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How To Avoid Botox Bruising And Other Issues

Botox injections are a safe, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can reduce fine lines and other signs of aging. There are some minor concerns to be aware of, along with methods for counteracting these concerns.

Botox Issues

There are three main concerns that can occur after a Botox injection, although all are avoidable. Bruising can be common, especially on sensitive individuals that bruise easily. Fortunately, bruising usually has no long-term effect on your injection and will fade in a few days. Proper care following the injection will also minimize the chances of a bruise.

The other three concerns are more problematic. Improper aftercare can cause Botox to disperse too quickly, which means you won't achieve the full effect of the injection. Although frustrating, this isn't quite as bad as the third issue — Botox that disperses unevenly, resulting in some areas looking swollen while others are unaffected. Although this also reduces within a few days, it can be disconcerting.

Things to Avoid

All three problems can be prevented simply by avoiding some activities in the first 24 hours or so following the injection. First and most importantly — hands off! Avoid touching or massaging the area, as this can lead to both bruising and dispersion issues. You should also stay upright for at least four hours following the injection, as laying down or reclining will also lead to dispersal issues.

Other things to avoid include any type of strenuous exercises, as you don't want to increase circulation until the Botox has settled. Alcohol must also be avoided, as it is a blood thinner that can also affect circulation. Put off any other cosmetic treatments, including chemical peels and facials both professionally done or done at home, as these can affect Botox distribution or increase the instances of bruising.

Aftercare Tips

Fortunately, although there is a list of things you can't do, Botox recuperation is relatively easy. You can wear makeup, for example, so covering any minor bruising is a breeze. The basic rule is to take it easy for the first 24 hours after the injection. Take the day off from your gym routine and avoid alcohol. Otherwise, you can go about your everyday life.

After the first 24 hours, it can help to lightly massage or rub the Botox injection site. At this point, it won't affect the dispersal of the Botox negatively, but it can help break up any small blood clots that have caused bruising. After two or three days, you can fully resume your usual exercise and cosmetic procedure regimens.

Talk to your doctor if you have more questions about Botox injections.