Helpful Hints

Bruise easily?

Before treatment there are several items to stay away from to help minimize bruising. Avoid aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.

How to minimize bruising after procedures by Deborah Braconnier

You have decided to have a cosmetic facial procedure, and whether it is an eye lift or a nose job, one of the common side effects to any facial surgery is bruising. While this is inevitable, there are things to do before and after your surgical procedure that will help to minimize your bruising and how long it lasts. With the addition of a few herbal and vitamin supplements as well as proper aftercare, your bruising can be reduced and your healing process made easier.

Difficulty:  Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Arnica Montana supplements
  • Vitamin C supplements
  • Bromelain supplements
  • Cold compress

Try these suggestions:

  1. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen or vitamin E supplements for at least two weeks prior to your facial procedure. These medications act as a blood thinner and can increase your risk of bruising.
  2. Take 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C starting three days prior to surgery and for seven days after your facial procedure. Vitamin C aids in immunity and healing.
  3. Take three or four Arnica Montana supplement pellets under your tongue beginning three days prior to your facial surgery, recommends SurgicalArt.net. Take these four times a day and continue taking them for five days after the procedure. This is a homeopathic herb designed to reduce bruising.
  4. Take 1,000 milligrams of Bromelain supplements for the five days following surgery, says Dr. Scott M. Goldstein of TriCountyEye.com. This is a homeopathic medication designed to minimize facial bruising.
  5. Apply a cold compress to the facial bruising area every 20 minutes for 2 to 3 days after your procedure.
  6. Sleep with your head elevated at a 45-degree angle. This helps reduce swelling and bruising of the facial area, according to Aspen Rehabilitation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen before the procedure to minimize bruising.
  • Continue taking pre-procedure supplements for at least a week after the procedure.
  • I bruise easily, and I swear by arnica gel. It’s found in the health-food store and makes any kind of bruise disappear amazingly quickly.
  • You can take a vitamin C supplement before the procedure, but be sure to drink plenty of water if you do so to reduce a risk of kidney stones.
  • Never apply heat right after a procedure. It causes tissue swelling that can increase bleeding and worsen a bruise.

Some people react negatively to vitamin K. Test any lotions containing this ingredient in an inconspicuous spot before using on your face.

ICE PACKS: After treatment there are several ways to make homemade ice packs.  1) Try small plastic bags, from the supermarket, of peas or corn. These are even better than real icepacks as they conform to the eyes and mouth areas better. You can refreeze them for additional ice packs. Do NOT use for cooking. 2) Make your own ice bags. Use small plastic baggies with a solution ratio of 1/3 alcohol and 2/3 water. Freeze. This gives you a slushy mixture to place over your eyes or facial areas for bruising.

Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin

Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.

Don’t have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.

Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

by the Mayo Clinic