Swelling and bruising after restylane on tear troughs and marionette lines. Should I worry? (Photo)
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Bruising/swelling after restylane
Bruising and swelling after Restylane injections
One of the potential side effects of Restylane injections are bruising and swelling locally at the site of injection. These side effects should minimize and disappear in about a week. Continue to ice and take Arnica and it will hopefully go away sooner. Some patients have told me that eating pineapple has helped heal the bruising faster.
Bruising & Swelling From Fillers Common, Usually Nothing To Worry About, But Not Inevitable With Proper Precautions
Going forward, however, before future treatments, it would be wise to abstain for at least a week prior to anticipated tretment--if medically permitted to do so, of course---from the use of aspirin or aspirin-containing products, NSAIDs, vitamin E, supplements, such as garlic, ginseng, and ginko biloba, since all of these prolong bleeding ("thin the blood"), which in turn increases the likelihood of bruising. Heavy alcohol consumption within twenty-four hours of treatment may likewise do so and should be avoided.
Regarding the physician's end, you should be sure that the physician injector you choose has experience and expertise in injecting fillers, particularly in the tricky and delicate area under the eyes that is more prone to bruising owing to the abundance of capillaries in the area. The use of blunt cannulas for injection that require only one injection point to cover large areas can also reduce the likelihood (not eliminate) of bruising. And as an additional benefit, fewer skin pricks generally translates into less bruising and swelling and less pain.
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Icing, Arnica (topical or oral) and avoiding all aspirin or aspirin based products for the next couple of days should help, but understand that this swelling and bruising may last you a couple weeks so be patient. Should you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, you should schedule a follow up appointment with your physician.
Bruising and swelling after Restylane to tear troughs
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Tear trough fillers
Swelling and bruising after restylane on tear troughs and marionette lines. Should I worry?
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