Many people ask us how they can minimise bruising and swelling from treatments with injectables.
So here goes…
First of all, it’s important to understand that even the best injectors in the country can sometimes give a patient a bruise, red spot or temporary bump when using injectables. The areas around the eyes and lips are especially vulnerable because there are more blood vessels there. Also, some people just tend to bruise more easily and take longer to recover from this type of treatment.
However, there’s a lot you can do a lot to help yourself in the weeks leading up to your treatment. Here are some pre-treatment tips that can help you minimise downtime, reduce bruising and swelling and heal faster.
It’s best to stop taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or blood thinning medication you may be taking two weeks before your procedure, unless of course, it’s medically necessary. This is because this type of medication thins the blood and reduces clotting, which makes bruising more likely after the procedure. You should always ask your doctor’s advice before discontinuing this type of medication.
You should also avoid taking natural supplements that have the same effect on the blood, and this includes some things you may not have thought of, like fish oil supplements, Omega-3s, gingko biloba, St John’s Wart, Vitamin E, garlic and ginseng. It’s best to stop taking these two weeks beforehand as well.
Say no to alcohol (just for a while)
Alcohol also acts as a blood thinner, so give it a miss for a few days before an injection. It’s worth the effort as you should have less bleeding, bruising, and swelling during and after your treatment.
Cut the caffeine
Avoid caffeine for about 24 hours before your procedure and avoid other foods or drinks that have a dehydrating tendency, as this could slow the healing process.
Cease the salt
It’s a good idea to reduce your salt intake for a couple of days before your appointment, especially if you’re getting dermal filler. Injectable fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which binds to water, so reducing your intake of salty foods can help reduce the appearance of swelling after your procedure.
What CAN I take?
Some people report that they have achieved good results when it comes to minimising bruising by taking Arnica Montana in the days leading up to their appointment. Again, check with your doctor before going ahead as it may not be suitable if you have certain medical conditions.
Many practitioners advise eating fresh pineapple or taking Bromelain supplements three days before and one week after injections.
Try to drink plenty water in the lead-up to your treatment, as this will help the skin to be plump and hydrated before your treatment and assist in the healing process.
And of course it’s always best to avoid planning any important work or social events for up to a week after treatment. If you are very susceptible to bruising, make it two weeks.
In our next post, we’ll cover what to do after you have injectables…
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