The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimated that Americans spent roughly 2.5 billion dollars in injectables, primarily Botox and dermal fillers, last year. Here at our San Diego cosmetic surgery practice, we have also noticed that a growing number of men and women are looking into injectables as a means of looking more refreshed and naturally youthful.
The soaring popularity of injectables can be attributed to several factors. First, majority of these procedures do not involve long hours at the in-office clinic. In fact, injectables here at our practice are often referred to as lunchtime procedures. Second, they do not require longer recovery periods thus here is no need for you to take a few days off from work or school. Lastly, desired outcomes are immediately noticed.
Why Bruising is Most Likely to Happen After Having Injectables
Like all types of cosmetic procedures, injectables have their own set of risks and bruising is one of these. Injectables are most likely to injure the surrounding tiny capillaries around the injection site resulting to blood leakage and collection around the area. Hence, the appearance of skin discoloration.
What You Can Do About It
Fortunately, bruising after having injectables can be prevented or reduced in severity by taking the following steps before and after the procedure:
Avoid blood-thinning medications a week or two before your injectable appointment. These include common over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil) and supplements such as Vitamin E, ginseng, gingko biloba, St. John’s Wort, and Omega-3 fatty acids. The same goes for coumadin, a popular prescription drug in avoiding conditions that has to do with abnormal blood clotting. Try to seek alternatives for the aforementioned.
Avoid wine and alcoholic beverages at least 48-72 hours before your injectable appointment. Their anti-clotting properties may increase your bleeding risk. The same goes for green tea.
Increase your intake of foods rich in Vitamin K as they have the ability to make the blood more viscous and less likely to leak to blood vessels. Here’s a quick list of common foods rich in Vitamin K.
Apply cold packs to the injection site for at least 10 minutes every hour after the procedure. This will help constrict the blood vessels around the area and reduce the risk of swelling and bruising.
If you have an important event to attend to following the procedure, find a good brand of makeup to cover up the bruises.
Lastly, choose a qualified and highly experienced injector. By and large, the injector of your choice should have knowledge on facial anatomy and the necessary steps needed to reduce bruising to a minimum.
If you’d like to learn more about injectables, we encourage you to get in touch with us today! Call us at (619) 420-1840 or fill out our contact form to schedule your private consultation. We’d love to hear from you!