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Botox Bruising: What Causes Bruises and Tips to Prevent Them

A common concern from patients in aesthetic medicine is bruising. At Lifescape Aesthetics, we approach every treatment with a dedicated focus on helping you achieve your beauty goals while ensuring optimal safety and outcomes.


What Causes Botox Bruising?

Bruising occurs when a blood vessel is injured under the skin, a risk that is inherent in procedures involving injections such as Botox or fillers. It's important to note that bruising is not necessarily indicative of poor technique or a reason to distrust your injector.

How Can You Prevent Bruising After Botox?

Preventing bruising starts before you even step into the clinic. Here are several tips to help you minimize the risk:

Avoid Certain Medications and Substances

Stay clear of aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDs at least 24 hours before your treatment—up to a week if possible. These medications can increase bleeding and bruising.
Refrain from alcohol and exercise for 24 hours before your appointment. Both can dilate your blood vessels, making them more susceptible to injury.

Inform Your Injector About Blood Thinners

Many patients take blood thinners for health reasons. It's critical not to discontinue these medications without medical advice, but do inform your injector. This allows them to adjust their technique to reduce the risk of bruising.

Model: Dr. Laurie Walsh

Post-Treatment Care

Apply ice intermittently for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and bruising. Continue to avoid alcohol and exercise for a day after the treatment.

Applying pressure and using Arnica can also be beneficial. Arnica may even be taken a few days before the treatment to mitigate bruising, particularly for those who bruise easily.

Consider Supplements to Manage Bruising

Supplements like Arnica, which can be taken in tablet or pellet form, help in managing bruising.

Digestive enzymes such as bromelain from pineapples or papain from papayas are beneficial when taken without food, as they help reduce inflammation and speed up the healing of bruises.

Remember, a beautiful outcome involves both the art of aesthetics and the science of medicine.

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