How can I minimize post-procedure bruising?


The biggest, best thing you can do to minimize post-procedure bruising is to review your medications and supplements 2 - 3 weeks prior to your appointment. If daily aspirin or other blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix, etc) have been prescribed by your doctor, then we need to discuss that in person before you would come off those. However, if like many, you take a daily aspirin because ‘it’s good for you’, then you can afford to be off the aspirin for a couple of weeks.

Like aspirin, most over-the-counter pain medications such as Motrin, Aleve, Nuprin, Excedrin, etc, will also contribute to bruising. We recommend stopping these at least 2-4 weeks prior to any procedure. Only Tylenol will not affect how much you bruise.

In addition, there are trends in which supplements are popular, such as taking the Omega-3’s, fish oil and flax seed oil. Many people also take glucosamine chondroitin, and most vitamin fans still take Vitamin E and garlic pills, etc. These are just a few of the supplements that are potent blood thinners and taking them will make your bruising much worse than necessary whether for surgery or even facial injectables.

There are also some helpful things to do to promote healing. We recommend either eating lots of fresh pineapple or taking Bromelase enzyme tablets for 3-4 days prior to a procedure or even the Arnica Montana pills or gel immediately after any procedure and for the following several days. Just as important is applying ice compresses several times per day for the first few days. Cosmetic procedure side effects can certainly be bruising and swelling, but we do always do our best to suggest the right routines to help you enjoy the benefits of your new look quickly.

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Palm Beach Gardens Oculoplastic Surgeon