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How to Minimize Injection Bruising?



Bruises happen. But, how can you prevent and/or minimize injection bruises prior to your visit with us?


As most of you know, we are taking our team trip to Tulum this week. We rarely have time to treat ourselves, as our Providers stay so busy with all of our clients these days! Most of us had a rare opportunity to get some injections before our trip, but we are scrambling to heal the bruising and swollen aftermath before we leave! What to do in this situation? See what we recommend for pre and post injections below.


Bruising often takes a couple of weeks to heal. So plan your injections accordingly. Give yourself a minimum of two weeks to heal, preferably longer. While we might not always prevent bruises, we can take steps to minimize them.


At Body Tonic we recommend that all of our patients follow these simple suggestions BEFORE filler injections.

  • Do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen or similar products (Advil, Motrin, Aleve) for 1 week prior to filler. If you are in pain you may take Tylenol. Please consult with your prescribing Physician prior to changing or stopping any medications.

  • Avoid fish oil, Vitamin E, and gingko biloba for 1 week prior to filler.

  • Eat spinach, kale, pineapple and celery the week before your injection appointment to boost your levels of Vitamin K and Bromelain.

  • Avoid eating apples or large quantities of garlic or fish before your appointment.

  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages 2 days prior to injections.

  • Apply Arnica Cream or Gel to areas most affecting by bruising (around the mouth and under the eyes) for several days before filler and Botox injections. This product contains Arnica and is helpful with preventing and healing of bruises.

  • Before filler or Botox take your first dose of Sinnech. This product is available at Body Tonic for purchase.

We recommend the following AFTER injections.

  • Apply ice immediately after filler, we will supply your first bag.

  • Cold gel packs are good too if the cool lasts for 20 minutes.

  • Continue to ice for swelling and soreness for as long as necessary – especially in the morning.

  • Take remaining doses of Sinnech orally.

  • Apply Arnica Cream or Gel to areas that are bruised or swollen.

  • Try to avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hrs after injections.

  • Do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen or similar products (Advil, Motrin, Aleve) for 2 days after treatment. Tylenol is fine.

  • Red light therapy will help promote healing in the bruised area. It involves exposing the skin to low-level wavelengths of red light, which can penetrate the skin and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. With the help of increased blood flow to the affected area, it reduces inflammation, and promotes the production of collagen, which is important for skin health.

  • Always wear a sunscreen with antioxidants to protect the skin and prevent free radicals damage.

What if you do develop bruises?

  • Have a quick BBL (Broad Band Light) treatment on the bruise as it helps break up the bruise faster. This is a complimentary service included with filler injections at Body Tonic. *This treatment must be pre-booked.

  • Use concealing make-up to cover the bruises. We recommend the Colorscience Corrector Palette as it covers even the darkest bruises, including all the stages of healing. This product should be used with the Colorscience Hydrating Mist which adds moisture to the camouflaged area and sets the concealer for long-term wear throughout the day. Both available for purchase at Body Tonic Medical Spa.


Why do patients bruise?


Bruising can happen to anyone, and with any injector. We see a variety of skin types, a variety of underlying facial structures, different degrees of skin aging and different thicknesses of skin and our doctors use a filler delivery system designed to cause less injury. Still, patients do sometimes bruise. A patient might not bruise today but might bruise on the next visit.

Because bruising is so unpredictable, we recommend patients to schedule their filler and Botox appointment accordingly and avoid injections around any important event.


For any additional questions, or to schedule your treatment at Body Tonic Medical Spa, call us at 512-383-5204.

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