‘I want to have a treatment done but what if I get a bruise?’ ‘How will I explain a bruise to other people if I don’t want them to know I’ve had a treatment?’ ‘Is there anything I can do to stop bruising?’
Any of these sound familiar? If they do, then you’ll want to stick around for this post!
We know from experience, that the risk of bruising can put a lot of you off having a treatment.
The thought of having to explain a bruise to a friend or family member can be daunting. ‘I walked into a door’ isn’t going to convince anyone!
First things first, can we guarantee that you won’t get a bruise? No, of course not.
But what we can do, is take certain steps along the way to minimise the risk of bruising and share some tips with you on how to help you get rid of a bruise.
It’s important to note that everybody is different. That’s not to say that if you didn’t bruise the first time, you’re immune from bruising. There is always a small risk of it.
‘What do you do to minimise the risk of bruising?’ I hear you impatiently thinking.
There’s a few things.
Firstly, for almost all of our dermal filler treatments we use something called a Cannula.
A cannula is a very thin and flexible blunt tube that we use to inject the dermal filler.
Amanda will make a tiny entry point with a needle and then perform the treatment using a cannula.
Cannulas are usually a safer option than injecting with a needle (depending on the treatment) and come with a much lower risk of bruising and swelling. There is much less trauma to the skin when using a cannula as it is used under the skin.
If we’ve confused you with the cannula talk- don’t worry! Amanda will explain it all to you during your appointment.
There are also a few other tricks up our sleeve when it comes to trying to avoid bruising.
S l o w l y, s l o w l y.
I’m sure we’re not the only ones that have seen those awful videos on Instagram of people having their lips done where the injector is treating their lips like a pin cushion and stabbing the needle in there like there’s no tomorrow.
It’s even enough to put us off!
As you can imagine- the more rough and heavy-handed you are when injecting, the more likelihood there is of you having a whopping bruise.
That’s not how we roll.
Amanda has a very slow and gentle injecting pace. The slower and more gentle the injecting, the much lower the risk is of getting a bruise. Not to mention it’s a lot more comfortable for our clients!
Ice, Ice Baby
We know a lot of clinics don’t use ice when injecting and it’s seen as a bit, dare I say, ‘old-fashioned’?!
Old-fashioned or not, we’re pro-ice here at Amanda Pierce Aesthetics. We like to use ice because not only does it often put clients mind’s at ease- we find it helps with the risk of bruising (and swelling!).
Carefully does it
Going hand in hand with slow injecting is careful placement.
Knowing exactly where the placement needs to be and being careful when doing so is another way to minimise bruising.
And you guessed it, that’s another thing Amanda is a dab hand at.
Now, even when everything has been done ‘right’ there is a chance that you may end up with a bruise. Maybe you’ve been somewhere else and been bruised.
Here are a couple of things you can do to help get rid of the bruise more quickly.
The last thing you probably want to do when you have a bruise is start rubbing it. Trust us- it will help.
Grab yourself some cream- any will do!- and rub the bruise for around 5 minutes, a couple of times a day. By rubbing the bruise you will help disperse it.
A bruise is simply blood that is sat under the skin, waiting to be absorbed back into the body.
If you spend a few minutes rubbing it, you will help this process start more quickly.
Specifically- Arnica tablets. These are a bit of a controversial one.
We haven’t personally found them to be that helpful in getting rid of a bruise but some people swear by them.
But, we thought they were worth a mention in case you’d fancy giving them a go.
Have we put your mind at ease? We hope so!