You are one-of-a-kind. But when it comes to injectables, you’re just like everyone else, determined to achieve flattering, age-defying results with minimal to no downtime. While no injector, however experienced, can guarantee zero side effects, there are smart ways to reduce your risk. Here’s a look at some key Do’s for your next session:
To reduce your risk of bruising…
•Ice your treatment areas both BEFORE and AFTER your session. Bruising is the result of broken blood vessels. Ice will shrink your blood vessels, making them smaller and less likely to be accidentally pricked by the needle. Also, be sure to ice immediately following your session, since ice also helps the bleeding to stop and reduces swelling.
•Eat lots of spinach and kale, which may have a preventive effect against bruising.
•Avoid blood-thinning substances. A full 10 days before your session, stop taking anything that will thin your blood, making you more likely to bruise. Common blood-thinners include aspirin, or ibuprofen (NSAIDs), alcohol, garlic, turmeric, green tea, almonds, flaxseeds, salmon, cod, mackerel, olives, and ginger, fish oil, ginseng, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E.
To reduce your risk of swelling…
•Ice your treatment areas immediately following your session. Ice will reduce blood flow to a particular area, significantly reducing inflammation and swelling.
•Drink plenty of water so you are well hydrated for your session.
•Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, which have an anti-inflammatory effect. In particular, load up on plenty of greens, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, cherries and citrus.
In general, attend your session well-rested—and never on an empty stomach, which can put stress on your body and make you more susceptible to adverse side effects.