There are many upsides to injectable fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, as well as wrinkle-relaxers like Botox and Dysport. They work pretty instantly and when done correctly, they can take years off your face by softening wrinkles and adding volume to the face. However, one of the downsides of injectables, albeit temporary, is the potential for swelling and bruising.
As the use of fillers continues to progress in what they can do, so do the technologies that go along with how they are injected. “Needles are still a popular choice for injections, but the new wave is cannulas—about 100 times smaller than what is used during liposuction and they have a blunt tip for less trauma when placing volume deeper,” says West Palm Beach, FL dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD. “We can get a lot more product in via one puncture mark, shaking it back and forth to give really good lift.” The other upside: Because there are fewer punctures made in the skin, there’s less of a chance of bruising and swelling and it is said to hurt no more than if a normal needle is used.
As for other methods to keep bruising at bay: Prep yourself for a couple of weeks before your scheduled procedure. “It is best to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and all other NSAIDS for two weeks prior to the procedure,” says Scottsdale, AZ, facial plastic surgeon Kelly Bomer, MD in the post 4 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Injections.
Many doctors also give Arnica, a natural homeopathic medicine, to patients before and after injections as they say it helps lessen bruising. Take one Arnica tablet (available at Whole Foods) every morning, a week leading up to your procedure and every morning for a week after.
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