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Taking Care of your Skin Post-Injection

Last week we discussed what to do prior to receiving an injection such as Botox or a Dermal Filler to prevent excessive bruising. This week, we are going to look at what to do immediately after receiving an injectable treatment to reduce swelling and bruising and receive lasting results. Here are some of the tips we compiled:

  • Ice. Immediately after treatment, the injector should give you ice to put on the treated area. This will help eliminate some of the swelling and bruising. Continue to put ice on the area once you leave the office as well. You may continue to ice for the next 48 hours if you notice a bruise or a lot of swelling.  It is best to ice for about 20 minutes and then wait at least an hour prior to icing again.
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA) moisturizer. Chances are if you received a dermal filler treatment, it contained HA. It is natural water-loving molecule created in our bodies and helps the skin retain moisture. By applying a HA moisturizer such as Skinmedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, you are teaching the skin to maintain moisture. This is a great product to massage on the treated area to help reduce bruising.
  • Avoid Alcohol. Just like before receiving the treatment, avoid alcohol after the treatment for it thins the blood and will only provoke bruising.
  • Avoid blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medicines and supplements.
  • Use Arnica Montana or Bromelain topically or orally to reduce swelling and bruising. These natural supplements help with post procedure trauma.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise up to 48 hours after treatment
  • Use sunscreen and avoid excessive sun or heat exposure directly after the treatment
  • Create a daily skin care regimen. Next week we will discuss all the different products that you should include in your daily regimen that will help keep the results of your injection lasting longer.

Immediately after your injectable treatment, there are a few steps you can take to prevent excessive bruising and swelling. However, it is the long-term care following your treatment that is important. Simply returning to old habits and not taking care of your skin will not help the injection render its full effect. Injections target the deeper parts of the skin, but it is equally important to target the surface of the skin.