Show Your Best Bruise

Show Your Best Bruise

First of all, Bruising is normal!!

Bruising it’s a perfectly normal response to injections; we stress to our patients that they should not be concerned if they do bruise a little. We will always try to avoid bruising, however sometimes our bodies just react negatively to being injected with needles.

What can cause bruising?

Bruising occurs when blood vessels are punctured by the needle used to inject the filler under the skin. Indeed, some degree of bruising should always be expected when having any kind of injection (medical or cosmetic). The reason that lips and tear troughs are so susceptible to bruising is that they are quite vascular, so the veins are harder to avoid.  However, bruising from filler injections is no different to any other type of bruise, such as those from blood tests or immunisations. As with any other, the kind of bruise you get from fillers will usually subside within 5-7 days.

Inherent in any kind of injection is the risk of bruising or swelling – this comes with the territory of putting a sharp needle into the skin. To reduce the chance of bruising, and to contain the bruise (if it happens!), our Aesthetic Health Care Professionals sometimes choose to use a needle called a ‘cannula.’ This is a long, blunt-tip needle. It is used to create one entry point per side of the face. This means that only one injection site is needed, and the bruising may  therefore be contained to just one area.

How do prevent bruising?

Each medical professional will recommend doing different things to either prevent or reduce bruising. We strongly recommend that our patients follow the recommendations of our registered nurses; it is important that you always take the advice of your own injector. This is because each injector will use a slightly different approach and may even use different products. Their advice will be tailored and personalised to their own technique and product, so it is important to listen to them!

We recommend that you avoid taking blood-thinning medications (such as aspirin) for roughly a week before your injections. Of course, if you are under the direct care and prescription of your GP to take these medications, then you should continue to do so. Blood thinning medications prevent blood from clotting as easily, which can make it easier for you to bruise.

La Belle Clinic Home care options

Furthermore, applying Hirudoid or arnica creams onto the bruised area can help reduce the intensity of the bruise, and cause it to fade a little quicker. Applying these creams should be done carefully and gently, to avoid disrupting the position of the filler, and prevent the bruising from getting worse. It is up to you to decide if you think Hirudoid or Arnica will help; Check our home care options at the reception!!

Our aesthetic health care professionals can also give you a cold dressing or ice pack after your injection if they suspect that you will bruise or swell. This causes vaso-constriction, helping to prevent the bruise from bleeding into the tissue, and reducing the overall severity. Ice packs and cold dressings can be applied (gently!) for up to 8 hours post-injection, to have the strongest impact.

What should I do?

Bruising is a minor side effect , the risk of which accompanies any kind of injection, not just fillers. The good news is that, if you bruise, you can easily cover it up by applying a little bit of makeup to the area. (Check our social media for some make up inspirations by our lovely make up artist!)
After a few days, the bruising will subside and you will be as though nothing had ever happened – apart from now, you’re have a fuller, fresher face!

If you have any concerns about bruising, you can always chat to our medical professionals before you are injected, or in a separate consultation. However, keep in mind that just because bruising can happen, doesn’t mean that it will; furthermore, even if it does, it isn’t something to be worried about!

This page is designated to motivate people to be normal human beings and SHOW YOUR BEST BRUISE!

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