Botox, which is also known as botulinum toxin, has a lot of uses. It is used to stop or delay the formation of wrinkles. Other than that, it has some therapeutic uses such as muscle pain relief of whiplash, curbing muscle spasms of the elbows, wrists and fingers. These conditions usually occur after a stroke. It is also for the treatment of excessive sweating of the hands, armpits and feet. Botox should be administered by a licensed medical professional for maximum safety since swelling or hematoma usually occurr after Botox injections. This bruising is very common anyway and can be treated at home. Here are some tips to follow to treat hematoma and swelling after botox.
Tip # 1: Prepare the materials you need.
Have at hand the following materials. Your list should include cold compress or cold pack, arnica and bromelain.
Tip # 2: What to do before Botox injection
It is advisable to stop taking over-the-counter-drug at least 1 week before Botox injection such as Vitamin E, NSAIDS which includes, ibuprofen, flax seed oil, ginseng, ginko, fish oil and St. John’s Wort. This will not only reduce the occurrence of swelling and bruising but will help cut down on recovery time. You also need to stop taking aspirin 10-14 days prior to injection but be sure to seek advice from your doctor first because the benefits may outweigh the risks. It is said that aspirin can thin the blood and can increase bruising. For your safety, tell all medications that you are presently taking. They may have an effect on the swelling and bruising that you may experience.
Tip # 3: What to do after Botox injection.
Just after the Botox injection, apply a cold compress to the area of injection. To avoid making the swelling worse, don’t lie down within 4-5 hours after the injection and avoid massaging the injected area. When you reach home, apply a firm pressure on swelling areas for at least 5 minutes. Apply cold compresses or cold packs to the affected areas within 24 hours after the injection. Cold packs will reduce swelling. Avoid using hot packs.
The application of arnica topical cream to the swelling area will help treat bruises and also reduces inflammation. Use arnica as directed. The arnica herb is being used since the 16th century for this purpose. Likewise, you need to take 250-500 milligrams of Bromelain 4 times a day. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple which contributes in minimizing bruising by helping the body digest proteins. These proteins are responsible for selling and bruising.
Tip # 4: Other reminders to consider
Follow the instructions of your physician on how to take care of hematoma and swelling after Botox injection. Inform your doctor about your plan of using arnica and bromelain so he can provide you instructions for the right application and dosage. Avoid using arnica for a long period of time because this can cause irritation. If you want to use makeup to cover bruises you can use green tinted makeup to cover redness and yellow tinted makeup to cover blue bruises.
These are things you may bear in mind if you want to treat hematoma and swelling after Botox. Remember that these problems may be prevented or lessened by considering what you do before and after undergoing the procedure. To wrap it up, you also need to consider a few reminders.