What to avoid before your treatment to minimize your chances of bruising:
Although bruising can always happen after any procedure, here are some recommendations you should consider to help minimize bruising after dermal fillers or any injectable procedure that involves a needle penetrating your skin:
- Avoid consuming these medications/supplements five (5) days prior to your treatment: aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) or any similar anti-inflammatory medication, Vitamin E, fish oils, Omega-3, garlic, and gingko biloba. Tylenol and narcotics like Vicodin/Norco/Percocet are fine.
- Avoid alcohol consumption at least two (2) days before your treatment.
- Eat fresh fruits–especially pineapple, as it contains bromelain that is known for preventing bruising.
Here is a list of recommendations that you can do post-injection to reduce bruising:
- Use an ice pack: Wrap an ice pack around a clean paper towel and use that to apply to the skin. Do not apply ice directly on the skin. You can ice the area 5-10 minutes at a time several times throughout the day. Ice constricts the blood vessels and lessens the chance of bruising to spread.
- Avoid these supplements/medications post-treatment: The same items that were to be avoided before treatment, including alcohol. These medications/supplements do not affect the outcome of the result but just prolongs and promotes any bruising that may occur.
- Avoid touching the treated area: Avoid massaging or rubbing the treated area for at least 24 hours after the treatment. Touching will make the injectable spread to other untreated areas too. Also, touching an open wound with unclean hands can quickly lead to an infection.
- Apply arnica gel: It is a homeopathic medicine that is used to reduce bruising. Make sure to apply the gel with clean hands every two hours for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
- No topical products: Avoid wearing lipstick or makeup on the treated area (especially the area with open poke marks) for at least for 24 hours after the dermal filler or injectable treatment.