I've had sculptra injections each fall since...
I've had sculptra injections each fall since 2005. It hurts a bit going it, but the discomfort is manageable. In the beginning, I bruised A LOT. I have learned to eliminate wine for 4 days before, and also stop taking fish oil, vitamin e and pain relievers such as aspirin in the days before. I also took Sin-Ecch this time, which is supposed to help with bruising. The first year I had a small lump (only I could tell that it was there) but not lumps thereafter. I ice and massage dilligently, using arnica ointment and vitamin K cream. I cover the small bruises with Jane Iredale facial powder - dotted on with a brush. I have been injected in my cheeks below my eyes, naso-labial folds and chin area. Just saw my photos from 2005, and I do not appear to have aged since them! This is very worth the money spent - another $800 this year. I have no desire to plump my lips, but this type of overall facial collagen augmentation is perfect for me.
Bruising with Sculptra Injections: I've had...
Bruising with Sculptra Injections: I've had sculptra injected 5 times now over a period of 5 years. I've learned a thing or two about minimizing bruising.
Eliminate blood thinners: aspirin, red wine/alcohol, vitamin e, fish oil and ginkgo. Google your siupplements for blood thinning action if you are unsure. I'm pretty sure that vitamin e and fish oil intake made for more bruising after my first few procedures.
Use Sinecch (oral arnica) before the procedue and during recovery.
I first three times I had scuptra injections I had them simultaneously with thermage...which heated my dermis and made the bruising gastly. Now I have the scuptra injections separate from other procedures. Ice BEFORE the procedue to shrink blood vessels and reduce risk needle nicking and resultant bleeding.
I alternate massage with vitamin K cream, arnica cream and ice in between massaging. I got one small nodule near my mounth 5 years ago and it has now dissappeared. I massage vigorously without regard to bruising and have resonded well to every treatment. It has been well worth the time and expense.
While still bruised, I use Jane Iredale loose powder dabbed on the dark spots to camoflage. I've had sculptra under my eyes, in cheeks, maroinette lines, chin and even a bit in my upper lip.