“Everyone will notice, but no one will know!”
5 Tricks to Avoid Bruising after an Injectable Treatment
- Avoid blood thinning medication. Many patients do not realize these common over the counter medications increase your chance of bruising: Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, Advil, and NSAID-containing products (Midol, Excedrin, cold medicine). These should be stopped 2 weeks prior to your treatment, and 2 days after. “But what if I get a headache?” Tylenol is absolutely fine to take as a pain reliever. **If you take these medications for a medical condition, do not stop as controlling the medical condition is likely more important than controlling a bruise!
- Plan a girl’s night out…2 days before your injectable treatment, and a day after. Alcohol has anti-platelet effects, making it easier to bruise; therefore, avoiding alcohol prior to injectable treatments will decrease your risk of bruising.
- Stop vitamins A, E, K…and any herb starting with a G. Ginko Bilboa, Ginsing, and Glucosamine all have blood thinning properties, and therefore-you guessed it- can cause bruising. Also, avoid fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids, and high doses of Green Tea.
- Pick up some fresh pineapple from the grocery store. Fresh pineapple contains bromelein-an enzyme excellent for bruising and inflammation. If the actual fruit has too much sugar or acid for your system, you can find tablets of Bromelein to take instead of pineapple. Eat ½ cup pineapple or take the supplements at least 1 week prior to injection.
- Timing…if you have a big event coming up, plan your treatment at least 2 weeks prior. This allows time for swelling and any bruising to subside. You can also find inexpensive “green tone” concealer to place on any bruise to cancel out the red/purple tone, followed by your “brown flesh tone” base, and remember, to place on any bruise, and lipstick is a beautiful concealer for any bruise on the lip!