. Prop With a Pillow
When going to bed the night of your treatment, use an extra pillow to keep your head elevated to keep your head above the level of your heart to prevent both bruising and swelling.
While there is no way to completely avoid bruising and swelling after injectables, these tips will help you reduce their likelihood. As one final recommendation, it’s always best to avoid planning any important work or social events for 2-7 days after treatments. And if you bruise easily, you may need to plan for two weeks to heal.
If you’re interested in Botox or other fillers or simply have a question about your pre- and post-procedure care, contact the experienced professionals at Youthful Reflections today.