One of the most common side effects associated with aesthetic injections is bruising. Even if you have never bruised before, it is always a possibility. Why? Because bruises are just a small hematoma; they occur when small blood vessels get punctured leaking their contents into the surrounding tissue. It is perfectly normal to bruise from injections.
All aesthetic injections should be done at least one month prior to any special event such as wedding, engagement, anniversary, birthday, major holiday, or photo shoot. Bruising and swelling after injections can last up to 14 days in some cases. Please refrain from drinking alcohol, and taking pain medications (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aspirin or Advil, as well as vitamins, fish oil and other herbal supplements for 3-5 days prior to your visit, to minimize the chances of bruising. Some herbal supplements may increase risk of bruising. Herbs including gingko biloba, ginseng, ginger, glucosamine, turmeric, angelica and clove all have the potential to thin the blood slightly. This can make bruising more likely, especially if more than one of these herbs are taken together.
We also encourage all of our patients to schedule a free follow-up visit to review your aesthetic results.
For Botox & Dysport: 2 weeks after your initial visit
For fillers (lips, cheeks, chin, smile lines): 4 weeks after your initial visit
For any questions about aftercare instructions, please call or text Dr. DuBuske at:
703-345-0000 if you are a patient in our McLean, Virginia practice
617-965-0000 if you are a patient in our Newton, Massachusetts practice