How to Hide Bruises Caused by Injectables With Makeup

Did injectables leave you bruised or swollen? If they did, it may be because they weren’t administered by a trained and experienced health professional.

Bruising and swelling are not necessarily the end of the world, though. Here’s advice on how to hide bruises and even avoid them altogether.

How to Hide Any Bruise

A neutralizing concealer can cover up any bruise. Neutralizing colors are those which appear opposite each other on the color wheel — green neutralizes red, for example, and blue neutralizes orange. A green concealer hides a red bruise, then. You’ll want to follow application of the concealer with some foundation. This will cover the bruise completely.

First make sure your bruise is free of cuts, nicks, and stitches. Then choose a hypoallergenic concealer with a yellow base; the hue offsets blue discoloration. But if your bruise is red, you’ll want to use a green concealer. If your bruise is brown, you’ll want to use white concealer. And if your bruise is yellow, you’ll want to use a lavender-colored concealer. Gently apply the concealer to the bruised area and blend. Place foundation over the concealer and follow with a translucent powder. Then you’re done!

You can also use makeup techniques to draw attention away from facial bruises. Highlighting, for example, is an innovative makeup trick that helps draw attention to other positive features of your face, making imperfections less apparent. You can highlight your cheekbones, the inside portion of your eyelids, and the area below your eyebrows with light, shiny powder.

Accenting is another makeup trick that enhances other facial features and draws attention from imperfections. You can use eyeliner and eyeshadow to draw attention to your eyes, or wear a bold lipstick to draw attention to your lips. You should use these techniques in conjunction with the concealer techniques discussed above.

How to Avoid Bruising in the First Place

Though bruising may result from injectables, there is a lot you can do to avoid it. Here are some anti-bruising tips for your injectables treatment:

Before Treatment

  • Seven days before treatment you should discontinue any medications and supplements that thin your blood. These include aspirin, Excedrin, ibuprofen, St. John ’s wart, vitamin c, and ginseng. If you need any pain medication, Tylenol is safe to use.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol one or two days prior to treatment.
  • Stop eating garlic a day or two before treatment.
  • Try taking arnica one day before your injections. You can find this supplement in most drug and health food stores.
  • If you’ve ever had a cold sore around the mouth or near the injection site, make sure to get a prescription for Valtrex or another anti-viral medication to prevent an outbreak.

During Treatment

  • Make sure your doctor applies a numbing cream 20 to 30 minutes before she begins the injections. This will not only help to ease any discomfort. It will also help to prevent bruising. This is because a lot of anesthetic creams constrict blood vessels slightly, making bruising less likely.
  • Your doctor’s technique should be gentle. This will help with bruising.
  • If your doctor sees a spot starting to bleed during the injection, they should immediately apply pressure and ice the area for a few minutes to help minimize bruising.
  • Most experienced doctors will be able to tell you after your treatment if they think you’ll experience a lot of bruising. So don’t be afraid to ask!

After Treatment

  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after your treatment.
  • Don’t exercise for up to 48 hours after receiving injections.
  • Stay out of the sun and avoid excessive heat until any initial swelling and redness have gone away.
  • Don’t squeeze or massage the treated areas for several hours after your injections. Doing so could prevent you from seeing the results you want.
  • Always use sunscreen!
  • Don’t take any aspirin, Excedrin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil for two days after treatment. Tylenol is fine, though.
  • If you experience swelling or redness, apply cold compresses to the treated area for five to ten minutes every hour.
  • If you do get some bruising, try to find good makeup for covering it. Your doctor may also be able to administer a pulse dye laser, which can speed up healing time.

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