How to heal a Bruise faster
Lunchtime procedure, walk-in-walk-out, virtually painless with minimal downtime.
Then you get a bruise.
For the next couple of weeks you take daily selfies to monitor this catastrophe and start googling ‘how to get rid a bruise’ along with ‘best concealing concealers for bruises’. In the meantime you start to wonder if something has gone drastically wrong with the procedure and google reviews of the practitioner that treated you. Surely bruises can’t be this big or last this long? What did they do to you?
Almost every day I reel off the possible list of side effects with injectable treatments, and bruising, unfortunately,is one of the most common. This would perhaps be not such as issue elsewhere on the body but as the majority of our treatments are facial, a bruise can be unacceptable when it comes to work and social life.
A bruise, also called a contusion, occurs when blood escapes into the tissues from trauma to small vessels such as capillaries and venules. It then displays a fascinating show of colours from pinkish red, to an evil, striking purple/blue before fading to violet, green or yellow.
There are a multitude of factors influencing a patient’s risk of bruising such as age, gender, medication, diet and disease. Aesthetic practitioners should always take a medical history to highlight any of these at-risk factors and give advise when needed. Good practitioners will also utilise methods during the produce to minimise the risks, such as opting for a blunt cannula rather than a needle when possible.
Despite everyone’s best efforts, bruises still occur. So here, I’m concentrating on what can be done if this misfortuneever happens to you. However, if you just can’t wait and need some instant advice, please read my blog on How to Conceal a Bruise.
How to Treat and Heal a Bruise
IMMEDIATELY AFTER a procedure the practitioner may apply gentle pressure to ensure any bleeding has stopped.
ICE during the first 48 hours will help to constrict blood vessels and reduce the blood flow to the area, minimising the extent of a bruise and swelling. An ice-pack or frozen vegetables can be applied for 15 minutes throughout the day.
HEAT after 48 hours, such as a heat pad or warm flannel will help to dilate the vessels, encourage blood flow and healing.
For facial bruising, try to remain upright and refrain from lying down in the daytime for the first 24 hours. For bruises on the arms and legs, the affected limb should be elevated. This will slow the blood flow to the area.
Avoid exercise for the first few days as this could worsen the trauma and extent of bruising.
Although massage is not recommended following botulinum toxin procedures, it can be of benefit after some dermal filler treatments and other injectables. The correct pressure on a bruise can help to stimulate the blood circulation and using items such as a tube of lip balm (applying gentle pressure with the cap) or a cold spoon are useful for facial bruising.
UV light for 15 minutes a day encourages the breakdown of bilirubin that causes the yellowing of a bruise.
Diet and Supplements
Bromelain and Papain
Pineapple and papaya containproteolyticenzymes, bromelain and papain, which may reduce inflammation and clear metabolic waste.
Vegetables rich in vitamin Kinclude broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and cabbage.
Foods containing vitamin C encourage collagen synthesis and help maintain blood vessels and tissues. It is found in bell peppers, dark leafy green vegetables, berries, citrus fruits and tomatoes.
Zinc deficiency can lead to delayed healing. High levels are found in seafood and meat, particularly red meat. However, nuts, wheat germ and mushrooms are also good sources.
This can help to stabilise collagen and strengthen capillaries as it contains anthocyanins, which are antioxidants.
Arnica Montana is a well-known homeopathic remedy for bruising and trauma advised by many practitioners although there is no clinical trial evidence. It can be used topically in a gel, cream or spray, or orally in the form of Arnica Pillules.
Auriderm XO cream contains vitamin k and may help to improve the appearance of bruises.
Witch Hazel extract and Aloe Vera are additional topical treatments to soothe bruised skin.