Avoiding Bruising Following Dermal Filler Procedures
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we pride ourselves on transparency and honesty. We provide numerous fantastic cosmetic medical spa procedures like Botox, Juvederm and many others, and while these are amazing products that will blow you away with their benefits and effectiveness, we avoid exaggerating their effects or making any outlandish promises we can’t back up.
One additional area this includes is informing patients of potential minor side effects, with the word “minor” serving as the operative one here, as most of our procedures come with extremely limited risks that aren’t particularly common. But one area that does occasionally crop up during Botox or other dermal filler procedures is bruising around the site area – and while this risk may be partially genetic and outside your control, there are actually a few steps you can take to minimize your risk of minor bruising after these services. Let’s look at a few tips we can offer here.
Some important areas to consider before you even attend your first treatment using a dermal filler:
Plan for a few days to a week of recovery time, including possible minor bruising. Most of this can be covered using makeup, however.
Medication: Any medication that may thin your blood, such as Aspirin, Excedrin, Ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E and certain others, should be discontinued at least a week before receiving a filler. These may make your blood more likely to bruise. If you do need pain medication, look to Tylenol, which does not have blood thinning properties.
Food and drink: Try to avoid alcohol on the night before your injections as this could thin your blood
If you’ve had sores or skin issues near the site of injection, speak to your doctor beforehand and consider an anti-viral medication to protect the area.
We may apply a numbing cream before injections, which will both help prevent bruising and increase your comfort.
We will also provide ice if needed, as this is very soothing for many people.
If any spots begin to bleed during the procedure, we will apply pressure and ice to prevent bruising.
In most cases, Dr. Jepson will be able to tell you almost immediately after injections whether bruising is likely – this is based on his experience and ability to assess basic visual factors.
Know that certain symptoms, including swelling, redness, itching and yes, even bruising, are normal and may take place. They do not mean anything is wrong.
Sun: Avoid major sun exposure until all redness or visible skin issues have gone away. If you must be in the sun, wear proper sunscreen.
Touch: Do your best to avoid touching, massaging or squeezing the treated areas for at least several hours, and multiple days if you can.
An herbal remedy called Arnica Montana has been shown to be helpful in speeding the healing time if bruising does occur.
For more on avoiding bruising following Botox or other dermal filler procedures, or to learn about any of our medical spa services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.