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Tips on ways to prevent bruising from injectables

photo of a man having a Botox injection at a beauty clinicInjectables used in the dermatological field of medicine can correct deep facial lines and wrinkles, activate collagen production and generally turn back the clock on aging. LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, located in Johns Creek and serving the Atlanta area including Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell and Cumming, offers patients anti-aging injectable treatments such as Sculptra, Selphyl, hyaluronic acid fillers, and Botox/Dysport. These injectables are safe, though they may cause a few minor side effects.

Ways to Avoid Bruising From Injectables

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the most commonly performed nonsurgical procedures in 2011 were injectable fillers and neuromodulators (such as Botox). One of the most common side effects that can occur after treatment with injectables is bruising at the injection site.

For those who want to reap the rewards offered by dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane injectables, there are some things you can do to keep bruising to a minimum.

Avoid taking certain medications: For about three days to a week prior to getting your injections, try not to take certain medicines that increase the risk of bruising. These include:

  • NSAIDs: aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen
  • Steroids, like prednisone
  • Antihistamines
  • Blood thinners (please check with your physician first)


Aspirin and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve) are the most likely substances to cause post-injectable bruising. If you require a pain medication in the week before receiving your injectable treatment, consider using acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead.

Avoid taking certain supplements: Also, for seven to ten days before your appointment, it’s a good idea to keep away from taking these supplements, as many of them act much like blood thinners do, on a smaller scale:

  • Green tea extract
  • Fish oil
  • Ginkgo
  • Garlic
  • Vitamin E
  • Cod liver oil
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Ginseng
  • Flaxseed oil


Eat fresh pineapple: A couple of days prior to and one day after your injection appointment, eat 2-3 servings of fresh pineapple. The natural chemical, bromelain, contained in fresh (not canned or frozen) pineapple, can reduce skin inflammation and help fade bruises quickly.

Limit alcohol consumption: Wine and alcohol can increase bruise formation, much in the same way that NSAIDs and aspirin do. Avoid drinking either the evening before and after your injectable treatment.

Skip your workout: Don’t indulge in any vigorous exercise regime aside from walking for at least 24-48 hours after your injectable treatment. Your capillaries need a rest afterwards so they can repair themselves. An increased heart rate, blood pressure and flow can interfere with this healing process.

Use an ice pack: You’ll want to constrict your blood vessels, both before and after your injection to minimize bruising and desensitize the area. Arnica gel is also useful for treating swelling.

Numbing cream: There are numbing creams available that help prevent bruising and lessen discomfort during the injection treatment. Ask Jean Chapman, M.D. at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic if you require a numbing cream when receiving an injectable like Selphyl, a natural volumizer for skin.

Choose a highly qualified injectable specialist: It’s important that you seek out an experienced medical doctor who understands the techniques involved in administering micro-injections. Jean Chapman, M.D. is highly experienced in the field of aesthetic medicine and is an expert in performing the latest injectable techniques.

Though there is no guarantee that you won’t experience some amount of bruising following an injectable treatment, following the tips outlined above should help lessen your need for using concealer makeup afterwards.

Note: This article is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about injectables, make an appointment at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic with Jean Chapman, M.D. today.

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