Post Treatment Bruises – what can be done about it?
One of the most common side effects of aesthetic procedures like wrinkle reduction injections and filler is the dreaded bruise. Even non surgical procedures such as Laser therapy, Ultherapy, Thermage and treatment around the eyes to reduce skin laxity and remove eye bags carry a small risk of post treatment bruising.
What causes bruising?
Bruising is caused by small injuries to tiny blood vessels that are just below the surface of the skin. These vessels can be injured by the sharp end of a needle when used to inject Botulinum, Filler or Local Anaesthesia. Radiofrequency, ultrasound or laser energy when applied to the surface of the skin, can cause a sudden increase in blood flow through tiny capillaries just under the skin surface, causing very superficial injuries to these fragile vessels.
Prevention is better than cure…
The first line of treatment is to minimise the risk of bruising in the first place. These are 5 simple yet effective steps your aesthetic doctor should take to prevent the occurrence of bruising in the first place…
Nevertheless, bruising is something that can occur every once in a while despite taking all possible measures to avoid them. So, here are the most effective treatments available for bruises…
To speed healing and minimize the appearance of existing bruises, I recommend trying topical vitamin K cream. In one study, patients who had received laser treatment had significant reductions in bruising after applying vitamin K to the affected areas.
Arnica montana cream is another tried-and-true remedy for healing bumps and bruises; this homeopathic remedy is also available as sublingual tablets.
And don’t overlook Bromelain, a pineapple enzyme that has been shown to reduce trauma-related inflammation and swelling.
All of these are readily available in my clinic should there be a need, as there should be no delay in starting treatment. Treating bruising as soon as it occurs is the best possible way to eradicate them quickly. If your aesthetic doctor does not have these remedies available, you can get your hands on them from health food stores or through online retailers.