If you’re like us, you enjoy everything about Botox except for the needles and those pesky bruises afterward. While we don’t have the technology to take needles out of the equation quite yet, bruising can be avoided by following a few simple tips before, during, and after treatment. Check out our top five ways to minimize unsightly bruises during your next Botox treatment!
1. Eliminate Blood Thinners from Your Diet
Bruising is caused by blood that seeps into the tissue surrounding an injection site, so the sooner your blood coagulates, the less purpling you’ll see. Unfortunately there are a ton of everyday medicines, vitamins, and supplements which thin blood, leading to slower coagulation. To lower the risk of bruising from thin blood, stop taking these pills at least a week before your treatment:
Asprin, Exedrin, Fish Oil, Ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve, Motrin), Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, St. John’s Wart, Omega-3 Acids, and Vitamin E.If you need a blood-safe pain reliever, Tylenol is your best bet. Garlic and alcohol can also thin blood, but you only need to refrain from ingesting these two days before your treatment. Afterward, wait an additional two days before incorporating the above back to your diet.
2. Eat Fresh Pineapple
It may sound silly, but pineapple is rich in bromelain, a mixture of enzymes proven to help your body manage bruising and inflammation. It’s important that you buy a whole fresh pineapple, not canned or dried chunks, as the enzymes quickly lose their potency after the fruit is cut. Some health stores also sell bromelain in capsules for easy consumption. However you choose to take your dose, make sure you get some bromelain in your system before and after your treatment for maximum results.
3. Ask for a Numbing Cream
Most Botox patients have the option of using an anesthetic cream before their treatment. Topical numbing agents will not only make the procedure more pleasant, but the pain-busting ingredients can slow blood flow by constricting blood vessels near the surface of the skin. Ask your Botox provider if they offer numbing creams during your consultation appointment so that everything is set to go the day of the treatment.
4. Compress + Cold
The easiest thing you can do to halt bruise-forming blood flow after an injection is to apply pressure. It takes an average of five minutes for blood to clot, so after the procedure is complete just take a sterile cloth and gently press on the injection site for the full three-hundred seconds. If you’re getting a full facial treatment with many injection sites, concentrate on any areas with blood seepage. Ask for ice when checking out and apply it in five minute intervals to further aid your post-Botox recovery.
5. Watch Your Heart Rate
After you’ve gotten your injections and applied ice, just take it easy for the next couple of days. Restrict exercise to walking and try to avoid activities that would bring your heart rate above 100 BPM. If you’re into yoga, do the gentler stretching poses, but don’t attempt inversions or hot-room sessions. In fact it’s best to refrain from exposing yourself to any environment hot enough to make your skin flush or sweaty, as the heat brings extra blood to your face that could promote bruising.
While all of these tips will minimize your chances of bruising, the most important factor in how your Botox treatment heals is the injector themselves. Don’t be afraid to request a thinner 30-gauge injection needle before treatment and ask doctors if you should expect bruising based on how the operation went. Need help finding a qualified Botox doctor in you area? Contact us today! In no time our Botox Forum representatives will schedule you a free and confidential consultation at the clinic of your choice!