3 Tips to Prevent Bruising from Injectables

Injectable skin treatments are commonplace. From relaxers to fillers, many of us take advantage or are considering doing so.

Injectable skin treatments are commonplace. From relaxers to fillers, many of us take advantage or are considering doing so. However, even the most cursory of Google searches will bring up the issue of post-treatment bruising.

The following discusses three ways that you can prevent this unwanted aftereffect, meaning you benefit from the smoothest skin to bare to the world at the earliest opportunity.

A Brief Overview of Injectables

  • The difference between fillers and relaxers
  • Common side effects of Injectables (and the reasons why they occur)

The difference between fillers and relaxers 

The two types of injectables in common use are dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers. Both are used to enhance the appearance, reducing the signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, smile lines, forehead creases, thinning lips, drooping jowls, hollow cheeks, crow’s feet, etc.

Fillers work by adding volume to the area, such as the lips and cheeks. Relaxers (such as Botox) cause temporary paralysis of the facial muscles, making lines appear smoother and softer. 

Each can be used in isolation or, very commonly, in conjunction with each other for the best results.

Common side effects of injectables (and the reasons they occur) 

The most common side effects include:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Itching

Less frequently, unwanted effects include:

  • Infection
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Pigment changes
  • Unwanted lumps and bumps

While the procedures are generally considered safe, complications could occur if the technique used is inappropriate. Untrained or unqualified application will increase the risk of side effects and is not advised.

The 3 Golden Rules of Trouble-Free Injectables 

  • Rule #1: Choose your provider with care
  • Rule #2: Follow these simple pre and post-treatment steps
  • Rule#3: Beware the non-clinical practitioner

Rule #1: Choose your provider with care

This is by far the most valuable method to reduce post-procedure bruising. A highly qualified, experienced professional will carry out the treatment in the correct manner, reducing the likelihood of trauma to the facial tissues. While this is rare, they most usually occur due to inappropriate techniques. This is why it’s vital to carry out your due diligence as to a provider’s credentials before you undergo treatment. 

Rule #2: Follow these simple pre and post-treatment steps

  • Alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate, increasing the risk of bruising. Therefore, it’s advisable to refrain from drinking alcohol for 24 hours before treatment and a couple of days afterward. 
  • Likewise, avoid any supplements or medication that thins the blood. This would include NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil, Motrin, etc.), aspirin, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, vitamin E, garlic, chia seeds, and anything that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Don’t over-exercise for a couple of days after the treatment. Because exercise increases blood flow, it also increases the chances of bruising.
  • Use ice packs after treatment to constrict the blood vessels. This will help to reduce any bleeding under the skin at the injection site (bruising is what we see when blood pools beneath the skin). As an aside, you might also want to do this just beforehand for the numbing effect.
  • Try a course of arnica both before and after the event. This is a long-proven natural remedy for the treatment of bruises.

Rule #3: Beware the non-clinical practitioner

Although this might seem like a repeat of rule 1, it’s really important to know that, while state-by-state rules differ slightly, only registered medical practitioners are legally allowed to administer injectables in most areas.

However, in some states, Aestheticians and medical assistants are allowed to legally carry out the procedures. You should be aware that these people have not undergone the medical training that licensed physicians, physician assistants, and nurses have done. A lack of expertise and knowledge of facial anatomy is yet another reason that bruising and other unwanted (and sometimes serious) side effects might occur.

Want the Ultimate in Injectables? Head to Bayou City Dermatology Today

In case the penny hasn’t quite dropped yet, the only way to ensure the best results with no unwanted side effects is to only entrust your precious visage to the experts. At Bayou City Dermatology all of our injectable practitioners are highly qualified and experienced at their craft. And a craft it is—the end result of your injectable treatment is directly linked to the skill of the person carrying it out. 

So, if you’re seeking the best South Florida service for any kind of injectable treatment, then get in touch with our friendly, discreet team today to book your consultation.

Visit https://www.bayoucitydermatology.com/clinical to find out more.