When undergoing cosmetic injections, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks associated with bleeding and bruising. As needles are inserted into the skin, there is always a risk, even though bruises may not always be visible on the surface.

Certain areas, such as the tear trough (under-eye) and lips, have a higher likelihood of bruising due to their increased vascularity. Even though the cheeks are considered lower risk, we cannot guarantee the absence of bruising as the face contains numerous blood vessels. In some cases, practitioners may use a “cannula,” a blunt-tip needle, to reduce the risk of vessel puncture. However, it’s important to note that the introducer needle still carries a potential risk of bleeding and bruising.

To minimise these risks, we recommend the following steps:

  • Discontinue the use of blood-thinning medications, unless under the direct care and prescription of your GP, at least two weeks before the filler treatment.
  • Consider using Arnica cream or tablets, known for their healing properties and ability to expedite the resolution of bruises. However, the decision to use Arnica is entirely up to you.
  • Applying ice to the treated area post-treatment can help constrict blood vessels, reducing the chance of bleeding and subsequent bruising.

Keep in mind that bruising duration varies from person to person. While some may experience no bruising at all, others may encounter mild or more pronounced bruising. Typically, a bruise lasts around 3-5 days. However, we advise allowing two weeks for bruising and swelling to subside following the filler treatment. It is advisable not to schedule treatment within one month of a special event to account for the potential risk of bruising.

At Cityskin, we prioritise your safety and strive to minimise any potential complications during your cosmetic injections. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team.


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