• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG
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Injectable wrinkle treatments such as Wrinkle reduction treatment , Restylane and Juvederm are some of the best ways to get rid of furrows and lines. However, one of the most common side effects of these treatments is bruising. This occurs when capillaries are punctured, causing blood to leak in the surrounding areas.

But the good news is that there are effective ways to minimize and even prevent bruising. Here are the 10 effective ways you can do.

Tip #1: Refrain from NSAIDs and related products.
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and Aspirin are potent ‘bruisers’. How they work? They are blood thinners, which causes more bleeding in your blood vessels are damaged. This results to further bruising of the area. Due to NSAIDs effect of thinning the blood, it stuns platelets from sealing off little capillaries that are punctured during the treatment. Avoid these drugs at least one week before your Wrinkle reduction treatment . If you want to take pain medication, better take Tylenol as an alternative.

Tip #2: Avoid Vitamin E, Green Tea and Herbal Supplements
Certain herbal supplements such as St. John’s Wart, Red Yeast, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Fish oil, Ginseng, Flaxseed Oil and Green Tea, as well as Vitamin E have mild blood thinning effects and can increase the likelihood of bruising. Specifically, green tea extract is known to have potent ‘blood thinning effect’ so better lessen, if not, avoid taking these supplement before getting any injectable wrinkle treatments.

Tip #3: Avoid Alcohol
Like Aspirin and NSAIDs, alcohol and wine also have some mild anti-coagulation effects. This will increase the chance of bruising in the area. Better avoid alcohol before and the after 24 hours of your treatment.

Tip #4: Apply cold compress
Cold applied to skin will constrict blood vessels, making the blood vessels smaller in diameter. This will lower the chances of the needle hitting capillaries. In addition, the cold sensation will provide a numbing effect so you’ll feel less pain. Apply cold compress on the area before and after your injection.

Tip #5: No strenuous exercise after the treatment
Damaged capillaries require two things to heal themselves – your platelets and a relaxed blood flow. Physical activity or exercise can cause rapid pumping of the heart, leading to increase in blood pressure and blood flow, including the capillaries damaged during the treatment.

Tip #6: Protect the treated area from UV rays
Avoid excessive sun exposure after initial redness and swelling have resolved. Make sure you use proper sunscreen to protect the treated area. When walking outdoors, wear a hat.

Tip #7: Use numbing cream
Your injector can apply numbing cream 30 minutes prior to the treatment to help prevent bruising and help lessen the pain from injection. This creams have vaso-constricting effect that makes blood vessels smaller.

Tip #8: Look for a qualified injector
This advice may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s best to err on the side of caution. There are numerous unqualified injectors that offer extremely low prices. Be very caution getting Wrinkle reduction treatment or dermal filler injections from these clinics as they tend to use counterfeit products.

What to Do If You Bruise

If you still bruise, keep applying cold compress on the area. A superior quality concealer will be very useful to hide the bluish spots. Next, you can take Bromelain or Arnica pill as directed by your injector.

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