Tips to reduce swelling and bruising with fillers

The main complications with fillers is bruising and swelling for the 48 hours after your treatment.

Here are some tips on how to reduce filler related bruising and swelling.


Can be bought from any chemist or supermarket. It comes in both cream and tablet form.

If you are prone to bruising, I would advise taking the tablets two days before treatment then for a few days after – it has been proven that this can significantly reduce bruising.

If you see a bruise appearing or we can notice one in clinic after treatment then the cream or tablets can help reduce the bruising.

Medication and supplements

There are certain medication and supplements that should be avoided up to 2 weeks before any procedure as they increase your changes of bruising. As listed below

NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, mortin ect.

St johns wort, vitamin E, krill oil, fish oil, flaxseed oils, omega 3, gingko, ginseng, garlic and glucosamine.


Using a cold compress on the treated area that day/night, this will help to reduce swelling.


If you want to reduce that swelling, take some anti-histamine just remember to take the non-drowsy ones if its in the day.

Avoid Alcohol

Drinking alcohol post procedure can cause more bleeding and bruising.

To reduce the risk of bruising, don’t drink alcohol 24 hours before the procedure and the same after.


Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 24 hours after the procedure as it causes the blood vessels to dilate which will cause more bruising and swelling.

Any swelling or bruising will resolve in time but if you follow these protocols it will help reduce the appearance of bruising and swelling.