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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Avoid herbal medications like ginko biloba for 3 days prior to your appointment.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- Eat 2 kiwi fruit per day 2 days prior to and after your appointment. Kiwi contains bromelain, which helps reduce bruising.
- 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.
- If you are on blood thinners, or have any bruising problems, please notify Drs Lam and/or Chu prior to your treatment.
- Bruising can also be covered with make-up. Please ask us about make-up suggestions.
- Avoid scheduling filler injections immediately prior to important social engagements!