Any time you are receiving an injectable treatment such as Botox or dermal fillers, there’s always a chance that bruising may occur post-treatment. Your supplements, medications and even certain foods can impact the likelihood of bruises and bleeding occurring at the injection sites.

Here are a few tips that can help you reduce your risk of bruising following your injectable treatments. When possible, and without compromising your health and comfort, you may wish to consider stopping use of the following for several days prior to your cosmetic injections.

Important:  Do not stop taking any of your prescribed supplements or medications without consulting your physician.

Supplements and Medications to avoid prior to receiving Botox, Fillers and Injectable Treatments:

Some medications and supplements can slow down the cells in your blood that help stop bleeding and bruising.

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). This includes over-the­ counter medications like Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Robaxisal, etc.
  • Supplements and Multivitamins can be great for our health, but may contribute to bruising from your injectable treatment. These supplements include things like:
    • Omega 3, fish oil, flaxseed oil and other oils high in Omega 3 fatty acids
    • Garlic pills
    • Gingko biloba
    • Vitamin E
    • John’s Wort
    • Turmeric
    • Gingko biloba

Food & Beverages to avoid prior to receiving Botox, Fillers and Injectable Treatments:

Certain foods may also contribute to increased risk of bruising, including:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Ginger
  • Sushi
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Green tea
  • Alcohol – especially red wine. You may wish to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before and after your treatment to help reduce your risk of bruising.


  • Ice – Applying ice packs immediately, before, and after your injections may help reduce bruising and swelling. At INLIV, your service provider will apply cold packs before and after your injections.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours following your Botox or Filler appointment. It’s recommended to avoid cardio exercise, strength training, yoga, and any movement where your head is below your heart.


For a free consultation and more information on cosmetic injectable treatments, contact Roxanne Evans at 403.648.2137 or visit our website to learn more about our range of medical aesthetic treatments. 


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