How to Minimize BruisingHere are some extra steps you can take before a treatment involving injections that can help to minimize bruising:
- Eat 2-3 servings of fresh pineapple beginning 2 days before, and continuing for 1 day after treatment. Pineapple contains a botanical enzyme that decreases and improves bruising.
- Auriderm: Follow package directions of Auriderm Vitamin K Kit beginning the day of treatment. Auriderm contains arnica, and a Vitamin K gel for bruising. Begin the arnica pills as directed before the procedure and continue afterwards. Apply the Auriderm Vitamin K gel twice a day to treated areas after the procedure.
- Avoid medications that may increase the risk of bruising. These include:
- Antibiotics, such as penicillin and cephalosporin
- Antihistamines, such as Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton
- Blood thinning medication, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and Plavix
- Chemotherapy medications
- Nitroglycerin, beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers used in treating heart disease
- Steroids, such as prednisone
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil) and naproxen (Aleve)
- Supplements, such as Fish Oil, Ginkgo, Garlic, Vitamin E, Cod Liver Oil and St. John’s Wart
- If possible, please discontinue NSAIDS or OTC supplements 7 – 10 days prior to any injectable. This will help to minimize the risk of bruising.
- DO NOT discontinue any prescription medication without the consent of the prescribing physician.
If bruising does occur, a laser treatment can help it resolve faster. If you bruise, please call the office for treatment within 1-2 days after the bruise appears. Laser treatment for bruising is provided at no charge within 5 days of injections performed by MDLSV physicians. Laser treatment for bruising caused by a provider outside of our practice will be billed in accordance with our laser service fee schedule.