How to Minimize Bruising and Swelling After Injections

How to Minimize Bruising and Swelling After Injections

They say pain is beauty, and bruising is just apart of the package. It’s a common occurrence with many cosmetic procedures for scarring, swelling, and bruising to occur. Your looks will be improved in the long run, but treating the initial trauma is just another step in the road to a more beautiful you.

While all these tips are crucial, the most important prevention tip is to see a doctor you trust. Without this, bruising and swelling will be the least of your concerns; botched injections can lead to permanent drooping or blood vessel blockage.

You may not see the final results for weeks or even months later, but here are some treatment tips to make you feel comfortable showing your face in public while you heal:

Plan accordingly

The best way to deal with bruising is to prepare as much as possible before your procedure. Make sure you have no major events soon after, at least 2 weeks is recommended. 

Moisturize intensely for the months leading up to the procedure for the best results, and incorporate an ultra-hydrating moisturizer into your skincare routine. Look for products that are high in glycerin and hyaluronic acid, as it’s been known to enhance results of fillers and provide smoother results.

Alcohol and ibuprofen are well-known blood thinners, so doctors recommend backing off in the days leading up to your procedure. Certain supplements are recommended to not be taken two weeks prior. Fish oils, ginseng, vitamin E, ginkgo, flaxseed, and ginger can also thin the blood and cause clotting, making bruising worse. 

Tending to bruising

If you bruise easily, ask your doctor beforehand to ice the section being worked on for a few minutes before injections. Rather than a traditional needle, inquire about blunt-tip cannulas, as these tend to be more accurate. Also ask about infrared lighting to find any small, hard-to-see veins that need to be avoided to curb irritation.

Generally, your doctor will offer a complimentary laser treatment to curve bruising. However, it’s still recommended to use a cold compress for 3-5 minutes every hour afterward to keep swelling down.  Ask your doctor about medication such as arnica gels or patches and oral bromelain supplements. Taken within three days after the procedure, these can speed healing and decrease inflammation. 

Avoid hot, sweaty activities for 48 hours as these can open up blood vessels and make healing worse. This includes but isn’t limited to saunas, jacuzzis, hot showers, and working out. 

Get the right camouflage

Before you go, make sure you have a stockpile of foundation and loose powder. Thicker foundations are better, but watch out for brands that use fragrances or are not hypoallergenic.  

Have darker bronzers on hand to contour any swelling. Concealer will help with any scars or bruising. Color-correction can help diminish bruising as well, along with toning red, irritated skin.

As usual, make sure to carefully and fully cleanse every night. Proper makeup removal is always important, but especially crucial after a procedure. Thoroughly read and research the ingredients in your face wash to make sure it can handle the job of removing your thicker-than-normal camouflage. 

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