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How can I prevent swelling and bruising after a cosmetic procedure?

To keep aftereffects like swelling and bruising to a minimum, do the following:
  • avoid strenuous workouts for the first day or two unless you have stitches (say, from a mole removal), then ask your doctor about timing
  • skip wine, beer, and liquor that night to prevent flushing and mild blood thinning (which could increase bruising); underscore this if you’re taking painkillers, you don’t want them to interact with alcohol
  • sleep with your head elevated for a night or two
  • scrupulously apply sunscreen, but use a mineral-based titanium or zinc formula to avoid irritation from sunscreen chemicals
  • if you’re having any kind of skin resurfacing, or a light acid peel, or certain laser treatments (ask your doctor), stop using any skin products that contain retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and glycolic acids for the day before and a day or two afterward. Again, ask your physician for specific guidelines here.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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