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Thanks to injectables like BOTOX and fillers, aging gracefully has never been so easy. Getting injectables is one of the most convenient ways to reduce the signs of aging or enhance the contours of the face. If you’re new to the injectables game and are concerned that you may develop bruising as a result of your injections, we have some tips that you may want to know. While these suggestions (and finding a skilled injector!) may help reduce the chances that you will bruise after your treatment, it is also important to know that there is simply no way to guarantee this won’t happen. Still, it’s worth a try!

Why Do Some People Get Bruises from Injectable Treatment?

Some people are just more prone to bruising because of their DNA. However, in most cases, we see bruising related to controllable factors like regular alcohol consumption, excessive exercise shortly before getting injections, and using blood thinners. The good news is that, if bruising occurs after treatment, it usually clears up in 1 to 2 days. If we can help you avoid it, though, we want to.

Before your scheduled injectable treatment, try the following to reduce your risk of bruising:

  • Take vitamin C. A daily dose of vitamin C is believed to help the body resist bruising.
  • Take Arnica Montana. This supplement may be taken orally starting a few days before injections. After treatment, oral supplementation can continue to work against bruising. Arnica gel can also be applied topically if bruises do develop.
  • Limit alcohol consumption starting several days before injections. Ideally, patients can completely refrain from alcohol for 2 days before and 2 days after their appointment.
  • Avoid blood-thinners. Aspirin, ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, Ginko Biloba, krill, and vitamin E are common culprits. Prescription blood-thinners should never be stopped without the prescribing doctor’s approval.
  • Eat pineapple. This sounds off the wall, we know, but recent studies have shown that pineapple contains enzymes that can help prevent bruising.
  • Apply cold compresses. If bruising develops, you can manage the side effect by gently applying a cold compress to the area for 5 to 10 minutes every hour for a few hours. Do NOT apply pressure or massage.

Your younger, contoured face awaits. To schedule your injectable treatment at Westport Dermatology, contact us at (203) 226-3600.

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