Putting An End To Injection Bruises

A common trade-off of injectables and fillers is potential bruising, which, in some patients, can linger for up to two weeks. Rather than using traditional sharp-tip needles, some doctors are reaching for blunt-tip needles-normally reserved for fat grafting-since they “don't cause as much bruising,” says Boca Raton, FL, plastic surgeon Jason N. Pozner, MD. Whenever a needle punctures the skin, there's the chance for blood flow to be interrupted. “When this happens, the end result is bruising,” says Dr. Pozner. When a blunt-tip needle, as opposed to a sharp one, is used, there's less trauma to the skin and a decreased risk of bruising.

Have you had injections? Did you bruise?

14 Comments
  • Karen
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    I suggest you start using Pygnognal before any injectable is done. It is safe and it works wonders. I have vary fair thin skin and when I had fat removed under my chin I used this and even my doctor was surprised that I didn't have any bruising.

  • Wendy
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    I had filler done 4 months ago and my bruising is still there. My doctor already did one laser treatment on it, but it's still there. Any suggestions? I'm beginning to think its not going to go away.

  • John
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    Arnica is often suggested... BUT, people should know Arnica is POSSIBLY SAFE when used in the amounts commonly found in food or when applied to unbroken skin short-term. The Canadian government, however, is concerned enough about the safety of arnica to prohibit its use as a food ingredient. Amounts that are larger than the amount found in food are LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. In fact, arnica is considered poisonous and has caused death. When taken by mouth it can also cause irritation of the mouth and throat, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, shortness of breath, a fast heartbeat, an increase in blood pressure, heart damage, and coma. Do not apply arnica to damaged or broken skin. Too much could be absorbed. Special Precautions & Warnings: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take arnica by mouth or apply to the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is considered LIKELY UNSAFE. Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Arnica may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before applying it to your skin. Do not take arnica by mouth. Digestion problems: Arnica can irritate the digestive system. Don’t take it if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, Crohn's disease, or other stomach or intestinal conditions. Surgery: Arnica might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

  • Lori
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    I just had radiesse and juvederm and my doctor has me drink pure wheat grass juice the day before. After the injections I ice the area and use Arnica Oil which helps/reduces bruising. It comes in a cream also.

  • j. smart
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    I have been injected countless times with a variety of dermal fillers over the years. The last time I was injected, the injector used Dermasculpt cannulas (the blunt tipped cannula with a variety of sizes).My treatment results shocked me frankly. I didn't bruise, but I also wasn't achy. I had minimal inflammation after the procedures and my results were more natural than I have had right after the procedure.Typically I leave being glad I can't afford to purchase more syringes of filler (I am over 50) but this time I felt opposite. Not so sure that is a good thing for my budget, but I will never let anyone inject me without a cannula again. It was AWESOME! (if I am allowed to still use that word at over 50?) Two thumbs-up!

  • Linner
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    My doctor recommended pineapple juice, which has an enzyme that helps reduce bruising. I had only the slightest light bruising and was able to go out without makeup!

  • Richard Baxter Anonymous
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    I have been using the blunt tip needles for a few years, and they are primarily useful around the eyes. With good technique the incidence of significant bruising should be low regardless of the needle type. For intradermal injections such as the nasolabial folds sharp needles are still best in most cases.

  • LeAnn
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    Using ice just before the injections are done will constrict the blood vessels and also decrease the possibility of bruising from fillers.

  • Lani
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    I am fair skinned naturally, but I also have part Hawaiian and tan well. I've been doing injectables for the past 5 yrs and have bruised a few times, but they've gone away in a matter of days. My doctor now uses these needles and I really can't see a difference. I still got a small bruise and it went away the same time frame as the other needles. I think it has more to do with your ethnicity and skin background than anything.

  • BostonCutie
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    Arnica works wonders for bruising but you do have to start it at least so many days BEFORE you get the injection and at least take it a few days after. Every Dr I've been to has it on hand and will give you direction on how to use it. Another big thing to note is certain supplements also cause bruising. Most Doctors office will tell you that you need to stop taking them so many days, a week or more, before you get an injection or have anytype of surgery, if you want less bruising. Vitamin E, Fish oil, Ginko, Aspirin, Ibuprofen are a few of them. Also any other medication which predispose to "thinning" the blood, prior the procedure. I would also refrain from drinking alcohol since that will also thin the blood. As always you should be fully discussing with whomever is doing the injections what health conditions you have and what medications, vitamins, and supplements you take so they can tell you what you should be doing and not doing.

  • anonymous
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    You can also try taking Arnica for about two weeks prior to your injectable appointment. It does minimize the bruising and help speed up healing.

  • WishIDidNotNeedIt
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    Yes, I have had bruising every time. I have used Juvederm. The one with lidocaine gave me more bruising. Once the bruising subsided, I was pleased with the results.

  • Christy
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    I've had numberous facial injections and bruised the first couple of times. The doctor's office would give me frozen packs as I left, but it was too late. I bring a cooler with my own frozen packs now and apply them immediately after the injections and have never bruised again. I have very fair, sensitive skin and this solution works perfectly for me.

  • anonymous
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    Yes. I have had injectable 3 times. I am very fair-skinned, and the first two times I had them, it took 2 whole months for the bruises to go away!!! The last time I had them, about 3 months ago, he used the new blunt needles and I was a tiny bit red for about 3 days, then all was good!! It DOES hurt worse the new way, but it is a short-lived pain, and not unbearable. For me, personally, I like the new way much, much better!!

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