Although every effort is undertaken to reduce the chance of bruising, it is possible to receive a bruise from an injection. By following these instructions, you will reduce your chance of bruising.

  1. Avoid aspirin (ASA) and vitamin E for 7 days prior to your appointment. ASA thins the blood. Vitamin E can also result in more bruising.
  2. Avoid ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), anti-inflammatory drugs (ex. Aleve, Naproxen) for 3 days prior to your appointment. Please note that if you need to take pain medication, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine as it does not increase the risk of bruising.
  3. Avoid herbal medications like ginko biloba for 3 days prior to your appointment.
  4. Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  5. Eat 2 kiwi fruit per day 2 days prior to and after your appointment. Kiwi contains bromelain, which helps reduce bruising.
  6. We may provide you with Restoral, which is a brand of pharmaceutical grade bromelain to reduce bruising. It should be started 24 hours prior to your appointment, or with breakfast on the day of your appointment.
  7. If you are on blood thinners, or have any bruising problems, please notify Drs Lam and/or Chu prior to your treatment.
  8. Bruising can also be covered with make-up. Please ask us about make-up suggestions.
  9. Avoid scheduling filler injections immediately prior to important social engagements!