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Dermal Fillers

How to Prevent Bruising from Fillers

You can prevent bruising by avoiding thinning medications and alcohol before and after fillers. One should also avoid anti-inflammatory creams, and pills to lessen the bruising. This article discusses some common strategies to prevent bruising after lip filler injections.

Clients get fillers to lessen signs of aging, treat scars, correct congenital anomalies, and make their facial features more pronounced. Before getting fillers, you should know what to expect; understand what the fillers can or cannot do their benefits, and possible complications or side effects. Understanding the side effects will help you take proper measures to prevent or minimize them. Fillers are generally safe when done by qualified personnel; you can experience some bruising, pain, or swelling after fillers. Before getting fillers, your cosmetic doctor will give instructions to help minimize these side effects. 

What are Fillers?

Fillers are gels used in minimally invasive procedures, especially for cosmetic purposes. The fillers are used on cheeks, lips, chin, forehead, and under-eye skin. The facial skin tissues are injected with fillers to plump thin lips, add volume, smooth wrinkles, and frown lines, fill hollow eyes, and enhance the jawline. Types of filler are hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, polyalkylimide, calcium hydroxylapatite, and PMMA.


Why Do You Bruise After Fillers?

Bruising occurs when the needle punctures blood vessels causing blood to spill into the neighboring tissues. It is common with treatments that involve an injection. Chances of bruising are higher in fillers because the facial skin tissues are vascular.

How to Prevent Bruising 

Before Fillers

Avoid Thinning Medication before Fillers

According to Austen et al. (2022), thinning medications makes it hard for blood to clot, making the bleeding more severe. Thinning medications prevent blood from clotting to minimize the chances of stroke or heart attack. Inform your cosmetic doctor if you are on thinning medications, but if they are not prescriptions, you can stop taking them a week before fillers.

Avoid Alcohol 

Alcohol is both a vasodilator and a blood thinner. Taking alcohol will make your blood vessels relax and expand, allowing more blood to flow. You can avoid alcohol 48 hours before filler.

After Fillers

Avoid Applying Ice on the Site

Applying an ice pack is a common malpractice some patients use to minimize swelling. The dermal fillers are sterile; subjecting the treated area to Ice may result in infections. 

Use Anti-inflammatory Supplements

Herbs like arnica, and aloe Vera, have anti-inflammatory properties that can treat bruising. Ulakov et al. (2021) stated that arnica can soothe bruising and swelling. It would help if you were careful when applying these creams, as they may contain substances that irritate sensitive skin. 


You can ask your cosmetic doctor to suggest medications to help with bruising. However, this might only be necessary if the bruise has lasted more than a week.

Benefits of Fillers

No Downtime

You do not have to wait months to heal so that you can see results fillers have immediate results. After fillers, you can notice changes on your face, like stiffness, and appear fuller. The results improve as the fillers settle; this can take two to three weeks.

Minimal Risks

Fillers are safe with minor side effects like slight pain, swelling, and bruising, which subside after a few days. Complications like infection are rare when an experienced cosmetic doctor does fillers. 

Long Lasting Results

Fillers can last three to 18 months, depending on the type of filler, the amount used, and the treated area. You can maintain fillers by redoing them after a few months.

Triggers collagen Production

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016), collagen is a protein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and cartilage, maintaining skin structure. More collagen in the body will smooth wrinkles and scars, giving you a youthful look. According to Cabral et al. (2020), fillers with hyaluronic acid and polylactic acid can trigger collagen production. 

Enhances Facial Features

Due to skin wrinkles, sagging, and volume loss, facial features become less pronounced. Fillers can add volume and smooth out wrinkles to enhance facial features like lips, cheeks, and jawline.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fillers

How Much Do Fillers Cost?

Fillers cost £100 to £500 per syringe, depending on the type of filler. The doctor’s qualification and experience, the number of syringes, and the complexity of the procedure determine the cost of doing fillers. Medical covers do not pay for cosmetic procedures; this also explains the high price of fillers. 

What Is the Procedure for Doing Fillers?

The cosmetic doctor will examine the area treatment and mark injection points; this will help you figure out what you will look like after the fillers.

The marked area will be cleaned with an anti-bacterial agent before applying a numbing cream. The procedure is not painful, but you will initially feel some discomfort. 

The cosmetic doctor will inject the marked areas with the filler of your choice and massage it to align the filler. 

Will I Have a Natural Look with Fillers?

After injection, your face will appear stiff and fuller, but your face will look normal again after the fillers settle. The fillers take two to three weeks to settle. If you overdo fillers, you may not have a natural look even after the fillers settle.

Where Can I Do Fillers?

You can do fillers in a hospital or a clinic with a qualified cosmetic doctor or aesthetic practitioner. You should also buy fillers from the same hospital or clinic. 


Bruising after fillers is common because the needle punctures a few capillaries as it penetrates the skin tissues. You cannot prevent bruising entirely, but you can reduce the extent of bruising by avoiding thinning medications and alcohol. The cosmetic doctor can suggest an anti-inflammatory cream or medicines if the bruising lasts longer than a week. Fillers are generally safe when done by a qualified cosmetic doctor in a hospital. They enhance facial features, smooth wrinkles, and frown lines, and fill hollow eyes. Fillers can last for three to 18 months, depending on the type of filler and the treated area.


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Charlotte Cremers