SF 415 255-9510  |  MARIN 415 464-8801

SF 415 255-9510  |  MARIN 415 464-8801

Minimizing Bruising From Botox and Fillers

minimize bruising from facial injections

Bruising of the treated area from Botox and dermal fillers is one of the biggest concerns people have before receiving aesthetic injectable treatments. The following are steps we take and suggestions for you to follow to keep any bruising to a minimum.

What We Do at the Time of Your Treatment
The numbing creams we use can help constrict blood vessels, which reduces your chances of bruising. We may advise you to apply ice packs on and off for up to eight hours after treatment.

How You Can Prepare Before and Plan After Your Treatment
Avoid taking supplements with blood thinning effects. Some supplements that have blood thinning effects include fish oil, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, green tea, and vitamin E. These should be discontinued seven days prior to getting fillers. These may increase bleeding especially if you’re taking blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin (warfarin) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Avoid non-essential blood thinning medications. A number of medications make your blood less likely to clot. These include aspirin, Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). These should be discontinued seven days before and one day following your appointment. If you need to take a pain medication we suggest Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you are taking prescription blood thinners such as Coumadin or Plavix it is not recommended to discontinue them due to their medical necessity. However you should be aware of the increased risk of bruising if you are taking them.

• Don’t drink alcohol 24 hours prior to your treatment. Alcohol has anti-platelet effects and increases your chances of bruising.
• Discontinue exercise for 24 to 48 hours after treatment. Physical activity increases your heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow. Minimal blood flow allows damaged capillaries to repair faster.
• If the lips were treated do not put pressure on them with a straw, water bottle nozzle, etc. for one week.
• Do not put significant pressure on treated areas for one week (like laying face down on a massage table cradle)
• Should bruising still occur it may be covered with makeup although no makeup can cover bruising, redness and swelling completely.

Therefore plan accordingly prior to your treatment and afterwards. An important part of getting cosmetic injections is timing. Try to make your appointments at least two weeks prior to a big event just in case you have swelling or bruising.

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The front desk staff are super sweet and helpful. They always ask exactly what I want and I never feel like I'm being 'upsold' or encouraged to do anything other than what I came in for. I would highly recommend HVME to anybody that is on the unsure about trying some of the services they offer. You won't be disappointed. Thank you!!
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This was my first experience with any filler/injection treatment and it was very pleasant, professional and everyone there made me feel safe, welcome and I felt very knowledgeable coming out of my treatment about what to expect. I will absolutely be back!
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Diana at the front desk is so sweet, the medical assistant was amazing & personable and Kate who did my procedure is my favorite! As I walked out and met my husband, I told him how much I enjoy being there & what a good vibe Hayes has.
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Sheila and Linda took great care of me and I look younger and vibrant.  I do not trust anyone else for injectables.  Linda is careful, thoughtful, and respectful of one’s budget. I have followed her from Marin into SF and I will continue to follow her where ever she practices.
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