Bruising After Injections: After-Care Advice for Dermal Fillers

When you aren’t quite satisfied with the appearance of your skin, you might feel self-conscious in social situations. After all, your face is the first thing people notice about you. It is important to feel your best so you can be confident in every setting.


Dermal fillers are a safe, minimally invasive method of achieving the look you want without a long recovery period. Some patients put off making an appointment for dermal fillers, because they are concerned about bruising after filler injections. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce the appearance of bruising or eliminate it altogether.

Before Your Treatment: Preventing Bruising After Filler Injections

Taking certain steps before and after receiving your treatment can make a big difference in whether you experience bruising. The first and most critical way to ensure you are happy with your results is to choose a provider who has skill and experience in these procedures. While your physician’s expertise won’t completely eliminate side effects, their proficiency with injectables can limit visible bruising.

Before your treatment, talk with your provider about all medications and supplements you take, whether they are prescription or over-the-counter. These are a few that you may be asked to discontinue a week or more before your appointment:

  • Aspirin
  • Ginko biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Green tea, green tea extract
  • Ibuprofen
  • NSAIDs (cold medicines, pain relievers)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil, flaxseed oil)
  • St. John’s wort
  • Vitamin E

You may also wish to avoid alcohol and garlic for a day or two before your treatment. All of these products impact your body’s natural ability to prevent and heal bruising. Your practitioner may recommend that you take certain supplements like Arnica and Bromelain for several days before and after your dermal filler treatment.

After Your Treatment: Minimizing Bruising After Filler Injections

If you do experience bruising after filler injections, you can be fairly confident that it will disappear within a week or two. However, you can speed the process along by avoiding alcohol and strenuous exercise for up to 48 hours. Stay out of the sun, and be sure to wear a hat and use a strong sunscreen if you have to be outdoors. Unless otherwise instructed, try to keep your hands away from the treated areas. This includes touching, squeezing, and massaging.

Aspirin and ibuprofen should not be used for the first couple of days after receiving dermal fillers, though acetaminophen is usually okay if you have any pain. Keep ice packs on the treated area for up to ten minutes out of every hour to minimize bruising and swelling. Many patients find that they can cover any bruising after injections with high-quality makeup, but if all else fails, follow up with your physician. There are special lasers and specific treatments that may speed healing time for bruises.

If you are having your first dermal filler treatment, make sure that you allow several weeks between your appointment and any major events. While side effects are usually gone within two to seven days, it is important to give yourself plenty of time to see how your body reacts to injectables.

The San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic is a leading provider of dermal fillers. Schedule a consultation to discuss which of these services will help you achieve the look you want:

  • Botox
  • Dysport
  • Juvederm
  • Juvederm Voluma
  • Latisse
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Restylane Lyft
  • Sculptra
  • Xeomin

Call (619) 583-7555 or visit the San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic online for more information.