Newbie's Guide to BOTOX®: 5 Steps to Prevent Bruising

Since its introduction in 2002 as an anti-aging weapon, millions of people in the United States, and around the world, have availed themselves of this minimally invasive cosmetic injectable to dial back the years. Not only is BOTOX effective, there’s no downtime afterward and very few complications. In fact, one of the only concerns is bruising at the site of the injections, which can be avoided with a few easy steps.

Here at Artius Integrative Medicine, our team of healthcare providers and aestheticians believes that our Great Falls, Virginia, clients should have the tools they need to feel and look great, inside and out. To that end, we offer BOTOX as part of our suite of cosmetic injectables, which is FDA-approved to temporarily improve the appearance of your moderate-to-severe frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines.

If you’re envious of your friends who look years younger thanks to BOTOX and want to try it for yourself, the following tips to avoid bruising will help you enjoy your results to their fullest.

1. Mind your meds

If you routinely take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like Advil® or Motrin®, or aspirin, these medications can thin your blood, making you more susceptible to bruising. A week before your scheduled BOTOX treatment with us, steer clear of these products if you can (and for a day or two afterward).

If you’re on blood thinners for heart problems, please stick to your regimen and always talk to your doctor before making any changes in these important medications.

2. Mind your supplements

If you’re taking supplements like vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, or garlic, these, too, have blood-thinning effects. To avoid bruising after BOTOX, perhaps curtail your use of these supplements for a week before your appointment.

3. Ice it up

Immediately after your BOTOX treatments, we recommend that you apply ice to the injection sites. This cooling therapy constricts your blood vessels, which can help prevent bruising. The icing will also take care of any minor discomfort you may be feeling.

4. Try arnica

Arnica, which comes from the arnica herb, has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever and it also does wonders with bruising. Arnica comes in tablets or an ointment and can be found in most pharmacies or natural supplements stores.

5. Skip the booze

The night before your BOTOX treatment, you may want to skip that glass of wine or cocktail since alcohol can interfere with the platelets in your blood. By avoiding alcohol before your treatment, you’ll have something to really toast afterward.

While these five tips will serve you well in avoiding bruising after BOTOX injections, enough can’t be said about finding the right professionals to administer your BOTOX. Our highly qualified team understands where and how to inject BOTOX for best effect, and how to keep your skin in the pink of health.

To schedule your BOTOX appointment, give us a call at (844) 927-8487 or use our convenient online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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