Bruising after fillers, mesotherapy or biorevitalization is a normal and fairly common side effect of injections. Medical estheticians do their best to prevent bruises, yet they don’t guarantee that you will have none. Therefore, you should be prepared that you might not look your best a few days after the rejuvenating treatment. Why do hematomas appear and when the risk of their formation is especially high? Is there a chance of speeding up rehabilitation or removing them altogether? What to apply to the affected skin areas?
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WHY BRUISING AFTER FILLERS APPEARS & HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Small bruises at the injection sites after administration of skin rejuvenating products based on hyaluronic acid are not considered a complication and, as a rule, disappear on their own within 10-14 days.
Hemorrhages occur due to minor injuries of the skin and blood vessels, without which an injection is physically impossible.
There will be even more bruises, when it comes to multiple injections (such technique is used in biorevitalization or mesotherapy, as a rule).
Active facial expressions in the areas of filler or other products administration lead to additional microtraumas. Moreover, they aggravate the process.
OTHER RISK FACTORS
- Increased fragility of blood vessels. It can be hereditary (genetically determined) or acquired. For example, as a result of the patient’s regular smoking. It increases the likelihood of bruises, and their number is greater.
- Blood clotting disorder. Congenital or resulting from the intake of thinning drugs, it is considered a direct contraindication to any rejuvenating treatments, which involve injections.
- Administration of high-density fillers in large quantities. For example, for large-scale lips or cheekbones augmentation. Such treatments often lead to compression and traumatization of the vessels located at the injection site. In this case, large bruises are far from the worst option, because they can completely stop the blood supply in the affected skin area and cause its subsequent necrosis.
- Violation by the patient of key post-procedural recommendations. Intensive smoking, alcohol consumption, visiting a bath or sauna, swimming pool, tanning bed, rubbing or pressure on the skin at the injection site results in an additional load over the vessels, which contributes to their damage.
Large bruises usually appear in places with active blood flow and thin, sensitive skin – primarily on and around the lips, as well as around the eyes and in the upper third of the nasolabial folds.
Small bruises can occur all over the injected surface of the face during mesotherapy or biorevitalization, since it is impossible to perform several dozens injections without damaging a single capillary wall.
HOW TO PREVENT BRUISING AFTER FILLERS?
To reduce the number and volume of subcutaneous hemorrhages, it is sufficient to follow a number of simple recommendations:
- Avoid using blood thinning drugs a few days before the treatment, including Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Diclofenac. Alcohol has the same effect, so better abstain from alcohol, as well.
- Come to the clinic a little earlier than the scheduled time, so that you recover your breath, have time to calm down and take some time off from the road, thereby allowing your vessels to taper to a normal state.
- Don’t undergo treatments with dermal fillers and other cosmetic products during your period, as well as a couple of days before it.
In order to reduce the number of skin punctures during injections, specialists sometimes use a special technique, in which they do not remove the needle completely, but only change the depth and direction of its movement. When the treatment is finished, follow a few more precautions, such as:
- Do not touch the injected areas with your hands and, as far as possible, limit your facial expressions.
- Avoid lying down during the first few hours, especially with your face down, and better sleep on a high pillow for several days more.
- Within 1 week, avoid physical exertion, hot baths, visiting sauna, swimming pool, solarium, and beach.
- Immediately after the treatment, apply a cold compress to the treated area for 10-15 minutes. In the future, to prevent the bruises, you can repeat this process regularly, several times a day – the main thing is to prevent hypothermia of your skin and soft tissues.
WHAT TO APPLY TOPICALLY TO SPEED UP HEALING?
Healing of bruising after fillers, mesotherapy or biorevitalization can be intensified using external topical products, which strengthen and heal the blood vessel walls, while accelerating local metabolism and dissolving blood clots.
The most well known drugs of this type are:
- Traumeel C,
- Heparin-containing ointment.
However, many experts believe that the use of such ointments may adversely affect the aesthetic result of the procedure or reduce its duration, since their absorbing effect extends to the hyaluronic acid injected.
Therefore, it is advisable to use them only if large or numerous bruises appeared on the face, and you can’t wait until they dissolve by themselves, staying at home and refusing to visit events, which require a flawless appearance.