Botox – Dermal Fillers Methods to avoid side effects (Bruising).

In a previous article (BLOG) the differences between Botox and Dermal fillers were considered and the fact that some side effects may be experienced (albeit minimal).  There are ways however these, particularly bruising, can be minimised.  Bruises occur all the time, a fall, stumbling against furniture will often result in a bruise.  These can be painful and unsightly particularly in the facial area and most of us would prefer these disappear quickly!

Haematomas, essentially a bruise, occur when blood vessels burst – this causes damage to the soft tissue of the skin and the discolouring on the surface. Dermal Fillers and Botox can result in some facial bruising usually in areas such as the under the eyes, the lips and some other areas.  The treatment itself produces the desired outcome of slowing down and reversing the signs of ageing but it can result in this side effect occurring.

What are the steps that can be taken to reduce this side effect?

  1. Avoid Alcohol – this actually enlarges blood vessels which in effect can cause more bruising (beer, wine and spirits all can have long-term effect on the size of blood vessels).  If you are having this treatment it is recommended that abstinence for a few days before and after the treatment will assist in lessening the risk of bruising.
  2. Medication – Your practitioner will have a consultation with you before any treatment and this will include discussing any medication that you are taking.  If you are taking blood thinners then you should stop taking these a week before your treatment (if you are taking a prescribed medication then check with your doctor before treatment) the following should be avoided:
  • Ibruprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Aleve
  • Excedrin
  • Motrin
  • Naproxen
  • Advil
  • Avoid touching the Injection site – Any touching or massaging of the site can cause bruising so this should be avoided for at least 24 hours.
  • Consume Pineapple – these contain natural enzymes that many practitioners believe assist in reducing or minimizing bruising (although not guaranteed). The fruit contains Bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory that reduces sweeling and bruising is suggested that eating pineapple 2- 3 times a day will help to reduce the side effect of bruising.
  • The Application of a cold compress – We are familiar with this technique and most have used it or seen it used when treating a black eye!  Ice constricts the blood vessels so decreases any bruising or swelling.  A fresh compress should be applied for five to ten minutes every hour. 
  • Raised Pillow – use 2 pillows (as opposed to single pillow) this more elevated position may help ease any swelling and bruising from occurring.
  • Arnica – Homeopathic remedy.  This can be taken in tablet or gel form and can help reduce any swelling or bruising.  The gel can be applied at the injection site (following treatment) for 24 hours applying this every 1 or 2 hours.  When opting for the tablet take these at least four days before the treatment.
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