How to Avoid and Prevent Bruising and Swelling After a Dermal Filler Treatment

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Cosmetic surgery is not taboo anymore. This surgical specialty has, over the years, become part of the mainstream and, in many ways, a part of our culture. Not to mention how this branch of medicine has changed the way we view aging, the human body and self-improvement.

Dermal fillers may not be a part of our society’s fabric, like for example breast augmentation surgery, but the public is slowly, but surely, catching up to this phenomenon. Dermal fillers are injections used to fill out wrinkles and ceases, but they can also be used to increase the definition and volume of cheeks and lips. More, expert written information can be found about this dermal fillers treatment here.

If you’re considering having this injectable treatment done, you’re probably wondering how to achieve a successful outcome. Even though surgeons are responsible to “get the job done”, there are some things patients can do. In fact, there is a lot you can do before and after the appointment. Bruising and swelling are probably what you’re scared of the most, so here are 5 things you can do to prevent that from happening:

Avoid NSAIDS and Aspirin

Even though Aspiring and NSAIDS anti-inflammatory drugs, are over-the-counter medicine, in many parts of the world, they are potent “bruisers”. These medications stunt the cells in your bloodstream that stop bruising and bleeding. If these blood cells can’t do their job properly, the chances of getting a bruise are much higher than normal. Avoid Aspirin and NSAIDS a week before a dermal fillers treatment.

Avoid Alcohol

It can be tempting to have a glass of wine after dinner, especially if your treatment is scheduled for tomorrow, but it’s best to avoid alcohol altogether a couple of days before the treatment. Much like NSAIDS and Aspirin, alcohol is also a “bruiser”.

Wait a Few Days After the Treatment to Get Back in the Gym

Some of you may be relieved to find out that exercise (and most physical activity) is not recommended for 24-48 hours after the treatment. Physical activity increases blood flow, heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow – we don’t want that because minimal blood flow is what damaged capillaries need to repair after a treatment, as quickly as possible.

Avoid Vitamin E and Herbal Supplements

Fish oil, Ginseng, Omega 3 acids, green tea, Vitamin E, Ginko are great for you and everyone knows that, but these healthy supplements are also mild blood thinners. They increase your chances of bruising and many of these supplements have “unpredictable”, for want of a better word, effects on bruising and bleeding. It’s best to avoid them at least two weeks before and after the treatment.

Sun Protection

Get a sunscreen sun protection factor of 30 or more. Exposure to sun and heat, especially in the first few days after a dermal fillers treatment won’t help swelling or bruising, it will only make things worse. Use sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection and wear a hat when outdoors.

Swelling and bruising normally last for a couple of weeks after the treatment. There is no need to panic and if you have a really important event to attend to, a good high-level concealer will do the trick. If the swelling and bruising doesn’t go away or at least significantly subside after two weeks, consider consulting a doctor.

Michael Sanduso lives in Toronto, Canada. He is a freelance writer and editor, tech geek, and stay at home father.

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