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Bruising On The Forehead After Botox Treatment: Common Or A Cause For Worry?

Botulinum toxin injection (or Botox treatment) is a common medical and cosmetic procedure that uses botulinum toxin to relax facial muscles. It’s an incredibly versatile procedure, as it’s used to treat conditions like a droopy eyelid, cervical dystonia, excessive sweating, muscle spasm or muscle weakness, and facial wrinkles. But like all cosmetic injections, side effects from the procedure aren’t uncommon especially bruising.

So how exactly should you deal with bruising from your Botox appointment? You can reduce the likelihood of bruises appearing by avoiding certain medications, taking supplements like arnica to help deal with bruises, and with basic first-aid at home. Bruises in general should not last long even without treatment.

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Why Bruises Happen After Botox Injections

Bruising is a common side-effect after any injectable treatment and is not limited solely to a Botox injection. But because botox forehead injections are in a more visible place, the likelihood of bruising developing on the treatment area is much higher and more noticeable.

Bruising occurs when the injection in the treated area has cut through a blood vessel, causing trauma to the subdermal layers of the skin. Because needles pierce the skin rather than push, there is some likelihood that injuries like bruising will occur. Botox treatments on the forehead are somewhat susceptible to this since its position on the face makes it more likely to show bruising and discoloration.

However, it’s important to note that bruising after a botox cosmetic treatment doesn’t happen that often, especially if your procedure is done by an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Botox providers are generally very careful with botulinum toxin injections (especially on a first-time patient) so the risk of getting bruises or swelling after treatment is quite low. But because of the different facial anatomies between each patient, it can sometimes happen.

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What Can You Do To Manage Bruises After Botox?

Fortunately, cosmetic botox treatments are unlikely to cause significant trauma to an injection site like the forehead, and any bruises, swelling, or discoloration that you may encounter after your procedure will fade within a few days. Nevertheless, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that any bruises you get after your Botox treatment disappear faster.

Stay Away From Blood-Thinning Medication

One factor that can make bruises more likely to form is if there is blood thinner in your system. NSAIDs like Advil or ibuprofen can drastically slow down the platelets in your blood, which increases your blood flow. This is especially important in the case of people who need to take these medications for an underlying condition.

Since your platelets are responsible for sealing up any wounds that you receive, slowing down platelet movement means that they won’t get to any potentially ruptured veins around the forehead or in the injection site. This means that your chances of getting a bruise are higher since the platelets can’t conduct repairs before a bruise develops.

A good way to prevent this from happening is to give your Botox provider a complete rundown of any medications you’re taking, as well as listening to their advice about medications after your botox treatment.

Take Arnica Tablets

An exception to the substances that you may take is arnica montana tablets, which is an over-the-counter supplement that you can get from your local drugstore. In its base form, the arnica plant is a perennial flower that’s been traditionally used as a product that can treat bruising or swelling. It’s available in plenty of formulations, but most commonly in pill or tablet form.

However, make sure that you get a legitimate arnica product if you’re ever thinking of using it. While the real arnica montana can help you manage bruising and swelling after your botox treatment, fake products may actually worsen your symptoms. As a result, avoid buying arnica tablets from online shops or anywhere else that isn’t certified for their distribution.

It may also be helpful to inform your doctor or dermatologist that you’re considering taking arnica tablets for any potential bruising that may occur. As discussed, with a skilled enough injector it may not be necessary. But in case you do end up using it, it’s good that a medical professional is informed.

Cold Therapy

Perhaps the most accessible of all methods used to manage bruises is ice packs. Since the cold constricts your blood flow, the risk of developing bruises after a botox injection greatly decreases. Ask your botox provider about the best way to use ice packs to manage any bruising.

Overall, you’re still unlikely to get bruising as a potential side effect of getting a botox injection, but it’s still useful to keep these tips in mind. They can drastically help lower the chance of developing bruises overall – especially if another injection like filler treatment is involved – and can help condition your body for future Botox treatments.

Botox Injection And Other Wellness Treatments And Services With aNu Aesthetics

Bruising after Botox cosmetic treatments can be a worrying side effect, though it’s a common aftereffect that can settle down after some bed rest. In most cases, the filler injection itself won’t have a lot of adverse reactions apart from bruising, though you should always take note of what your botox provider tells you about any other side effects.

With extensive experience in injectables like dermal filler and Botox injection, aNu Aesthetics can help remove any forehead wrinkle, fine lines, or other signs of aging from your face and skin. Our non-invasive treatments and suite of wellness services can help you look your best without relying on plastic surgery, with effective short-and long-term results. Call us today to learn more about the services we can provide.

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With just a few simple injections, our providers can erase your wrinkles and fine lines in no time with Botox. Call us today to book your appointment.


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