How to Avoid Bruising 101

Your pre-treatment and post-treatment actions can make a big difference when it comes to swelling, bruising or lumps and bumps associated with cosmetic injectables.

So here are a few pre and post treatment tips that can help you avoid any unnecessary bruising etc. First, let’s start by saying that even following all the instructions it is still quite possible that you will develop a bruise, red spot or temporary bump, rest assured these will all disappear and you will look smooth, hydrated and rejuvenated!

No matter how well you listen to pre and post instruction it is always best to avoid planning any important work or social events for 3-7 days after treatments. If you bruise easily, you may need to plan for 2 weeks to heal.  Most bruises can be covered fairly well with make-up, best with using a coral-undertone concealer. Enlighten concealer by Jane Iredale has the ideal undertone to cover bruising, also great for under eye dark circles. If you have an extremely important event like a wedding, reunion or photoshoot, we recommend having fillers done 3-4 weeks before the big day, as sometimes bruises can last for up to 14 days.

Avoid Bruising with Fillers Before Treatment

Some medications and natural supplements are known blood thinners. The reason to stop these is that they make your blood less likely to clot “thinner” which can increase susceptibility to bruising. If you are on Warfarin/Coumadin or Plavix, stay on it! Any other medications check with your family doctor first and only stop if it is safe to do so. If you need pain medication, Tylenol is always fine to use.

Refrain from taking these for 3-5 days prior to treatment:

ASA Family Foods

  • Aspirin/Baby Aspirin
  • Alchol
  • Anacin/Exedrin
  • Green tea
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil)
  • Ginger
  • Robaxisal/Robaxacet
  • Salmon/Fish
  • Midol
  • Seeds

Arthritis Medications

  • Anaprox/Naproxen
  • Feldene
  • Voltarin/Diclofenac
  • Aleve
  • Indocid

Vitamins & Supplements

  • Omega 3’s/Fish oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Garlic Pills
  • Ginko Bilboa
  • Ginseng

Adding into diet to help minimize chances of bruising:

  • Pineapple and/or pineapple juice for 1-2 days prior to injections. 
  • Arnica Montana 5 tablets morning of treatment, at time of treatment and every 2 hours post treatment that day.

After Treatment

Some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness, itching, and discoloration at the injection site.  The intensity and duration of your filler or neuromodulator side effects will depend on your individual healing characteristics, but normally can last for one to two weeks after the treatment.