7 Tips How to Minimize Bruising for BOTOX or Fillers

If you’re planning to get BOTOX/Dysport neurotoxin injections for wrinkles or else hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane for lip, lines and cheeks – then follow these tips and guidelines to help minimize bruising and side effects.



Keep in mind that the type of cosmetic treatment you receive may influence whether you bruise or not. Hyaluronic acid fillers (like Juvederm and Restylane) are a bit more risky to cause bruising than wrinkle reducers (Botox, Dysport) because the material is thicker and it is injected deeper into the skin.


Whenever you’re getting cosmetic treatments, always keep in mind that there is a risk of bruising (sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t) and so you should plan the timing of these treatments at least one week prior to a big event for BOTOX and at least 2 weeks prior for fillers. But if you follow these 7 TIPS you’ll be able to minimize your risk and only enjoy great results!


TIP 1 BOTOX (minimum bruise risk) compared to fillers (more risk).

BOTOX/Dysport typically causes less or no bruising compared to fillers like Juvederm and Restylane which are more risky to cause bruising


TIP 2 Get BOTOX 1 week before and fillers 2 weeks before an important event -

While most people look fine right after treatment, you should plan your injectable treatments timing as follows to be on the safe side:

- Get BOTOX at least 7 days, one week, prior to an important event

- Get Fillers like Juvederm & Restylane at least two weeks, 14 days, prior to important event


TIP 3 Up to 7 days Before, discontinue blood thinners

  • Discontinue blood thinning supplements 7 days prior – such as fish oil, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, green tea, red clover, and vitamin E.

  • Don’t take blood thinning medicines 7 days prior – such as ibuprofen, aspirin, Midol, Excedrin, Motrin, Naproxen, Aleve (some medicines you shouldn’t stop taking like Coumadin and Plavix also have blood thinning effects and just know you may be at increased risk for bruising if you are taking these medicines.)

  • Don’t drink alcohol up to 24 hours before – this can tend to thin your blood as well. So, skip the glass of wine the night before and after your treatment,


TIP 4 Ice the areas during and after your treatment

Ice the area to be injected - before, during and after your treatment. Icing numbs the area, and constricts the blood vessels which minimizes chances of bruising.


TIP 5 Try Arnica on the day of and up to 5 days after –

Natural Arnica Montana (can buy at any vitamin shop) has been used for hundreds of years as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory to help reduce and minimize swelling and bruising. You can buy topical Arnica gel or Arnica tablets to take orally – or both! Pineapple also contains an enzyme that is anti-inflammatory.


TIP 6 No vigorous exercise for day or two -

Physical activity increases your heart rate, blood pressure and blood flow. Minimal blood flow allows damaged capillaries to repair faster.

- Don’t workout after BOTOX/Dysport treatment for rest of that day

- Wait 48 hours to workout after a filler treatment


TIP 7 Prop your head the night of dermal filler treatment

When going to bed the evening of your treatment, use an extra pillow to keep your head elevated.


While there is no way to entirely eliminate side effects risk after BOTOX or fillers, following these tips will help minimize bruising and swelling of BOTOX and filler injections – so, hopefully, all you’ll see are beautiful results!


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