5 Tips to Prevent Bruising After Botox® and Dermal Filler Treatments

Treatments like Botox® can give your face a much-desired youthfulness, but what happens if you’re one of those people who bruise at the mention of a needle? If your skin and capillaries are particularly prone to the reaction when you receive injections, bruising can be an unwanted result of Botox administration.

At Skin Shop MedSpa in Houston, Texas, Dr. Tiffany Su provides expert aesthetic injections of Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. She’ll apply a numbing cream before she begins, so you won’t feel more than a slight pinch, but you can also use these tips to prevent bruising in the days after your treatment.

1. Watch out for blood thinners  

Some medications can thin your blood, putting you at a higher risk of bleeding. If you take daily or occasional meds, herbs, or supplements, let us know. We’re particularly looking for:

2. Be proactive

Consider looking into holistic remedies for recovery before you get your Botox treatment. Arnica montana comes in oral forms and topical creams, gels, or ointments. Using Arnica montana for several days before and after your treatment can help reduce your chances of bruising after injection. 

3. Avoid alcohol  

Alcohol can also increase your chances of bruising after Botox injections because alcohol temporarily relaxes and expands your blood vessels, increasing blood flow. Typically, abstaining the night before your treatment as well as the day after will prevent alcohol from impacting your level of bruising. 

4. Cold packs

Keep your head propped up when you lie down and try cold packs applied to your face gently for 20 minutes at a time. This will also help prevent bruising, especially if you start as soon after your injections as possible. It’s a great chance to catch up on an audiobook or a podcast while you relax and recuperate. 

Plan on elevating the area and using ice for the first 2-3 days after your appointment. Then, switch from ice to heat, which increases blood flow and helps flush damaged cells from the area.

5. Skip the workout

Botox usually doesn’t require downtime, but vigorous activity can increase your heart rate, and also increases blood flow, so lay off the spin cycling until the day after your treatment. It won’t hurt to skip a day if you can avoid unwanted bruising in the treatment site. 


Ready for your first Botox treatment? Contact our office at 713-701-1717 to schedule your appointment today, or book online for your convenience.

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