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Prevent Bruising and Swelling Before Botox Injections with *This* Ingredient

A perennial yellow flower, Arnica Montana has been used by homeopaths since the 1500s. After medical procedures, arnica has been prescribed.

A perennial yellow flower, Arnica Montana has been used by homeopaths since the 1500s. 

It’s natural to worry about the possibility of bruising and swelling after injectable treatments, whether you’re a regular recipient of Botox or filler or are thinking about becoming one.

Dermatologists advise using one particular ingredient to reduce the visibility of bruises and swelling. It’s arnica, claims a dermatologist with board certification.

Arnica: What Is It?

Arnica, or arnica montana to be technical, is a homeopathic remedy that has been used medicinally since the 1500s and is derived from a perennial yellow flower. After medical procedures, doctors often prescribe arnica, which can be taken orally or applied topically (in the form of a cream or gel).

Why is arnica often suggested prior to receiving injectable treatments?

In clinical practice, arnica has long been used to reduce swelling and bruising after surgical and nonsurgical procedures. A board-certified cosmetic dermatologist has recommended arnica for post-injection care for years after witnessing its positive effects on patients. When applied topically, it helps reduce inflammation, loosens tight muscles, and eases aching muscles.

At what point should arnica be used to reduce the risk of adverse effects from injectables? 

Arnica can be used a few hours after the injection. However, since everyone is unique and your doctor is the one who knows you and your medical history the best, it is always best to abide by any post-care instructions they may give you. It doesn’t matter what time of day you use arnica; just make sure to always apply it to clean skin.

Is it possible that some people should not take arnica?

Though it’s safe for most people, if you have a history of skin allergies, sensitivity, or dermatitis or are pregnant, it’s best to check with your doctor before using arnica. Those with a history of blood clotting problems or strokes should not take oral arnica. You may ask your dermatologist about it during your next appointment.

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