People decide to undergo a cosmetic procedure when they want to enhance their appearance by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. However, most patients have specific concerns about side effects like bruising and scarring. The good news is that plastic surgeons in NYC offer non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including injectable treatments, that are safe and involve minimal bruising and scarring.
Kybella in Manhattan is an ideal option to address a double chin and achieve a chiseled jawline. Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable treatment for submental fat and is an easy way to get quick results without surgery contains a drug called deoxycholic acid that promotes the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. After the injections are given, it destroys the fat cells in the upper neck permanently and does not allow further accumulation, thus improving the overall contour of the neck and jawline. The procedure causes minimal pain, requires no anesthesia, and it needs minimal to no downtime. If you follow your surgeon’s instructions before and after the treatment, it will speed up recovery and results.
Swelling and bruising at the injection site are common side effects after cosmetic injectable treatments. Here are six tips to make most of your injectable treatment and prevent or minimize bruising and swelling.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications: It is crucial to avoid blood-thinning drugs or supplements at least two weeks before the treatment. Blood thinners can slow platelets that stop bleeding and bruising. If your platelets cannot get to the broken capillaries or blood vessels after the injection, chances of bruising would increase. Some common supplements to avoid before treatment include vitamin E, flaxseed oil, other oils high in omega-3 fatty acids, etc. Your surgeon will tell you about the medications to avoid before and after the treatment.
- Avoid alcohol: Alcohol increases your body’s blood flow because it temporarily relaxes and expands your blood vessels. Even a small glass of wine or shot of alcohol (including mixed drinks) can trigger this effect. Purplish-blue bruises occur when blood vessels just underneath your skin break and blood leaks out. To minimize bruising at the site, it is best to avoid alcohol 24 hours before and after treatment.
- Apply ice on the affected areas: Applying ice or cold packs to the injection sites constrict blood vessels and slow down the blood flow and helps reduce swelling and minimize any bleeding. You can also apply packs before treatment as it numbs the area and may reduce discomfort from the needles. When you get home after the treatment, apply cold packs to the affected areas to reduce the risk or appearance of bruising.
- Avoid vigorous exercise: Everyone knows that exercise is great for your health and good for your heart, but an increased heart rate and the blood flows at this time is not good bruising. You can return to your normal activities immediately, but you must skip your exercise routine for a few days after the treatment to keep your blood flow minimal. The recovery is faster, but until your surgeon recommends you to resume your exercise activities, you have to wait for it.
- Elevate: When you get home after the treatment, you may need to keep yourself propped up or elevated. For a couple of days, keep your head above the heart elevated drains fluid from the area that might bruise, it also help reduce pain and discomfort.
- Fresh pineapple and arnica: Your physician may recommend eating pineapple and using arnica gel to reduce side effects. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain and can reduce pain, swelling and bruising that can occur after your injections.
For the best results, choose the right cosmetic surgeon. Do your research well and choose a surgeon with experience and skill in administering cosmetic injectable treatments.