Tips to Decrease Bruising

Check your Meds

Some medications can increase your chances of developing a bruise. Some common ones include Aspirin, Ibuprofen (e.g., Aleve, Motrin and Advil), Warfarin (e.g., Coumadin), Heparin, Plavix, Fish Oil, Vitamin E and St. John’s Wort.  Some of these can take a few days to clear your system, so please ask your prescribing doctor if it is safe to stop.

 

Ice

Applying a cold compress immediately after an injection or procedure can help reduce the overall amount of bruising.

 

Scheduling

If you have an event coming up and you want to look your best, it is best to schedule any treatment at least 7-10 days in advance.

 

Arnica

Arnica Montana has been used for centuries to decrease bruising. It can be taken topically and/or orally. It is best to start a few days before your injection or procedure and continue until all the bruising is gone if you have any.

 

Makeup

If you are unfortunate enough to have some bruising, ask about how concealer can help camouflage until full resolution.

Bruising is not uncommon following any procedure or injection. Some patients experience no bruising whatsoever while other patients can have a dark area appear temporarily. Here are a few things you can do to decrease your chances of having a visible dark spot.

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