How to Prevent Bruising After Dermal Fillers

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Even having the best injectors administering your dermal filler treatment, red spots, bruising or temporary bumps can appear. To help prevent experiencing severe side effects after your injections, you should always choose the most experienced and qualified injector.

Finding an experienced injector is one thing, but there are also things you can do to help you through your recovery stage. You should refrain from planning any social or work events for at least one week following treatment. If you're prone to bruising quite easily, your body may need more time to heal. To help conceal your bruising, you can always try covering them up with makeup. Ensure that you follow the instructions your injector gives you and ask any questions you have before your procedure.

Here are some tips to help you avoid any unnecessary bruising following treatment:

Talk Openly to Your Injector

Your results will largely depend on how well you and your injector communicate about what you expect and want out of your injections.

Avoid Blood Thinners

Always check with your doctor before quitting any medications including;

  • Vitamin E
  • Excedrin
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginseng
  • Omega 3
  • Ginko Biloba

All of the above medications and supplements are considered blood thinners which can cause bruising.

You should also:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol a couple of days before treatment.
  • Avoid eating garlic or taking garlic supplements a couple of days before injections.
  • Take Arnica a day before your treatment.
  • Tell your injector before treatment if you have a history of cold sores on or near the mouth or the areas you would like treated.  

During Your Treatment

If the injector applies numbing cream 20 minutes prior to the injections, you will be more comfortable during the session, and this will help prevent bruising.

If your injector notices a particular area start to bleed during the session, he/she should apply pressure on the area followed by ice for a few minutes; this will help prevent bruising. If you go to a good injector like at Esteem Medi Spa Gold Coast & Brisbane, you should not have to worry about this though. Nearly all qualified and experienced cosmetic dermatologists will tell you immediately after the injection session if they think you are likely to experience much bruising.

After Treatment

There are some common injection-related reactions that may occur, including bruising, swelling, tenderness, redness, discolouration and itching at the injection site. The duration and intensity of your filler side effects will greatly depend on your healing capabilities and the aggressiveness of treatment but usually, lasts for up to a couple of weeks after injections.

  • Avoid massaging or squeezing near or around the treated areas for several hours following treatment.
  • Frequent use of sunscreen is necessary ALWAYS. The sunscreen should offer UVA and UVB protection and have an SPF 30 or more.
  • If you see swelling, put cold compresses on the injection site for a few minutes every hour.