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Banishing Bruises: Tips for Post-BOTOX and Dermal Filler Bruising

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drgoodman @ 9:39 pm
A woman looking in the mirror after dermal fillers

After receiving BOTOX or dermal fillers, dealing with bruising is often a concern for many patients. While these cosmetic procedures can provide remarkable results, this unsightly side-effect can be a damper on your celebration. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use at home to minimize and even eliminate bruising post-treatment.

If you want to learn some effective tips for managing bruises after BOTOX or dermal filler injections, continue reading.

What Causes Bruises After BOTOX and Dermal Fillers?

Bruises happen when a blood vessel under the skin is damaged in some way. There’s no dentist that can predict where a vessel is in your face, so sometimes the needle hits one of them. This may not happen every time, but there are some ways you can try to minimize the chances.

Pre-Procedure Preparation

Before your BOTOX or dermal filler appointment, there are several things you can do to prepare yourself for the possibility of bruising.

Avoid Blood Thinners

Prior to undergoing treatment, it’s best to avoid blood-thinning medications or supplements as they can increase the risk of bruising. If you’re unsure which of your medications might create this effect, talk to your dentist. They’ll be able to tell you which ones to avoid.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water before (and after) your treatment can help improve circulation and promote faster healing. Proper hydration supports the body’s natural ability to repair damaged tissues and can aid in reducing bruising.

Take Vitamin C

A lack of vitamin C can contribute to the appearance of bruises after your treatment. So, be sure to take a supplement or eat foods like broccoli, oranges, or peppers before your appointment.

Post-Procedure Treatments

Once your BOTOX or dermal filler treatment is over, you can begin to take care of your skin and help prevent bruising:

Ice it Up

Applying ice or a cold compress to the area right after injections can help reduce the appearance of bruises. Wrap the ice pack in a cloth and gently apply it to the bruised area for 20-minute intervals. Be sure to take at least 30 minutes between to prevent damage to the skin from over-cooling.

Avoid Exercise

It’s best to put your workout routine on hold for a few days while your face heals. Strenuous activities, like aerobics or heavy lifting can increase blood flow to the treated area and worsen bruising.

Elevate Your Head

Keeping your head above your heart while resting or sleeping is important to keep blood from pooling in your face. This is a simple way to keep your damaged blood vessels from worsening, potentially avoiding more bruises.

BOTOX and dermal fillers are both great ways to keep your face looking plump and youthful. And, by implementing these tips, you can help keep your skin looking its best so you can enjoy the results to their fullest.

About the Practice

Dr. A. Gary Goodman and Dr. Jeremy Goodman are talented and friendly dental experts who have decades of experience. They use the latest dental technology and techniques to create personalized treatment plans to reach all your smile goals effectively and affordably. Call (410) 263-1919 to schedule a BOTOX or dermal filler consultation at Goodman Dental Care or visit the website to discover other services they provide.

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