While bruising after receiving a Botox treatment is rare, it can happen to some. Even the best physicians can cause a patient to bruise after administering Botox. When it does occur, often times the needle can knick a blood vessel, allowing blood to leak below the surface of the skin causing the surface to appear reddish and/or purple. But there are things you can do to reduce bruising, or manage it if it occurs.
Chances of bruising increases in patients on blood thinners, such as aspirins and ibuprofens, and in patients who frequently drink alcoholic beverages. Such ingestions increase blood flow, which increases inflammations to the treated area.
We advise patients to use VitaMedica’s Arnica Montana, which is a natural product that comes from a plant organically grown in the United States and Europe, before and after Botox treatment to relieve bruising and swelling. Arnica Montana can be purchased in office without a prescription.
Applying ice packs to treatment area also reduces the chance of getting a bruise by reducing the flow of blood to the area. While ice is extremely effect in bruise reduction, and should be applied before and after a Botox treatment, it should never be applied directly to the skin. Instead, use ice wrapped in a thin cloth.
We also encourage taking vitamin C, and eating foods high in bioflavonoids to strengthen blood vessels. Such foods include citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, and green teas.
If you still see bruising to the treated area, no worries. Bruising usually last between two and three days, and up to seven days in some cases. Keep in mind that everyone heals differently and at their own pace.