How to avoid bruises during injections?

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Scare of bruises caused by injections? First of all, let’s start with this, even the best injectors can give a patient a bruise, red spot or temporary bumps with any of the injectables. To avoid having any serious post-treatment side effects it is always best to go to the most expert injector in your area. Your pre-treatment and post-treatment cares can have a huge effect on these. Here are a few pre and post treatment tips:

Before Treatment

1. Medications to possibly discontinue 7 days before treatment. Some of these may be needed for medical reasons so check with your doctor first. The reason to stop these is that they make your blood less likely to clot which can cause bruising:

  • Aspirin
  • Exedrin
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve, Advil)
  • St. John’s Wart
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginko Bilboa
  • Ginseng
  • Chinese Herbs

2. Stop drinking alcohol 1-2 days prior to injections.
3. No garlic 1-2 days before injections.
4. Take Arnica Montana one-day prior or the morning of injections. You can find Arnica Montana at pharmacies. Don’t take if you have high blood pressure or heart problems.

After Treatment

Some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, bruising, redness, tenderness, itching, and discoloration at the injection site. The intensity and duration of the injection side effects will depend on the treatment aggressiveness and your individual healing characteristics, but normally can last for one to two weeks after the treatment.

1. Remember it can take from 1-7 days for the results of cosmetic treatments to fully evolve settle in. Unless something is really off, most minor problems will resolve in that time by just being patient.
2. Try to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment.
3. No exercise except for walking for 24-48 hours after the procedure. Keep your heart rate under 100. Do not do any inversions in yoga or do hot yoga. Follow any instructions your doctor or nurse gives you.
4. No excessive sun or heat until any initial swelling and redness have resolved.

5. Avoid squeezing or massaging the treated areas for several hours after treatment as this could subtly change the results.
6. Proper and frequent use of sunscreen is always important.
7. No aspirin, Exedrin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil for 2 days after treatment.

8. If unfortunately, you get bruises, you may try papain. Papain is derived from papaya and is thought to help break up the dead materials responsible for the bruise. Patients should also continue to avoid blood thinners and eat foods rich in Vitamin K and pineapple. Eat vegetables rich in Vitamin K such as leafy greens and members of cabbage family – broccoli, cabbage, or spinach.

I hope these information is helpful for you.

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