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Reduction of Bruising After Your Procedure

by Yael Halaas M.D. FACS | posted on January 22, 2014

Reduction of bruising after your procedure can be greatly encouraged with a few simple steps that you manage at home.

Whether your procedure involves surgery or injectables, you will typically experience swelling and bruising in the treated area(s). Be aware that any facial injections or incisions will result in more obvious swelling and bruising than procedures performed on other parts of the body.

These are normal side effects, and usually subside within one to two weeks. You can encourage reduction of bruising after your procedure by following a few suggestions from Dr. Halaas.

Dr. Halaas recommends preparing your body about two weeks before your procedure by eliminating any medicines that prevent blood clotting.

These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Bufferin®, Anacin®, Alka-Seltzer®, Advil®, Motrin®, ibuprofen, and aspirin.

If you take blood-thinning medications for a heart condition, talk to Dr. Halaas about how to protect your heart health during this preparatory period.

You can reduce bruising after your procedure by keeping the treated area elevated above the level of the heart. For facial procedures, this can be accomplished by the simple use of a few extra pillows behind the head when you recline.

Do not participate in exercises or work activities that are strenuous or involve bending forward with your head down.

Applying cold compresses to the treated area during the first 48 hours following treatment can aid in reduction of bruising after your procedure. Talk to Dr. Halaas about specific techniques that will be of greatest benefit.

By following these simple home techniques, reduction of bruising after your procedure should be easy … and easy on you!

 

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