How to Minimize Bruising and Swelling after Botox or Filler Treatment

Minimize Side Effects of Dermal Filler Injections

Injectable products, including Botox and fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today. With a few injections, the products can soften facial wrinkles and creases or refine the facial contours without the time, money and effort required when undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery.

One downside of cosmetic injectables is that they can cause bruising or swelling after treatment. However, with a few simple techniques, you can reduce your chances of noticeable bruising and swelling after Botox or filler treatment.

Select Your Injector Carefully

The skill and experience of your injector heavily influence the outcomes. The techniques they use may minimize post-operative bruising and swelling. A talented injector can also recommend the injectable product that is right for your particular needs and goals. They can talk to you about products that have the lowest chances for bruising and swelling.

Refrain from Certain Medications and Supplements

Specific medications and supplements are known to increase bruising after injectable treatment, including the following:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Vitamin E
  • Fish oil
  • Flaxseed oil

Normally when you schedule your injectable appointment, you should receive a list of medications and supplements to avoid in the days leading up to the visit. If any of the instructions seem unclear, reach out to your doctor to clarify.

Use a Cold Compress

Lightly applying a cold compress to the treated area within the first eight hours of treatment can help reduce bruising and swelling. Be sure to avoid applying ice directly to the skin; instead, wrap it with a thin cloth.

Keep Your Head Elevated while Sleeping

Sleeping and resting with your head elevated for two to four days after treatment can help reduce visible bruising and swelling. You don’t need to sleep in a completely upright position, but you can prop your head up with one or two extra pillows.

Avoid Strenuous Activity after Treatment

Exercising or playing sports immediately after treatment with Botox or fillers may lead to prolonged or severe swelling or bruising. Vigorous activity raises your heart rate and blood flow, which can delay healing at the injection site. It’s best to avoid strenuous physical activities, including cardio/aerobic or weight lifting activities, for the first day or so after treatment.

Avoid Salty or Processed Foods

Consuming salty or processed foods, including fast foods, may exacerbate swelling. Instead, opt for plenty of fresh fruits (including pineapple, which is thought to prevent bruising) and vegetables instead.

For more information about minimizing visible bruising and swelling after treatment with Botox and fillers, contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center today.