How to Minimize Bruising After Facial Procedures

Applying a cold compress can help reduce bruising.
Applying a cold compress can help reduce bruising. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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.

Things You'll Need

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

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.

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.

Take three or four Arnica Montana supplement pellets under your tongue beginning three days prior to your facial surgery, recommends 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.

Take 1,000 milligrams of Bromelain supplements for the five days following surgery, says Dr. Scott M. Goldstein of This is a homeopathic medication designed to minimize facial bruising.

Apply a cold compress to the facial bruising area every 20 minutes for 2 to 3 days after your procedure.

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.

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