Those dreaded post-botox and filler bruises. Not that it really matters in this holed-up hermit world in which we now live, but who doesn’t still want to avoid the aftermath of the doctor’s needles? You’ll be surprised to learn that there are some seriously insidious culprits lurking in your pantry and medicine cabinet that can make you look like you were on the wrong end of a nasty bar brawl post-appointment. That’s why we asked FACILE dermatology + boutique Co-Founder Nancy Samolitis, MD, FAAD to spell out exactly what we should avoid before botox and filler.
Read on for Dr. Samolitis’ tips on the supplements and foods to steer clear of so you can walk away from your next injectable appointment with a wrinkle- and wound-free face.
No alcohol for 2-4 days prior. We know. You can avoid the bottle for a few days for the same of botox and filler, can’t you?
Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for 2-4 days prior. “If you’re getting actual surgery, doctors suggest two entire weeks of avoiding these types of blood thinners,” says Dr. Samolitis.
Watch out for these supplements: Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba, Fish Oil, or CoQ10. “Vitamin E is a blood thinner and any supplement containing it will also be a light blood thinner, thus increasing your risk for bruising,” says Dr. Samolitis
Ditch the almonds, almond milk and flaxseeds for 2-4 days prior. This might seem totally bizarre, but almonds are high in Vitamin E, so add them to the list.
No turmeric for 2-4 days prior. Turmeric’s active ingredient is curcumin, which is comparable to vitamin E, so plan to nix the supplement before you get injected.
While Dr. Sam says she won’t turn someone away if they’ve done any of these things prior to coming in for botox and filler, the likelihood of bruising definitely increases when you ingest one or more of them. “We’re all trying to be good with our supplements these days and I always say it’s better to be a bleeder than a clotter for your overall health,” she says. “But because so many of these good-for-you vitamins have bruise-causing blood thinners, it’s best to avoid them completely before a procedure.”
It’s not guaranteed you’ll be left black-and-blue if you happen to take one beforehand, though. “When someone is prone to bruising in any area of their body and have something upcoming socially, they should probably cancel their appointment if they have a slip-up, but otherwise, it’s more of a crapshoot and you just want to try and avoid them.” Our take? Keep these far back in the pantry until after your appointment.