To decrease the risk of bruising, if possible discontinue for two weeks any blood thinning medications and supplements and herbs such as:
Plan your treatment no sooner than two weeks before any important social engagements in the event you do bruise.
Plan for “down-time” as recommended by your provider, usually 3 days of swelling.
To help decrease bruising, consider taking Arnica Montana or bromelain supplements. Bromelain is also found in pineapple, so you may try eating lots of fresh pineapple or juicing a fresh, ripe pineapple. The core has the highest concentration of bromelain.
Consider purchasing Arnica gel to apply after the treatment to help in swelling/ bruising.
Anyone who receives fillers might benefit from a good concealer at home. If used only for a short period after filler treatments, you can keep it in the refrigerator to make it last longer. Any department store, cosmetics store, or drug store carry concealer. Also, we have an excellent Mineral Corrector Palette available for purchase at the front desk.
Have ice packs ready in your freezer, preferably flexible to bend around the contours of your face. Bags of frozen peas also work well for this.
Immediately after treatment:
We will provide an ice pack to gently use on the areas treated. Remember you are still numb from the lidocaine, so do not hold the ice on one spot for more than a few seconds at a time. The numbness should subside in an hour or so.
Avoid applying anything to the area for at least 20 minutes if possible. This allows the tiny needle injuries in your skin to heal before introducing potential bacteria. Arnica gel is OK and may help decrease swelling and bruising.
Over the first few hours, limit moving the areas treated to allow the filler to “gel” into place.
Over the next 24 hours:
Over the next two weeks:
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please call our office at 650-363-0300.