Botox injections are one of the most popular and least invasive cosmetic procedures. However, like most of these procedures, the treatments still commonly result in bruising. The skin of the face is relatively delicate, and the abundance of blood vessels all but guarantees that some bleeding will occur, which is what causes the bruises. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent or minimize this side effect.
Avoid Blood Thinners
Thinner blood leads to increased bleeding, which increases the likelihood of bruising. A week before you’re scheduled to receive your botox treatment, it’s recommended to stop using things that thin the blood. These include spicy foods, alcohol, omega-3 supplements, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), flax, garlic supplements and vitamin E supplements. Temporarily ceasing use of these products allows the blood’s thickness to return to normal, thereby preventing or minimizing bruising. That said, if you take blood thinners for a medical problem, it is not recommended to stop using them.
Use Supplements that Prevent Bruising
Some supplements actually help reduce the incidence of bruising. Bromelain, a pineapple-derived digestive enzyme, has been shown in studies to not only prevent bruising altogether but also accelerate healing. Papain, a similar enzyme derived from papaya, also has these properties. These supplements can be taken a few days before your appointment and continued for a week after to help discourage bruises from forming.
Eat for Tissue Repair
It’s not just supplements, spices and alcohol that affect bruising. What you eat also makes a difference. A couple of weeks prior to your botox procedure, try to focus on eating foods that promote tissue repair. Zinc, found mainly in red meat, organ meats and eggs, helps facilitate faster skin repair. Foods rich in vitamin C are especially important. This nutrient supports collagen synthesis, which allows skin and blood vessels to be repaired more effectively and also suppresses inflammation.
Although bruising it fairly normal after botox, nobody wants to have it on display. Rather than enjoying the new you, you’re worrying what everyone is thinking. By following the tips above, you can help decrease bruising and let your fresher, more youthful look shine through.
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