A Newbie’s Guide to Fillers: 5 Steps to Prevent Bruising

Dermal fillers are a great option to restore firmness and volume in your face. Although fillers can effectively give your face a more youthful look, they can cause bruising.

There are steps, though, that you can take before and after your treatment to avoid bruising. Thomas Lanchoney, MD, of Suite 200 Med Spa in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, shares his expertise and offers five steps to help prevent bruising from dermal fillers.

1. Use an ice pack

Applying ice is the best way to prevent a bruise from forming. Sometimes fillers can damage small blood vessels under your skin. When this happens, the blood from the vessels can leak and get trapped under your skin, which can cause bruising.

Ice packs can help prevent bruising and reduce the size of them if they start forming. Applying an ice pack to your injection site can compress your blood vessels and slow down bleeding. 

Dr. Lanchoney recommends applying an ice pack before your treatment, too. Narrowing blood vessels beforehand can reduce blood flow and lower the risk of bruising. Just ask Dr. Lanchoney for an ice pack before you get your fillers. 

2. Avoid high-impact exercise

Try to avoid rigorous, high-impact exercises for a few days after getting fillers. Exercise raises your heart rate and increases your blood flow, which can increase bruising. 

High-impact workouts, such as running or jumping, can increase blood flow even more and make it harder for damaged blood vessels to heal

3. Don’t take anti-inflammatory medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can make bruising more likely after getting dermal fillers. These drugs can increase bleeding because they interfere with your body’s natural clotting abilities. 

4. Avoid these substances and products

Some of the foods you eat or supplements you take can — to a milder degree — mimic the effects of blood-thinning medications. Dr. Lanchoney recommends avoiding these products 1-2 days before you get fillers:

You can ask Dr. Lanchoney about products to avoid when you see him.

5. Use arnica cream

Applying arnica cream to your skin prior to, and after, you get your filler injections can help prevent bruising. The active ingredients in the arnica plant are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

If you’re interested in getting dermal fillers or want to learn more about how to prevent bruising, book an appointment online or over the phone with Suite 200 Med Spa today.

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