Bruising is a common side effect of lip filler injections, as the needle used to administer the filler can damage small blood vessels in the area. If you experience bruising after your lip filler treatment, there are several things you can do to help reduce the swelling and discoloration:
- Apply a cold compress: Applying a cold compress to the treated area can help reduce swelling and pain. You can make a cold compress by wrapping ice in a towel or using a bag of frozen vegetables. Apply the compress to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication: If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication such as paracetamol to help reduce the discomfort. Do not take any medication that may thin the blood, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Eat pineapple! It has anti-inflammatory properties. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which triggers your body’s ability to fight pain and reduce swelling.
- Avoid heat: Heat can increase blood flow to the area and make the bruising worse. Avoid heat exposure, such as hot showers, saunas, and steam rooms, for at least 24 hours after your treatment.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can increase blood flow to the area and make the bruising worse. Avoid consuming these substances for at least 24 hours after your treatment.
- Avoid makeup: Makeup can irritate the skin and make the bruising more noticeable. If you need to wear makeup, make sure to use a non-comedogenic formula to avoid clogging pores and causing breakouts.
- Be gentle: Be gentle with your skin and avoid massaging or rubbing the treated area. This can cause the filler to move or be absorbed unevenly, leading to poor results.
It’s important to note that bruises typically take around 1-2 weeks to heal, and while some people may not experience any bruise at all, others may have more visible bruising. It’s also important to note that in some cases, if the bruise is severe or prolonged, it’s best to contact your practitioner to evaluate the situation and give you the best advice. If you experience more pain than expected then it is best to contact the clinic, just in case!
Remember, you can always reach out to your practitioner for specific instructions or any concerns you might have about the healing process.