Unhappy with the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead creases? BOTOX®️ Cosmetic can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your face looking younger and fresher. However, some people find that BOTOX®️ Cosmetic injections can leave their face looking bruised or puffy after their treatment.
At Montana Aesthetics, Dr. Latha S. Vellanki and her team are dedicated to delivering the best possible results with medically supervised BOTOX®️ Cosmetic treatments. You can help prevent bruising and other possible side effects by following a few prep steps before your treatment.
BOTOX®️ Cosmetic and bruising
As with any cosmetic procedure, BOTOX®️ Cosmetic can have mild side effects. One of the more common side effects of BOTOX®️ Cosmetic is bruising around the injection sites. This bruising is typically minor and only lasts a few days, but it can be stressful and embarrassing.
We know you want to look your best, and if you’re new to BOTOX®️ Cosmetic, we want to help put your mind at ease. You can avoid bruising by prepping your face in advance following these five simple steps.
Skip the alcohol
Stop drinking alcohol for at least a week before you’re scheduled to have your BOTOX®️ Cosmetic treatment. This is because alcohol can affect your blood platelets and increase your odds of bruising at the injection site.
Adjust your medications
The Cleveland Clinic recommends that you cease taking over-the-counter medications that contain aspirin or anti-inflammatory properties at least two weeks before your procedure. These medications can thin your blood and cause bruising to worsen.
If you are on prescription blood thinners, talk to your primary physician and your aesthetician before getting BOTOX®️ Cosmetic, as it may not be medically safe for you to discontinue your prescribed medications for two weeks.
Hold off on some supplements
Certain supplements, such as ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, and even vitamin E can increase your chances of bruising. Stopping these specific supplements two weeks before your treatment can help prevent bruising after BOTOX®️ Cosmetic.
Declare your medical history
Make sure your aesthetician is aware of your medical history before your BOTOX®️ Cosmetic injections. This includes your medications, allergies, and any medical conditions you may have. Knowing all of the facts about your health can help our team customize your treatment to avoid excessive bruising at the injection site.
Take a proactive approach
In the days leading up to your treatment, increase your intake of natural supplements that have anti-bruising properties, such as bromelain and arnica. The day of your injections, you can also apply cold packs to your skin in preparation. And follow up with more cold treatment when you get home.
BOTOX®️ Cosmetic is a safe, effective way to resolve several cosmetic skin issues, and following these preparation tips can help you receive the benefits while minimizing the side effect of bruising. Book an appointment with Helena Dermatology & Montana Aesthetics today by calling us at (406) 443-7200, or request a BOTOX®️ Cosmetic consultation directly online.