How much Arnica should I take before obtaining dermal fillers?
One of the fastest and most affordable ways to combat the signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles on the face, is by using dermal fillers. Dermal fillers have been on the market for many years, formulated with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid to add volume right where it is needed. These gel-like injections are a great way to smooth wrinkles and folds across the face for many months. However, some patients who have injectables performed may be at a higher risk of developing bruising after the injections are administered. In order to help with this, our team at SkinProvement of New York, New York, is here to educate you on the benefits of taking Arnica before your next injectable appointment.
What is Arnica?
Arnica, officially known as arnica montana, is a type of sunflower plant with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries, being integrated into tinctures, gels, ointments, pills, and even homeopathic pellets made to dissolve under the tongue. In addition to treating aches and pains, it can also be taken to reduce bruising and swelling that can commonly occur after certain injectable treatments, such as dermal fillers.
How does Arnica work?
Arnica helps to improve the body’s natural healing process, increasing blood flow to the affected areas to relieve pressure on the nerves, decrease stiffness, and reduce swelling and bruising.
How can Arnica be used with dermal fillers and other cosmetic injectables?
If you are susceptible to bruising and swelling, you can take Arnica before having your injections and even as a post-procedural treatment to reduce the risk of developing these side effects. If you are considering using this alongside your next appointment, it is vital that you talk with your primary care physician and your injector about whether or not the use of Arnica would benefit you. It is always best to ensure there are no medications or other products you use that will reduce the effects of Arnica or be unsafe to take.
What are some other ways to reduce bruising and swelling after cosmetic injections?
In addition to talking to your provider about the benefits of taking Arnica before your appointment, there are other things you can do to minimize your risk of experiencing noticeable bruising and swelling after your injections have been completed. Below are just a few of the recommendations our team at SkinProvement New York may make:
- If safe to do so, avoid taking blood-thinning medications, supplements, aspirin, and NSAIDs for two weeks before your initial treatment..
- Avoid drinking alcohol for a few days before and after your treatment.
- Utilize cold packs/ice packs on the treated area for the next 24 hours, 5 to 10 minutes every ½ hour unless too cold to tolerate.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for about 24 hours after your injection appointment.
How do I learn more about injections?
If you are located in the New York, NY area and want to speak to Dr. Stephen Comite and his team at SkinProvement New York about cosmetic injections or ways to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising with Arnica, call (212) 933-9490 to request a consultation visit. We are open to new and returning patients at our office, conveniently located in Suite #402 at 110 East 40th Street.
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