Whenever a needle is used to pierce the skin, there is a risk it will injure a blood vessel which can bleed into the skin, causing a bruise –

  • Remember we do get bruises in life for all sorts of reasons, and they always heal, usually within 10 days.
  • There are some over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements that slow the time your blood takes to clot and therefore make bruising more likely, these include: Alcohol, vitamins A, C and E, fish oils, garlic, St. John’s Wort, ibuprofen and aspirin (this list is not exhaustive). Our doctor will advise and possibly recommend you avoid taking them for 7 days before the procedure. Alcohol should be avoided the day before and after
  • Most (but not all) bruises can be covered by make-up – best to wait 12hrs after treatment.
  • After 48 hours, applying a warm compress two or three times a day, may help to promote blood flow to clear the bruise in less time.
  • There are some herbal and homeopathic remedies that claim to help relieve the pain, swelling, or discolouration of bruises. These treatments have not been proven to be effective by scientific testing, but patients report them to be helpful, such as Arnica (cream, gel or tablet form).
  • If you are worried the bruise is excessive, or it is associated with heat, extreme swelling or pain (beyond the usual associated with bruises you may have experienced in the past), contact us for a consultation with our doctor
  • If your bruising is associated with a paleness or looks mottled in any way, contact us for an urgent assessment with our doctor, or present to your nearest hospital if out of office hours