Few anti-aging tools are as quick and easy as Botox and filler treatments. With results showing up just a few days after treatment, or in some cases immediately after, they’re a go-to for people wanting to achieve a more youthful look. But, like anything involving an injection, Botox and fillers come with a risk for bruising for some people. In fact, tons of people only show youthful-looking, smooth skin after the treatment. But if you have sensitive skin or know you are prone to bruising, it might be a good idea to read over our list of 7 ways to reduce the risk of bruising after your treatment.


Before you go into your appointment there are some things you can do to greatly reduce the chance of bruising.

Avoid Blood Thinners

Are you currently taking medications like Aspirin or NSAIDs such as Advil, Motrin, Naproxen, or Ibuprofen? What about supplements including St. John’s Wort, garlic, turmeric, vitamin E, or oils high in omega-3 fatty acids? These medications and supplements are all blood thinners, and preferably should be stopped at least one to two weeks before treatment. Blood thinners work by slowing platelets or weakening the blood clotting effects of the vitamin K in your blood, which increases the overall chance of bleeding and bruising even from minor scrapes or wounds.
Consult with your doctor before stopping any regular medication or supplements. If you are on medication such as Warfarin for cardiovascular issues or are unable to stop taking your medication per your doctor’s instructions, rest assured that any potential bruising is only temporary.

Eliminate Alcohol

A glass of wine is wonderful before a day at the spa, but it’s probably a good idea to skip that this time around. Alcohol is a vasodilator that causes your blood vessels to relax and open, increasing your risk of bruising due to the rise in blood flow. You should be avoiding alcohol for 24 hours before and after your treatment to help stave off any chances of bruising. It’s only temporary, so save that celebratory drink for the day after your procedure.


Your procedure is done, but there’s still a few things left to do if you don’t want bruising. Be sure to follow these tips after you leave the office.

Take Arnica

Used as a natural remedy for pain and bruising for centuries, Arnica, derived from the Arnica montana herb, is available as both oral tablets and topical ointments. You can find it at most pharmacies, natural supplement stores, and homeopathic shops. Try to take it 4-5 days before and after your procedure, and make sure you follow the instructions on its package!

Enjoy Some Pineapple

On a list full of tips and tricks to reduce bruising the addition of eating pineapple might sound a little odd. As odd as it sounds, the juice and stem of pineapple contain an enzyme called Bromelain that can help greatly reduce the severity and duration of a bruise. After your treatment, treat yourself to a slice or some pure pineapple juice. If pineapple isn’t your favorite, try a Bromelain supplement. It’ll get the job done just as well!

Ice the Area

Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle, stubbed your toe on a corner, or just had a filler treatment, it’s always a good idea to grab an ice pack and apply it to the area. The cold will constrict blood vessels, slowing the flow of blood to the site of injection. A bruise is simply bleeding under the skin, so slowing the blood flow will reduce the risk of bruising.
It may also be a good idea to apply an ice pack to the area before the procedure is done. This will numb the area and help to alleviate any discomfort resulting from the needles.

Elevate the Area

Similar to an injury, cut, or wound it’s a good idea to elevate the affected area to prevent an unnecessary increase in blood flow. Since fillers and Botox will most likely be administered to your facial region, we recommend skipping that downward dog pose your yoga class will have you doing. It may also be helpful to prop your head up on another pillow when you go to sleep the night after treatment. Whatever you do, aim to keep your head up for at least 24 hours after injection.

Avoid Extreme Exercise

An advantage of Botox or filler treatments is that you can almost instantly return to your daily activities. However, you’ll need to skip your trip to the gym or nightly run for a few days. The increase in blood flow you experience when you exercise is great for your health, but it spells bad news for bruising. Pausing your exercise routine lets your capillaries and blood vessels rest and recuperate so they can heal faster and greatly reduces the risk of bruising. You don’t need to stop all exercise though. Instead of running, try going for a nice walk or even a leisurely bike ride.

If you’re ready to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin, schedule an appointment with the experts at Foothills Med Spa. We offer multiple injection and filler treatments and will make sure your treatment is perfect for you!