Will I Bruise? Tina Frizner, NP-C
This is one of the most commonly asked questions in clinic regarding injectables. The short answer is: possibly. Our integumentary system, which comprises the skin, is the largest organ of our bodies and is responsible for providing a protective barrier from the external environment, prevents dehydration, and protects the internal organs–just to name a few of its roles. The skin has an immense blood supply to provide oxygen-rich blood to the tissue as well as helping to regulate body temperature.
Not only is this network of vessels a complicated one, as seen in the illustration (Connie Brennan, RN), it varies slightly from person to person. We do our best to steer clear of vessels but it’s not always possible to avoid bruising. That being said, there are things you can do to help prevent it. Two weeks prior to your visit, avoid blood thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Excedrin, Motrin, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, flax oil, cod liver oil, fish oil, vitamin A, vitamin E and other essential fatty acids. In the week prior you may consider taking arnica supplements, and 2-3 days prior avoid alcohol. The day before your injection through the day after, avoiding exercise will help reduce the risk of bruising. After your visit, apply ice as needed, continue oral arnica and/or apply topical arnica. We recommend giving yourself 14 days prior to Botox/Dysport injections and between 4-6 weeks for filler injections before a special event.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic at 916-223-9361. We look forward to seeing you soon!