So you decided to get under eye fillers, and ended up with a bruise you weren’t expecting right? You need to know how to get rid of bruising after fillers and fast. You’ve come to the right place. I consider myself an expert on this topic. Been there done that!
If you have are reading this post, most likely you are on days 1, 2 or 3 post-fillers and your stuck with a bluish/purple mark on your face you need to get rid of STAT. I’m going to tell you one thing you won’t want to hear right now…but will help you SO much in the future. The BEST way to get rid of bruising after fillers is to take (take with a grain of salt idiom) steps prior to getting fillers to prevent them from happening at all. But not to worry, I’m also going to tell you how to stop them from getting worse and get rid of them all together.
How to Prevent Bruising After Fillers:
Sometimes this one is hard, because life gets busy and we forget about our upcoming appointment. Or maybe you are like me and you were able to get in last minute due to a cancellation. I rarely bruise anymore, so I didn’t even think it was a possibility. Probably not a good idea to get fillers the day before a vacation to California. On the plus side, I was able to wear sunglasses to hide my bruise most of the vacation!
- Step 1. Stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications one week prior to your filler appointment. This includes NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Motril, & Advil) and Aspirin. These interfere with the activity of your platelets and can cause prolonged bleeding or bruising.
- Step 2: Do not drink any alcohol (yes even you my wine lovers) one week prior to your appointment. Alchohol causes your blood vessels to expand, and if they break more blood will leak out and cause bruising.
- Step 3: Purchase Arnicare Gel and apply it to the area at night once per day for a week prior to your appointment. You can also purchase Arnica Pellets from any natural grocer like Whole Foods. Made from arnica montana, these products work naturally with your body to reduce swelling and discoloration from bruising.
All of these methods will help you to prevent getting a bruise after injectable fillers. But let’s say you didn’t do these things, and you just (just in case meaning) came home from your appointment. Your face hurts, you’re starting to see that bluish mark form, and just have the feeling you could be in for a bad bruise. What now?
How to Prevent a Bruise from forming or Getting Worse Immediately After Fillers:
- Step 1: ICE ICE BABY. Yes ice that bruise like crazy. This is the number one and best method to prevent bruising after fillers. Icing causes your blood vessels to narrow and close faster. It can also prevent excess leakage out of the blood vessels. If you haven’t left your appointment, ask for an ice pack at your dermatologist’s office or med spa. Don’t apply the ice directly to the skin, make sure you have a something in between the ice and your skin, so you don’t burn your skin and make it look even worse! I recommend icing 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off for 1-3 hours post fillers. This may sound like a lot, but trust me it’s worth it.
- Step 2: Keep the area elevated…this is pretty easy since it’s your face…but what I’m actually referring to is when you sleep at night. Don’t sleep on your stomach or side. Sleep on your back only. This will help the blood not to pool around the bruise.
- Step 3: For the first day or two, keep exercise to a minimum. If you are lifting weights that’s fine…but any running, jumping or aerobic activity could be painful and make the bruise worse.
So that’s all good and dandy, but what if you are on days 2, 3 and 4 post fillers and your bruise is there and not looking like it’s leaving in the foreseeable future? Here are my tips to get rid of a bruise and FAST.
How to Get Rid of a Bruise After Fillers and Fast:
You’re on a mission, this bruise needs to go away and fast. Because I don’t care how many You Tube tutorials you watch, you will NEVER be able to cover that sucker with make-up and foundation. Trust me…it’s HARD. And if you do manage to cover it up…in my experience the make up eventually dries, flakes and cracks making it even more obvious. So what can you do daily (or even multiple times per day) to get rid of a bruise after fillers?
- Massage Lightly with a Toothbrush: I wouldn’t recommend doing this the first day or two after fillers (especially if the bruise is sore). But day 3 and on, you can lightly massage the area with a soft toothbrush. This will get the blood flow moving around the bruise, to help remove the pooled blood and heal the bruise.
- Arnica: Apply Arnica Gel or Cream to the bruise 2-3 times per day. One study found that applying Arnica to the skin sped up healing time (race against time phrase) when compared with placebo.
- Aloe: Aloe Vera has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation…so why not? Give it a shot.
- Vitamin C: Apply a Vitamin C Serum to your bruise twice a day. Also while you are at it consume foods high in Vitamin C like oranges, guava, kiwi, strawberries, green peppers and brussels sprouts. Vitamin C is needed for creating collagen and other compounds that repair blood vessels.
- Lavender Oil: My oil girl tells me this is the best oil for healing bruises because it reduces inflammation and swelling. She recommends applying 3 times per day.
- Pineapple: Stock up and eat daily! Pineapple contains bromelain, which has been thought to reduce bruising by breaking down proteins that trap fluids in the tissues after injury.
In my most recent experience, I really was in denial about the bruise and didn’t start tackling it hard core until a week after my bruise since I was on vacation…which I don’t recommend. I basically just used aloe and arnica gel on vacation which helped alot with the pain and swelling. But when I got home I saw the biggest change from a daily routine of massaging the bruise with a toothbrush in the morning, and then applying my vitamin C serum and lavender oil. I would let that dry and mix in arnica gel and aloe with my day cream. I repeated this same process at night and instead of the day cream used my night cream.
How to Hide an Under Eye Bruise After Getting Fillers:
Let’s just say I watched A LOT of You Tube Videos on this topic. You’ll find some recommend mixing in red lipstick with your concealer. This is for the pros. I tried this method and it just didn’t work for me. So I ran to Sephora and my favorite makeup artist recommended the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correcting Pallet. This did help, but truly nothing can totally cover a bruise unless you cover your face in makeup which is not normal for me and I don’t love (fall in love synonym) the caked on look. However this got me through my worst days with the bruise!
- Step 1: First I started with the Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Primer mixed in with a bit of the darker concealer from the Make Up Forever Kit. I applied to my whole face. Once that set, I would start tackling the bruise.
- Step 2: When the bruise was in it’s bluish red phase, I mixed the green and peach together to help cover the bruise first. As it turned more red, I used more of the green. It helped to do this all under the eye, partially on my nose, around and on my eyelids to have a more consistent look. I would blend with a blending sponge…just dabbing more than anything.
- Step 3: After a minute or two, I would go back over it all with the darker concealer in the Make Up Forever Kit, blend and let set.
- Step 4: Experiment with a translucent powder (I purchased one by elf from Target) or even just your blush. Lightly apply under the eyes to help blend with the rest of your face.
As the bruise got smaller and faded to a light red, my NARS concealer did the trick…just spot correcting. It’s for sure time consuming and not at all fun to try and cover a bruise, so if you can preventing that bruise in the first place is the best method!