Bruising is a major concern for patients receiving injectable treatments. This page will give you tips on how to reduce and camouflage after-treatment bruising.

  1. Planning Treatment

    bruising-tipsPlan time in your schedule in case you bruise. Some patients may notice bruising 3-4 days after treatment that may last 7-10 days, occasionally longer.  Planing treatment about 1 month prior to an important event is helpful to ensure that any swelling and/or bruising is resolved.

  2. Avoid Blood Thinners

    2 weeks before your treatment, please refrain from using: Motrin, Aspirin, St. John’s Wort, and Fish Oil.  These substances decrease the formation of clotting and could increase your risk of bruising.

  3. Microcannula Technique

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    Dr. Mabrie uses an advanced microcannula to minimize bruising and other tissue trauma during facial filler injections. Treatment with the cannula requires only one small poke with a needle, allowing the cannula to reach multiple areas of the face with less risk of damaging blood vessels.

  4. Arnica Montana

    This natural homeopathic remedy has been used since the 1500’s. Though not scientifically proven, many rave about its ability to reduce pain, swelling and bruise discoloration. For optimum benefit of this product, start taking immediately after treatment.

  5. Cold & Warm Compress

    Immediately after treatment, we’ll send you home with the cutest ice pack you’ve ever seen!  We “heart” you.  Use the cold compress for the first few hours after treatment to decrease swelling and bruising.  Be careful not to over-ice!  Too much cold can be irritating to the skin, please use cold compress in moderation.  The morning after treatment, switch to warm compress to help increase blood flow that will assist healing process.

  6. Make-Up After Treatment

    Wait 1 hour after treatment to apply make-up, concealer, moisturizer, and SPF.  This will minimize the risk of infection.  We suggest passing the time in our Lux Lounge before reapplication.  Light bruising may be camouflaged by complexion colored foundation alone, however, darker bruises may require the neutralizing method first, followed by foundation. Below is a list of some popular concealer brands, as well as tips for application.

Popular Products:

camouflage-creamProduct: 5 Camouflage Cream Palette – No. 1

Brand: Make Up For Ever

Retailer: Sephora


concealer-101Product: Concealer 101 – Perfecting Concealer Duo

Brand: Physician’s Formula

Retailer: Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta Beauty

Application Tips

bruising-tips-8-backgroundA: Neutralize: Neutralizing colors appear opposite each other on the Color Wheel. Use the Color Wheel above to determine which concealer color will neutralize the color of your bruise. For example – to cover blue bruises, you would start by neutralizing the color of your bruise with orange makeup concealer. For red blemishes, you would neutralize the blemish color with green makeup concealer.

B: Apply: Use light fingertips to apply the concealer in blending motions, being sure to camouflage the entire bruise. Allow the concealer to set.

C: Finish: If desired, you may then apply a layer of foundation that best matches your skin complexion (be careful not to rub in the concealer while applying).