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Dermal Fillers

How to Reduce Bruising After Fillers

Fillers restore lost volume, helping individuals attain a youthful look. However, bruising may occur and requires certain aftercare to fasten the healing process. This blog explains why people go for injectable filler treatments and how to reduce bruises after getting fillers.

Fillers are currently gaining popularity in smoothing wrinkles and fine lines and increasing the volume of saggy skin caused by old age, genetics, or some health conditions like HIV and depression. What makes you look old is the fact that there is low production of skin compounds like hyaluronic acid and collagen that aid in keeping your face moisturised and maintaining its firmness.Ultimately, facial fillers represent minimal invasive techniques to combat ageing signs. The injection process is an outpatient procedure that roughly lasts for only 30 minutes. However, the system is accompanied by bruising, a common side effect after filler treatments.

Why Use Injectable Filler Treatment?

According to Wypych & George (2016), fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that improve facial complexity. They are very common, with over a million people annually in the UK administered facial fillers. Fillers contain synthetic skin compounds such as hyaluronic acid that, when injected, provide a natural look that feels real. Additionally, some fillers like poly-l-lactic acid may not introduce natural compounds to your skin but interact with body glands to induce the healthy release of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid that help restore cheek volume, remove wrinkles, and also reduce facial scars. However, filler cosmetic procedures can carry the negative effect of bruises that can last for twodays or longer, depending on the patient body chemistry and lifestyle.

Ways To Reduce Bruises After Filler Treatment

One of the main roadblocks for people to try filler treatment is bruising. Luckily, there are many guidelines that you can follow before and after the facial treatment to reduce noticeable swellings.The blog has explained six ways to avoid visible bruises and fasten their healing process.

Don’t Take Certain Medications and Supplements

Some drugs or supplements can increase the chance of bruises during the filler treatment. Cosmetic doctors recommend people stop taking blood thinning supplements and medications for at least ten days before the procedure. If you have, you should report to youraesthetician to administer steroids that will counteract the filler’sadverse effects.Abdelmohsen & Mohsen Ahmed (2020) explained that Patients are often advised to avoid supplements and medications like Motrin, aspirin, fish oil, vitamin E, and naproxen. They often trigger the herpes simplex virus that can cause rashes or bruises after the filler injection.

Avoid Alcohol

A week before lip filler treatment, you will be fine If you take alcohol responsibly. Still, your aesthetician practitioner may recommend avoiding wine, beer, or hard liquor one day before the procedure. In addition, it is also crucial to drink alcohol until the bruising that results from filler have gone down. Alcoholis a vasodilator, meaning it can enlarge the size of blood vessels. It makes people more susceptible to bruising and swelling during the cosmetic treatment if consumed the night before the process. Alcohol addicts are also known to have impaired production of white blood cells, leading to slow healing or infections. Finally, alcoholism renders most people less cautious with the after-filler tips.

Consume Arnica

According to Kriplani et al. (2017), Arnica is aherbal remedy extracted from a daisy-like mountain flower. For centuries, it has been used to treat muscle soreness, swelling, bruising and other minor complications. Cosmetic practitioners advise patients to take arnica pills three days before the filler treatment and three days after to reduce the brutality of bruising. 

Sleep Well and Cautiously

After the filler injections, cosmetic doctors recommend resting with the head elevated. It allows enough air circulation around the face that fastens the dryness of bruises and prevents rough bedding touches that may trigger skin irritations. In addition, elevating your head can reduce blood flow to the injected area, thus reducing visible bruises.

It would be best if one avoids sleeping facing the pillow.

Avoid Vigorous Exercises And Activity

An increase in heart rate means an increase in blood flow in all body parts, including the injected areas, thus moving the filler materials to unwanted regions of your face. Additionally, it increasesthe chances of the spread of bruises to other face parts. For at least 48 hours after the filler injections, one should avoid performing certain exercises like strenuous yoga positions, weight lifting, running long distances, and any other activity that increase your heartbeat.

FAQs about Fillers

What Does Filler Treatment Cost in the UK?

If you wish to join cosmetic procedures, be ready to spend a fortune. Filler injections cost roughly about 200 pounds to 650 pounds depending on the professionality of the clinic,the face part being injected, the amount and type of facial fillers, and the clinic’s location.

What Are the Benefits of Filler Injections?

Injectable fillers are used to increase the volume of your cheeks, remove fine lines, eliminate wrinkles, provide plump lips, and generally provide a youthful look that feels natural. Unlike permanent cosmetic surgeries, fillers are reversible if the patients are unsatisfied with the result.


The popularity of injectable fillers is based not only on the natural look they provide but also on the note that they have no or minimal downtimes lasting for 48 hours. Bruising is the most common side effect, and skin mechanisms normally treat it after the injections. It lasts approximately 24 to 48 hours, depending on the patient’s lifestyle and immunity. To reduce bruising after filler injections, you should avoid alcohol, avoid applying makes-ups to suffocate your skin, don’t perform extreme exercises, sleep facing up, and try to use herbal remedies like Arnica to fasten the healing process.


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Tatyana Dyachenko