How Do You Stop Bruising After Fillers or BOTOX®?

Wrinkles are an inevitability at some point in everyone’s lifetime, because skin goes through major changes over time. There are some simple cosmetic treatments—including muscle-relaxing and volume-adding injectables—that will temporarily address wrinkles if you’re bothered by their appearance and want to look younger. One of the most frequent questions we receive from patients in relation to these options is: “Will I bruise after having fillers or BOTOX®?” Although injectables are highly convenient because they are low-risk, minimally invasive, and well-tolerated, there are some side effects that typically occur within the first seven to 14 days. With any type of injection for medical or cosmetic purposes, some degree of bruising is always a possibility. This is perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about. The bruising happens when small blood vessels get nicked by a sharp needle introducing filler or a neuromodulator below the skin. Some areas of the face, such as the lips, are more prone to bruising because they are more vascular—which means they have more blood vessels. During your consultation, our team can recommend ways for you to reduce the risk of these side effects. Here are some basic techniques to prevent and treat bruising that may occur after you have wrinkle injections from our Westlake Village-based practice. 

Stop Taking Blood-Thinning Medications

For a least a week before your appointment, you’ll need to avoid taking medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin. You also need to avoid supplements that have anticoagulant effects such as St. John’s Wort, green tea, vitamin E, and ginseng. Since these medications and supplements prevent blood from clotting, they make you more likely to bruise or bleed. Note that any change to your medications or supplements should be thoroughly discussed with a medical provider. It’s important to make these decisions only if it is healthy and safe for you to do so.

Apply a Cold Compress

Apply pressure with a cold compress right after having the injections to minimize bruising by promoting vasoconstriction.

Use a Natural Remedy 

You can take arnica montana in pill form or apply it as a topical ointment several times a day, or take a bromelain supplement for several days after you’ve had BOTOX® or fillers to reduce the bruising. 

Contact Pierre Skin Care Institute for more advice about wrinkle injections. Call 805-496-9190 or submit a contact formto request a consultation and find out which cosmetic technique is the best choice for you. 

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