BOTOX TREATMENTS & BRUISING
When doing Botox, it is hard to say if you will bruise. There area areas that have a higher tendency to bruise, such as around the eyes. There area a few things that will help reduce the chances of bruising, but there is never 100% chance of not bruising. Many times it depends on the injector, whether they are aggressive with the needle, or do they take their time to look for blood vessels. Things you can do to help reduce your chances of bruising before BOTOX LONDON treatment are:
1. Avoid certain medications & supplements:
Some prescription and over-the-counter medications can thin your blood. When this happens, you have higher risks of bleeding from even the slightest bit of damage.
Common medications and supplements with a blood-thinning effect include:
Warfarin, Pradaxa®, Eliquis®, and
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, like Advil® (ibuprofen) and Nurofen, Aspirin
Omega-3 supplements, like flaxseed and fish oil
Herbs, like St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng
If you take any medications, vitamins, supplements, or herbs, let us know in advance. We can make recommendations on what you should avoid taking in the days leading up to your injections to minimise any bruising with advice from your Doctor.
2. Avoid that drink
Sipping on a cocktail may seem like a relaxing idea, but alcohol can also increase your chances of bruising when you have Botox injections. That’s because alcohol temporarily relaxes and expands your blood vessels, which increases blood flow in your body. Fortunately, this is a temporary reaction, so you only have to avoid alcoholic beverages the night before and the day of your procedure for the best results.
3. Elevate and ice
An easy way to prevent unwanted bruising and swelling is by keeping your head elevated higher than your heart and applying ice at regular intervals. Keeping the treatment site higher than your heart prevents fluids from pooling, while ice reduces bleeding by constricting your blood vessels.
Plan on elevating the area and using ice for the first 2-3 days after your appointment.
4. Take it easy
While Botox usually don’t require downtime, that doesn’t mean you should resume vigorous activities immediately. They won’t hurt you, but they increase your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow, which can lead to unwanted bruising in the treatment site. Instead of taking a run or hitting the gym, opt for more gentle forms of exercise, like walking.