- To minimize bruising and swelling, you should stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin, Vitamin E, fish oil, herbal supplements such as St. John’s wort and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil and Naproxen (Aleve) for one to two weeks prior to treatment. If you need to take a pain medication, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or acetaminophen-containing products (Lortab, Vicodin, etc.) will not increase bruising. Always check with your doctor if you are on prescription blood thinners!
- Limit alcohol consumption (skip your evening cocktail the night before!).
- Avoid strenuous exercise the day of treatment, as this increases the heart rate and quickens blood flow, thus increasing the risk of bruising. Activities to avoid include, but are not limited to: running, yoga, weight lifting, Pilates, aerobics, cycling, climbing and sex!
- If you are planning on having an injection around the lip/mouth area and you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters, ask your doctor for a prescription for Valtrex or similar medication prior to treatment. You should start this medication one to two days prior to injectable treatment.
- If possible, don’t wear make-up to your injection appointment. For some treatments, you will be asked to remove makeup before the procedure.
- If you have a skin infection, acne flare-up or sunburn, it’s best to allow your skin to heal before you receive an injection treatment.
- Allow yourself plenty of time for your appointment! Most injection treatments are very quick, usually 15 to 30 minutes. However, you must account for numbing time, skin prep and icing. It’s best to eliminate stress by not feeling rushed and hurried.
- Apply ice or cold compresses as soon as possible after (or during) your treatment; hold ice for approximately 10 minutes post-injection.
- Hold pressure on the injection site immediately for five minutes.
- Avoid lying flat. Keep your head elevated with a couple of pillows to help reduce bruising, swelling, and pooling of blood in the area. Let gravity play a role in the healing process!
If you have any questions before or after your injectable treatment, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our team members.