July 20, 2022

How do I prevent bruising after injectables?

Written by RN Isabelle

Introducing The 510 Technique.

We’ve all heard of the #60SecondRule when it comes to cleansing our face, so let me introduce to you the #510 Technique, which is all you need to help reduce bruising post-injectables.

As I’m sure most of you know by now, bruising post-injectables, although unwanted, is often very common.

Bruising is a perfectly normal response that occurs when the blood vessels underneath the skin are punctured by the needle used to inject the dermal filler (or antiwrinkle, although this is less common). When this occurs, the blood leaks out of the vessel and pools there with nowhere else to go. This blood will remain there until your body begins to heal and absorb the blood. The area will initially appear dark and blue, changing colour as it begins to heal. With this, mild pain and swelling may also occur.

Now, this risk will vary depending on the area being treated. For example, the lips will likely have a higher risk of bruising compared to the cheeks. This is because the lips are a very vascular area, and therefore, the veins are harder to avoid.

Sure, there are steps you can take to help minimise this risk, such as stopping certain medications and reducing alcohol consumption in the lead-up to your appointment, however, The 510 Technique allows you to continue minimising your risk of, and severity of, bruising post-treatment through cool compression.

We may not be able to entirely prevent a bruise from occurring, but we can certainly take steps to minimise this risk, reducing the size and severity of the bruising. This is where The 510 Technique comes in!

Bruising, although unwanted, is a natural part of the body’s healing process, and will not impact the final results of your treatment.


Simply apply a cool compress (gel ice-pack) to the area for 5 seconds on and 5 seconds off, in 10 minute intervals following your dermal filler appointment. Be careful not to apply pressure to the area. This is to be done for the first 24-48 hours post-treatment, 3-5 times a day.


When the cool compress is applied to the treated area, it immediately begins to lower the skin’s temperature and cause the vessels in the area to constrict. By doing so, the amount of blood leaking out from the punctured vessel is reduced, thereby minimising the spread and size of the bruise, allowing it to heal faster.

In addition to this, the reduced blood flow from the cool compression will assist with minimising discomfort and swelling in the area also.

The 510 Technique, when used correctly, we


The 510 Technique is safe for everyone. As with any tips or tricks involving your skin (or health for that matter), whether this 510 Technique is right for you will really be a question for you to answer for yourself.

If you are someone that often “bruises like a peach,” then this is definitely worth a try. 

And by all means, you can play around with the number of times you reapply the compress; 5 times a day if you are concerned, or maybe just 2 times a day if you are not too worried.

Try it out and see for yourself!


The goal of this technique is, of course, to reduce the risk and size of bruising post injectables.

The 510 Technique focuses primarily on post-procedure care, yet there are certainly additional steps you can take pre-treatment to further reduce your risk of bruising. 

This includes eliminating blood-thinning medications and anti-inflammatories for one week prior to treatment. Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, anticoagulant therapy and, yes, alcohol too.

Moreover, the use of Arnica, Hirudoid cream and Vitamin K in the area post-treatment will again reduce inflammation and speed up healing.

So give The 510 Technique a go! It is a trick that doesn’t hurt to test out!

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