We hold the results of injectables near and dear to our heart, but the process of getting there can leave it's marks. What you do before, during and after treatment can help you avoid unnecessary bruising. What's important to remember is, no matter how good the injector is, they can leave their mark on your skin.
Below is a list of medications to avoid taking seven days prior to your appointment to help reduce the likelihood of bruising:
* Omega 3 Fatty Acids
* Vitamin E
* Ibuprofen (Motrin, Alieve, Advil)
* St Johns Wart
* Ginkgo Biloba
As always, you should check with your doctor if you regularly take any of these medications for medical reasons before you stop using them. Because these drugs can thin the blood and leave it less likely to clot, they are good to avoid if you want to decrease the significance of any bruising. It's also helpful to avoid the consumption of alcohol one to two days before treatment for the same bruising reasons.
Of course, skill matters when it comes to performing the actual injections. Technique is everything and greatly reduces the risk of bruising. Make sure you feel comfortable and well taken care of by your injectables provider, and ask questions about their expertise if you feel it necessary. Further, applying ice immediately after your treatment will also aid in the prevention of bruising, so don't be afraid to ask for an ice pack if one isn't offered. Your treatments are all about you, NOT the provider. Speak up!
What you do once you leave the office matters as well. It is recommended that you continue to avoid the above medications for several days after your treatment. However, Tylenol is an acceptable pain reliever after injections, so don't hesitate to reduce discomfort if you feel the need to.
Based on feedback from our JEM customers, they've found our Barrier Restorative Balm has actually reduced their recovery period from bruising by about 75%. Yes! We mean it! 100% of the clients we asked indicated a 50 to 75% reduction in how long it took to process through bruising and redness when Barrier Restorative Balm was applied immediately after their injections took place and for the next several days. Why? Two key ingredients in the product's formulation seem to have an overwhelming impact on wound healing.
The first ingredient, GABA (Gamma Aminobuytric Acid), inhibits inflammatory responses, while directly aiding in wound healing time. Research into the topical application of aminobutyric acid suggests that the ingredient can improve skin barrier recovery (NCBI 2002). A 2007 study concluded that “the healing effect of GABA was remarkable at the early stage of wound healing, which resulted in significant reduction of the whole healing period.” Faster wound healing means you get all the benefits of your injectables sooner. Yes!
Borage Oil is another ingredient we give credit to in the formulation of our Barrier Restorative Balm. It is a natural substance that provides high levels of the fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and is a strong anti-inflammatory; perfect for your skin post-injectable.
Although we strive to slow down the effects of mother nature when it comes to signs of aging through the use of injectables, we rely on her heavily when it comes to the recovery process and slowing down the ravages of aging. Anti-inflammatories are a key when it comes to healing, so don't just suffer through the recovery process, do something about it! Barrier Restorative Balm is key, and we are proud of the results our customers have found while using the product.