How to Prevent Bruising After Derma Filler and Botox Treatment
Botox and dermal fillers are popular cosmetic procedures, especially for those who would love to get back their youthful glow. These injectable treatments can treat the signs of aging without any pain and long recovery period.
However, its side effects are no secret. Sometimes, bruising and swelling appear near the area that was treated. According to a research, almost 24% of patients experience bruising after injectable treatment procedures.
Luckily, these bruises are minor side effects, and can disappear in a 1 to 2 days.
Here is a list of the things you can do to decrease the intensity and likelihood of bruising after your injectable cosmetic procedure.
Before Your Injectable Procedure
How can you decrease the chances of bruising after a filler or Botox treatment? Here are simple prevention tips.
· Choose the right injection provider.
Choosing the right injection provider is crucial to the great results of your cosmetic treatment. You should be able to choose someone who is qualified and properly credentialed. He or she must have many years of experience in the industry, and has a good injection technique that can prevent bruising afterwards especially to obvious part such as eyebrow lift.
In some cases, your physician will be the one to do this. If not, make sure that the injector is supervised by one.
· Choose the correct injectable.
Some injectables are more likely to cause bruising compared to the others. Hyaluronic fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can cause bruising because they are usually injected deeper in the patient’s skin.
On the other hand, Botox and other neurotoxins can cause less bruising. This is because they don’t penetrate the skin very deeply.
At the end of the day, it’s important to always talk to your injector and dermatologist about all your concerns. Tell them directly that you don’t want to experience bruising post-treatment, so they should use the right products and techniques.
· Make sure to avoid blood thinning supplements and medications.
Always listen to the advice of your physician and injectors. They will tell you to stop drinking medicine and supplements that can cause blood thinning, or restrict blood’s ability to clot properly. These are the 2 factors that increase the possibility of bruising
Do you have pre-existing medical conditions? Discuss this with your doctor before the treatment.
If you really want to prevent bruising, discontinue your use of the following:
- Green tea
- Krill oil
- Vitamin E
- Flaxseed oils
- St John’s Wort
- Fish Oil
- Gingko Biloba
- Omega-3 fatty acids
After Your Injectable Procedure
Right after your Botox or filler procedure, consider taking natural remedies such as Arnica Montana. It has the power to treat bruises and decrease the post-surgery pain. You can decide if you want to use it topically (just apply it to the affected area), or take it in pill form.
Some injectors, however, recommend drinking the supplement some days prior to the treatment, to further prevent bruising.
· Elevated Sleeping
Make sure not to sleep for around 3 to 4 hours after the surgery. You need to avoid any inadvertent pressing or rubbing on the affected area.
The first evening after your procedure, remember to elevate your head (use an extra pillow!) while sleeping.
· Don’t touch the treated area.
Don’t touch the treated area for around 6 hours after the procedure. Moreover, don’t massage that specific part, unless instructed by your physician. Applying pressure on the injection part can cause further blood vessel trauma. This, in turn, can result to more bruising.
· Don’t engage in any strenuous physical activity.
Avoid all strenuous physical activities for 2 to 3 days after the procedure. This includes aerobic exercises and weight training. You should know that rigorous activities can increase blood flow and heart rate—this can prevent your damaged capillaries from healing quickly.
· Apply cold compress.
Use cold packs or cold compress within the first 8 hours after the procedure. This will help reduce swelling and bruising around the injection area. Apply it lightly for 5 to 10 minutes each hour.
· Eat pineapple and other high citrus fruits.
According to some research, eating high citrus fruits such as pineapples can help prevent bruising. Make sure to eat pineapple 1 to 2 days after the filler or Botox treatment.