Nazarian Plastic Surgery Services in Beverly Hills, LA

Bruising Treatments


Bruising Treatments

At Nazarian Plastic Surgery, we believe that it is our job to help our Beverly Hills and beyond patients to look and feel fantastic. We have the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures to help you “turn back the clock”, boost self-confidence, and restore optimal body proportion. Bruising, however, can be an unfortunate side effect of many aesthetic procedures. In order to combat this and speed up your healing process, we also offer our patients a full range of bruising treatments.

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Pairs Well With


    NazarianSkin Tinted Physical Sunscreen is a mineral, broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen is a lightweight, tinted formula excellent for very sensitive and post-procedure skin types. Chemical free actives and enhanced antioxidant protection to combat skin aging free radicals associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR).

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    Arnica, Bromelain, and Vitamin K are widely used pre-procedure in the cosmetic surgery industry for their ability to help minimize bruising and swelling after a surgical or non-surgical procedure.

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  • LightStim- for Wrinkles

    An anti-aging device provides professional strength treatment to improve the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. This product helps maintain a youthful appearance & comes with a timer to target specific areas of concern.

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  • Alastin INhance - Post-Injection Serum

    A daily serum designed to accelerate the recovery process after injectable treatments. It helps minimize bruising and swelling and promotes a plump, hydrated appearance.

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Ideal Candidate

A bruise is really just the body’s healing reaction to trauma. It occurs when the capillaries, which are your body’s tiny blood vessels, get pierced or cut from:
  • an injectable such as Botox or filler
  • a surgical incision 
Blood seeps out of the broken capillaries, gets trapped under the surface of your skin, and a bruise is born. Some patients bruise more easily than others. But anyone who has a non-surgical or surgical procedure is at risk for bruising. This is why Dr. Nazarian recommends bruising treatments for all of her patients — male and female.

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Bruising Prevention

One of the easiest ways to treat a bruise is by lowering your risk of developing one in the first place. This is why Dr. Nazarian recommends  that all of her patients start on our medical grade Arnica, Bromelain, and Vitamin K tablets two to four weeks before your procedure. These are available for purchase in our Beverly Hills office or online at The Skin Spot (link to the purchase page). Dr. Nazarian also advises that her patients stop blood thinners, if medically safe, for two weeks prior to their procedure as they can greatly increase your chance of bruising. This includes:
  • Aleve
  • Motrin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Herbal medications
  • Green tea
  • Alcohol (especially wine) 
With injectables, in particular, applying ice, and deep breathing during your procedure will also help to decrease your risk of bruising. All of this being said, whenever anything pierces your skin, there is a chance that it will leave a bruise. For this reason, we always advise that you leave at least a 2 week window between your injectables treatment and any important event, just in case.

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Bruise Treatment Prevention

As discussed, the key with bruising treatments is to start early. Dr. Nazarian recommends medical grade arnica pills for any patient who is undergoing an aesthetic procedure whether it is fillers, Coolsculpting or a breast augmentation OcuMend® patches are another great option to prevent bruises from forming. She will often use these on her injectables patients. OcuMend™ patches work best when applied within 15 minutes of treatment, and continued overnight. They are available for purchase in-office, and online at The Skin Spot (link to the purchase page).  To speed up the healing process, and more quickly dissipate bruises that have already formed, there are two options: Broad Band Light (BBL™), which is a form of photofacial, and the PicoSure laser. The latter works extremely well on hemosiderin staining which can occur after a really intense bruise.  Dr. Nazarian also carries a full range of skin care products especially formulated for treated skin that are great for covering up any post op bruising and swelling. This includes tinted sunscreens as well as Oxygenetix, an oxygen rich foundation that provides breathable, full, natural looking coverage.

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Arnica for Bruising

Just about every patient who comes in to see Dr. Nazarian is prescribed a medical grade compounded pill of Arnica, Bromelain and Vitamin K both with and without Turmeric. Arnica is an herb that has long been embraced for its healing properties, especially its ability to reduce swelling and bruising. Bromelain is a mix of enzymes from the pineapple plant. It also has been proven effective in helping to reduce post op bruising, pain, and swelling. Vitamin K, which is found in leafy green vegetables, is often used by doctors to treat bleeding issues. This makes it a good bruising treatment option. And the spice turmeric is an anti-inflammatory renowned for its wound healing abilities. However, it does thin the blood a bit. For this reason, Dr. Nazarian will give you the compounded pill without turmeric to take before your procedure, and the one with turmeric to take afterwards.  OcuMend® patches combine nanotechnology, medical grade arnica, and a ledum hydrogel pad. Clinically proven to prevent bruising, pain and swelling, their potency is 50 times higher than other arnica products. Patients who use these pads after an injectables treatment report reduced bruising, redness and discomfort.

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Asked Questions

I bruise really easily. Is there anything I can do before a Botox injection to reduce my risk?

Yes. When it comes to any kind of injectables, the first thing is to make certain that you see someone with a lot of experience. This will greatly reduce your risk of post treatment bruising. Second, try the OcuMend™ patches immediately after treatment. They are particularly effective with injectable procedures such as Botox, fillers or Kybella. I also have all of my patients take a medical grade Arnica, Bromelain, and Vitamin K pill after injections. If you are a known bruiser, I recommend starting them two weeks before treatment. Also, stop blood thinners for two weeks before your procedure, including alcohol, green tea, herbal medications/teas, and most medications other than Tylenol.

Does it matter what color the bruise is when it comes to picking an appropriate bruising treatment?

The advantage of bruising treatments is to help speed up your body’s healing process. So, they work best when the bruise is at the red, purple stage. Once the bruise begins to turn yellow and green, you are already well on your way to healed.

I hate the feeling of a heavy foundation, but need one to cover up the tell tale bruises from my facelift. Can you help?

I am a big fan of the Oxygenetix line of foundation. It’s why we carry it in our Beverly Hills office. You can also order it online at It provides the kind of full coverage that you need to camouflage post op bruising and redness. But it looks natural and feels great on the skin because it breathes. It also comes in a full range of color options so it works with all skin tones.

How many sessions will it take with the BBL™ to get rid of my bruise?

It is impossible to say without seeing you in person or at least a photo. My best advice would be for you to speak with your plastic surgeon. I like to go over all of the bruising treatment options with my patients during their initial consultation. Then, I follow their healing process closely post operatively. At that point, I can give a realistic recommendation in terms of the number of treatments. In our office, BBL™ for bruising is included in your procedure price if your bruising goes beyond one month (which is rare, but it can happen).

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