Whether you're planning to undergo an eye lift or Botox injections, a nose job or Restylane fillers, one of the most common side effects is bruising. Although many non-surgical facial procedures are called "lunchtime procedures" because you can be back to work in just an hour or two, there may still be bruising that you wish to hide. After undergoing facial procedures, there are steps you can take to minimize bruising, enabling you to appreciate the full affects of the procedure faster.
Talk to Your Doctor About Medications
Certain medications act as blood thinners, increasing your risk of bruising. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E. Make sure your doctor knows about all of your medications, as the dosage may need to be adjusted in the weeks leading up to your procedure.
Follow Aftercare Instructions
Your doctor will provide a full list of instructions to follow after the procedure. Follow each of these, no matter how trivial they seem, for optimum recovery. Your doctor may recommend applying a cold compress after the procedure to minimize bruising. You will also be asked to sleep with your head and neck elevating to reduce swelling and bruising.
Consider Dietary Supplements
Some herbs and dietary supplements have been shown to minimize bruising. These include Arnica Montana, Vitamin C, and Bromelain. Discuss these supplements with your doctor before taking them.
If you are tired of waiting for the bruises to go away or have an important event to attend, there is another way to minimize the look of your bruises. Apply makeup to camouflage bruises after facial procedures. Concealer blended with the surrounding skin can make bruises look less dark.