Treatment Tips: Avoiding “The Bruise”


Non-surgical injectables are very popular cosmetic treatments and for good reason. They are relatively easy, quick, and have little or no downtime… unless, of course, you get the dreaded bruise.

Prior to the increased popularity of injectable procedures, if you had a bruise on your face, particularly around the eye, family, friends, even co-workers would ask what happened and wonder about your wellbeing. These days the question is just as likely to be, what did you have injected? More polite friends may not ask anything at all to avoid offending you. While the best defense against bruising is prevention, there are ways to speed up the healing process if you do bruise.

Factors That Play a Role in BruisingMedications / Supplements can thin the blood and increase your chance of bruising.
  • Vitamin E, herbals, aspirin, Motrin
  • Green tea
  • Alcohol
Certain injection areas are more likely to cause bruising, including the eyes and around the mouth. Because fillers are injected closer to the skin compared with Botox, they are more likely to result in visible bruising.
Age is also a factor. The older you are, the more likely you are to be at risk for bruising.

If You Get a Bruise…If you do experience bruising, apply ice for the next 24 to 48 hours, keep your head elevated and try not to increase your blood pressure. After 48 hours use warm compresses to increase circulation to the bruise area, which will help to flush it out. Alternating warm and cold compresses is also helpful.

Home RemediesThere are options right at your fingertips to minimize and treat injection-related bruising. After your injections try these home remedies:
  • Oral arnica montana, bromelain (better yet, eat pineapple or papaya)
  • Cayenne pepper mixed with Vaseline
    Warm 5 T Vaseline to liquid and add 1 T cayenne pepper. Mix, cool, and apply.
  • Increased Vitamin C intake
  • Natural oils
    Use olive oil to gently massage the affected area. The olive has antiseptic properties.
  • Raw potato
    Grate and place on eyes for 15 minutes.
  • Foods rich in vitamin K
    Spinach, parsley, broccoli, brussels sprouts, romaine, lettuce.
Getting a Bruise Is Not…The worst complication to have, but it can make you feel uncomfortable and self conscious about getting elective aesthetic procedures. As I tell all my patients, only proceed with injectable treatments if you are willing to deal with “The bruise.” The good news is that bruising is temporary and manageable. You can also never underestimate the power of a good concealer.
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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon