New to Dermal Fillers? Follow These Steps to Prevent Bruising Before Your First Treatment

If you’ve got lines and wrinkles that make you look older, dermal fillers can help turn back the clock. Fillers fill lines and plump up your skin to give you a younger look. Unfortunately, injecting dermal fillers can cause bruising. If you follow these steps before your first treatment at Boat Club Medical Spa in Fort Worth, Texas, you can prevent or minimize bruising.

Dermal fillers explained

Fat is usually considered a bad thing, but facial subcutaneous fat gives you a healthy, youthful look. Unfortunately, as you age, you lose some subcutaneous fat, and your face loses volume, creating a sunken or hollow look.

Age causes skin to stretch and sag, creating lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth. Your genes and exposure to the sun’s rays also make lines and folds in your face.

Dermal fillers fill lines, wrinkles, and hollows in your face. The gel-like material is injected beneath your skin to enhance contours and restore volume. More than 1 million people choose dermal fillers each year, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Many people consider the procedure to be a quicker, more cost-effective alternative to surgery.

Here are some common uses for dermal fillers:

  • Define facial contours
  • Plump up lips
  • Fill sunken cheeks
  • Restore facial volume
  • Diminish lip lines and crow’s feet
  • Smooth chin creases

All about the black-and-blues

Bruising around the injection site is a common side effect of a dermal filler procedure.  Studies show that 19% to 68% of dermal filler patients show some bruising for up to one week.

You’re more prone to bruising if you’re older with thin and fragile skin, malnourished, have a vitamin C or iron deficiency, or drink alcohol the day before your treatment.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take to prevent or minimize bruising.

Step 1

Stop taking any medicine or vitamins that could affect the way your blood clots. Discuss the timing with Dr. Davis at Boat Club Medical Spa.

Step 2

Eat fresh pineapple for a week or two before your dermal filler appointment. Fresh pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which is thought to decrease bruising.

Step 3

Take the herbal product arnica five days before treatment. Arnica can help reduce swelling and healing time.

Step 4

Don’t drink alcohol for at least two days before your procedure. Alcohol can cause your blood vessels to dilate, which will increase bruising.

If you think dermal fillers will help you regain your youthful look, visit our website today to schedule an appointment at Boat Club Medical Spa in Fort Worth, Texas.

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