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How to Avoid Bruising with Fillers

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What do you do to avoid bruising with fillers? The swelling, lumps and bumps that can happen when you receive Botox and fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Sculptra?

Your pre-treatment actions can have a big effect on whether you will have bruising and swelling.  So here are a few pre-treatment tips that can help you avoid any bruising. Remember to make sure to follow the instructions your doctor gives you and ask any questions you have before the day of your procedure.

Even the best injectors in the country can give a patient a bruise, red spot or temporary bumps with any cosmetic injectable. It is always best to go to the most expert injector in your area to avoid having any serious post-treatment side effects.

No matter who you choose to do your injections, it is always best to avoid planning any important work or social events for 2-7 days after treatments. You may need to plan for 2 weeks to heal if you bruise easily. Most bruises can be with make-up, but not all.  If you have an important event like a wedding or a reunion, I recommend having fillers done 3-4 weeks before the big day, as sometimes bruises can last for up to 14 days.

 Avoid Bruising with Fillers Before Treatment

Your results will depend on how well you and your doctor communicate about what you want and expect.  If you are both clear and realistic, treatments have a tendency to to go well.

Here is a list of medications to possibly discontinue 7 days before treatment. Some of these may be needed for medical reasons so check with your doctor first.  The reason to stop these medications is that they make your blood thinner which can cause bruising.

  • Aspirin
  • Excedrin
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil)
  • John’s Wart
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin E
  • Gingko Bilboa
  • Ginseng
  • Stop drinking alcohol 1-2 days prior to injections.
  • No garlic 1-2 days before injections.
  • No Bromelain supplements (pineapple extract) can have some serious side effects

If you have ever had a cold sore be sure to talk to your doctor before treatment.  They will most likely prescribe you Valtrex or another anti-viral medication to prevent an outbreak.