From an invasive facelift or nose reconstruction to a simple collagen injection in your lips, the various options in cosmetic improvements are endless. Of course, certain procedures offer results without invasive surgeries and long recovery periods. With an estimated 6.1 million Botox injections were administered to improve the look and feel of a person's skin, you may be considering this procedure. Although normally safe and effective, the injections may cause light bruising and swelling around the injection site. Thankfully, the bruised ego does subside after a few days.
However, using these tips, you can prevent or improve bruising and swelling after your Botox injection:
A healthy lifestyle is important for a successful cosmetic treatment and recovery. Unfortunately, your body may not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals for efficient healing. A week or two before your Botox injections, add these supplements to your daily routine:
- Bromelain – Found in pineapple juice and specialty supplements, bromelain is anti-inflammatory and perfect for preventing the bruises and swelling after your injections.
- Arnica – Apply an arnica ointment or take a pill supplement to decrease swelling and discomfort after receiving Botox.
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If you are experiencing pain and discomfort after your injections, contact your doctor immediately. While the bruising and swelling are both normal, you should not feel pain that would require a medication. However, NSAIDS can reduce the inflammation around the injection site.
NSAIDS, or Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, are readily available at most stores and pharmacies without a prescription from your doctor. Read the directions on the back of your medication and follow dosage instructions.
Taking an ibuprofen, or other NSAID, immediately after your Botox injection reduces inflammation while decreasing your bruises and swelling.
When you arrive home after your Botox treatment, apply a cold compress to the injection sites. Use an actual cold compress from a local drugstore or create your own. To create your own, add a few cubes of ice to a plastic bag or wrap the ice in a clean towel.
Sit in a comfortable chair and hold the cold compress on the injection site for 10 minutes. Remove and rest for a few minutes before reapplying the compress. The cold pack numbs the area, reduces swelling, and increases blood flow to the area to prevent severe bruising.
Botox injections are becoming popular treatments due to their efficient results and minimal recovery. Using these tips, you can reduce the minimal bruising and swelling you may develop after your Botox injections. For more information, try contacting professional cosmetic surgeons to answer your questions.