Every chic lady knows that she can rely on Botox injections for looking her fabulous best. Results are often immediate. But she can expect possible discoloration. She doesn't panic, though, because she knows the tricks for looking great despite any such event. If, like her, you love the results you can get with injectables, here's how you can hide any bruising that may come with treatment.
First, you have to neutralize with a concealer for bruises
A neutralizing concealer can cover up any bruise. Neutralizing colors are those which appear opposite each other on the color wheel: Green neutralizes red, for example, and blue neutralizes orange. You’ll want to follow the application of the concealer with some foundation. This will cover the bruise completely.
Your bruise must be free of cuts, nicks, and stitches. Choose a hypoallergenic concealer with a yellow base; the hue offsets blue discoloration. But if your bruise is red, you’ll want to use a green concealer. If your bruise is brown, you’ll want to use white concealer. And if your bruise is yellow, you’ll want to use a lavender-colored concealer. Gently apply the concealer to the bruised area and blend. Place foundation over the concealer and follow with a translucent powder. Then you’re done!
Then, you use makeup to cover bruises
Used cleverly, cosmetics can draw attention away from facial bruises. Here are two techniques that work quite well:
An innovative makeup trick that helps draw attention to other features of your face, highlighting makes imperfections less apparent. You can highlight your cheekbones, the inside portion of your eyelids, and the area below your eyebrows with light, shiny powder.
Accenting enhances other facial features and draws attention from imperfections. You can use eyeliner and eyeshadow to draw attention to your eyes or wear a bold lipstick to draw attention to your lips. You should use these techniques in conjunction with the concealer techniques above.
15 ways to avoid bruising from Botox
Though bruising may result from injectables, there is a lot you can do to avoid it. Here are some anti-bruising tips for your injectables treatment.
1. Stop taking certain pills a week ahead of your Botox treatment
Seven days before your Botox treatment you should discontinue any medications and supplements that thin your blood. These include:
- St. John’s wort
- Vitamin C
Use Tylenol for managing any discomfort.
2. Refrain from drinking alcohol one or two days prior to your Botox treatment
Alcohol cause your blood vessels to relax and dilate, making them more susceptible to damage. This damage appears as bruising.
3. Stop eating garlic a day or two before Botox injections
This popular seasoning promotes bruising because it thins your blood, especially if you're already also taking blood thinners like heparin, aspirin, or Coumadin.
4. Take arnica the day before your treatment
The herbal supplement arnica eases the response of your blood vessels to damage, and this promotes faster healing.
You can find this supplement in most drug and health food stores.
5. Get a prescription for Valtrex or another antiviral medication
If you’ve ever had a cold sore around the mouth or near the injection site, make sure to prevent an outbreak.
During your Botox treatment
6. Request that you be given a topical numbing agent 20 or 30 minutes prior to your treatment.
This will not only help to ease any discomfort. It will also help to prevent bruising. A lot of anesthetic creams constrict blood vessels slightly, making bruising less likely.
7. Opt for a medical professional with a gentle technique
A sure, light hand on the botox syringe will reduce the likelihood that you'll see any bruising.
8. Ice-pack any Botox injection site that begins to show discoloration
This is something your medical professional should do, of course. Cold and pressure in the event of any bleeding will minimize bruising.
9. Ask your medical professional whether she thinks you'll bruise.
Experienced ones will let you know right away your chances. But if yours doesn't, go ahead and ask.
After Botox Treatments
10. Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after your treatment.
Again, alcohol dilates your blood vessels, and this ups your chance of bruising.
11. Don’t exercise for up to 48 hours after receiving Botox injections.
Like booze, a workout opens and expands your blood vessels.
12. Stay out of the sun and avoid excessive heat
13. Don’t squeeze or massage the treated areas for several hours after your Botox injections
Doing so could prevent you from seeing the results you want.
14. Always use sunscreen
This is something you should do anyway. A Botox treatment is a good time to get in the habit.
15. Don’t take any aspirin, Excedrin, ibuprofen, Aleve, or Advil for two days after treatment
All of these will thin your blood, and your chance of bruising will go way up. Tylenol is fine, though.
Take a shot at another great injectable
If you’re injectables-curious, check out Juvéderm, an innovative hyaluronic acid-based filler that lasts a whole year. It reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. You're sure to say OMG at how great you'll look!
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- "The Top 5 Ways to Prevent Bruising After Botox and Fillers," Beauty Without the Blade, September 12, 2011.