Dermal Fillers

What Helps Bruising after Fillers

Bruising is a normal practice associated with dermal procedures. Drugs like blood thinners and alcohol can increase bruising after fillers. This article will explore what helps reduce bruising after filler. The article will also explore commonly asked questions regarding lip fillers.  

Dermal filler clients should expect bruising after fillers as a side effect of the fillers. However, the dermal filling is a minimally invasive procedure. Patients use the fillers to reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, frown lines, volume loss due to medical conditions, or smoothing scars and masking inborn anomalies. Clients considering fillers should consult a qualified cosmetic doctor or an aesthetic practitioner who will give them an insight into what to expect. The cosmetic doctor will explain the filler types, procedure, recovery process, and possible side effects or complications.

What Are Fillers

Fillers are cosmetic products injected into skin tissues to smooth wrinkles, improve volume, plump thin lips, and redefine the jawline. The dermal products are not limited to the face; many skin parts can benefit from fillers. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners should conduct the filer procedure to reduce complications or adverse side effects. 

Bruising after Filler Injections

Bruising is a normal side effect of fillers. It occurs at the injection point when the needle punctures blood vessels, causing blood to spill to the neighboring tissues. The extent of bruising differs from one client to another. Bruising lasts a few days, and side effects that last more than two weeks are uncommon; you should see your cosmetic doctor for bruising that persists beyond two weeks; cosmetic doctors can suggest precautions to reduce the bruising.

What Helps Bruising after Fillers

Avoid taking thinning medications at least a week before fillers. Austen et al. (2022) notes that blood thinners make it hard for blood to clot. After fillers, you will have severe bruises if the blood does not clot easily. 

The patient should also avoid alcohol at least 48 hours before and after fillers. According to Alleyne &Dopico (2021), high doses of alcohol make the blood thinner, while a low dose may cause vasodilation, severing the bruising.

According to Ulakov et al. (2020), anti-inflammatory cream helps with bruising. You should apply the cream carefully and gently without exerting pressure on the fillers. You should also check if the cream is friendly to sensitive skin.

Ask your cosmetic doctor to suggest pills that help with bruising.

Avoid touching, scrubbing, or massaging the treated area; this can worsen the bruising by introducing bacteria or exerting pressure on the treated areas.

Other Side Effects of Fillers

The filler procedure does not have many serious side effects; after the filler, you can experience mild pain and swell in the treated skin area. The side effects subside after a few days. 

Possible Complications for Fillers

Complications with fillers are rare but can occur if treated by an unqualified cosmetic practitioner. Allergic reactions, asymmetry, infection, and pumps are common complications of fillers. 

How Long Can Fillers Last

Fillers can last for three months to five years, depending on the type of filler. For instance, Hyaluronic acid filler can last 6 to 24 months, but it lasts three to 12 months when used as a lip filler. Fillers injected in areas that move like the lips wear out more rapidly compared to other areas. Fillers wear off due to body metabolism; if a client has a faster body metabolism, the filler will not last long. Hydration and touch-ups can maintain looks from the fillers much longer.

Cost of Fillers

The cost of fillers depends on the type of filler; the average cost of the syringe is £100 to £500. The cosmetic doctor’s experience, location, number of syringes, areas treated, and their complexity determine the cost of doing fillers. Cosmetic doctors in high-end locations often charge more than practitioners in low-suburb areas. Highly effective fillers with longer-lasting results cost more than short-lived cosmetic products. 

Benefits of Fillers about Fillers

Trigger Collagen Production 

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016), collagen is a protein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and cartilage; it maintains skin structure. Firm skin gives the user a youthful look. Fillers like polylactic acid trigger collagen production. The effect of collagen is noticeable after a few weeks. 

Enhances Facial Features

Facial features enhance beauty but can become less pronounced due to aging or volume loss. Filling facial features like lips, cheeks and hollow eyes enhances beauty. 

Have No Downtime

Fillers have immediate results; you can notice changes in the injected areas immediately after the filler procedure. The injected area can appear fuller or stiff until the fillers settle; they settle quite fast, giving the patients their desired look. 

Have long-lasting Results

Fillers can last for months or years, depending on the area treated and the type of filler used. Unlike other cosmetic products like lipstick and make-up, fillers take relatively longer to wear out. 

FAQs about Fillers

Can I Apply Ice to the Treated Area?

The fillers procedure is sterile; applying ice to the treated area can introduce bacteria and debris, undermining the healing process. Ice can also exert pressure on the treated area, making the fillers migrate to other locations.

How Long Do Fillers Take to Settle?

Fillers take at least two to three weeks to settle. The filler results will gradually improve as the fillers settle. 

Is the Filler Procedure Painful?

The filler procedure is not painful, but you can initially experience discomfort. Anesthetics are unnecessary if you are comfortable with injections.

What Are the Possible Side Effects?

Fillers have minor side effects like bruising, swelling, and slight pain. The side effects last for a few days. A client may experience these side effects differently, but if they last for more than two weeks, consults a cosmetic doctor. 


Bruising is a common side effect of fillers experienced by patients. Taking alcohol or blood thinners before fillers can worsen bruising. After fillers, apply an anti-inflammatory cream to reduce bruising. Touching or applying ice to the treated area will introduce bacteria which may prolong the healing process. Fillers are generally safe with minor side effects; it has rare cases of complications when conducted by qualified cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners. Also, avoid buying fillers from online stores with negative customer reviews. 


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