One of the common side effects with treatments involving needle injections is bruising. It is impossible to eliminate the risk of bruising. However, we now have an anti-bruise patch that reduces the risk of bruises significantly.
Why do bruises occur?
Bruises are seen when a needle goes through a blood vessel and the blood leaks into the skin. Bruises can also be caused by physical trauma such as injuries. Bruises come in a variety of colors including red, blue, and purple. They can turn different colors such as yellow or brown as they mature and slowly go away. Injectable treatments such as Botox, fillers (Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella), and Kybella can lead to bruises. With filler treatments, needles are injected deeper and bruises can be larger. Bruises usually resolve on their own in one to two weeks.
Can bruises be treated?
We can treat bruises with a laser. The light from the laser hits the bruise and makes it go away faster. After a laser bruise treatment, bruises usually resolve in one to three days, but still could last a full two weeks. Also, sometimes they get darker before they get lighter. The laser bruise treatment is very easy. A demonstration is shown below. A small amount of gel is applied to the skin and the laser treatment feels like a small snap on the skin. A few pulses are used for each small area and the treatment itself usually takes less than one minute. Often times a change in color can be seen immediately.
What is the anti-bruise patch?
The anti-bruise patch is a new and innovative technology that is simple to use and significantly reduces the risk of bruising after injectable treatments and after surgery. It also makes bruises resolve more quickly and reduces swelling in the skin. The patch is clear and sticks to the skin. For most treatments two patches are used, one per side of the face. They are applied on the skin immediately after a treatment and left on for six hours. Then the patches are removed and replaced with another set of patches for another six hours; this can be done at bedtime and left on overnight while asleep. Ensure that the skin is clean and dry when applying the patches because any dirt or products on the skin will decrease the anti-bruising effects.
How does the anti-bruise patch work?
The anti-bruise patch contains very high doses of arnica and ledum, natural ingredients that have been used for years. These ingredients reduce swelling, bruising, pain, and inflammation. Arnica is available over-the-counter in both topical and oral forms. However, the concentration of arnica in the anti-bruise patch is 50 times stronger than that available over-the-counter. Each pair of patches comes in a sterile sleeve that can be kept at room temperature without the need for refrigeration.
How can I reduce the risk of bruising after my treatment?
With any injection there is always the risk for bruising. Dr. Alex recommends avoiding injectable treatments within two weeks of special events where you want to look your best. Also, avoid heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours after a treatment because these activities bring blood to the skin and can increase the risk of bruising. It is also recommended to avoid medications that thin the blood such as aspirin as well as natural blood thinners like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne peppers, and vitamin E for a few days before and after and injectable treatment. Tell Dr. Alex if you are taking prescription-strength blood thinners such as coumadin or Plavix.