If we had the choice, many of us would choose to stay young and beautiful forever. Unless you are one of the lucky people who age “gracefully” the passing years can take a toll on our looks. As we have discussed in the past, there are many cosmetic procedures and techniques that can be used to help you stave off the aging process and bring life back to one’s face. One such facial rejuvenation option has just taken a huge leap forward!
Facial injections such as Dysport® or Botox Cosmetic® and dermal fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane®/Perlane® are a great alternative to more invasive, surgical procedures such as face and brow lifts. Despite the quickness and ease of these procedures, some people do experience slight swelling and bruising as a result of these injections. While these issues are minimal compared to the recovery period associated with a facelift procedure, they are a nuisance. Thankfully, there are now more options for minimizing your risk of swelling and bruising.
The biggest change that is happening with injectables is the use of a cannula. While a cannula is often associated with liposuction procedures, these small hollow tubes that have been used to remove fat have been reduced to about 100th of their original size to be used for facial procedures for the injection of fillers.
What makes these new, smaller cannulas special is that they have blunted tips that are gentler on the facial tissue than a traditional sharp-tipped needle. This allows the transfer of the injectables with less trauma resulting in significantly reduced cases of swelling and bruising. Also, because a board-certified plastic surgeon can administer more product with fewer injections, the skin is not perforated as much. While needles are still the number one option for most surgeons, cannulas are seeing more and more use in facial rejuvenation procedures.
While this new technique is good news for people seeking facial injections or fillers it is still in its early stages of use. There are also things a person can do at home to help prevent swelling and bruising from happening after an injectable treatment.
Prepare ahead of time for your treatment. Try avoiding the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and any other NSAIDS two weeks prior to your treatment. These have blood-thinning characteristics that can increase your chances of bruising.
Arnica montana is also a non-medicinal, homeopathic option that can help. This natural medicine is available at many wholesale food outlets and has been successful in reducing the chances of swelling and bruising. Just take one a day for a week before and after your procedure!
The cosmetic surgery field is making leaps and bounds each day. Now, more than ever, it is easier to achieve your body aesthetic goals. As always, your best resource for the most current information regarding any cosmetic procedure is to consult with Dr. Mark Jewell. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about facial injections and fillers and how they can help you bring back years to your face!