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Dermal Fillers

How Much Arnica to Take Before Fillers

Arnica cream has health benefits for the patient before filler procedures. Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin’s tissues to add volume. This article explains what arnica is, including its relation to dermal filler, the ideal arnica dosage to use before filler treatment, and other tricks to minimize bruising from injectable fillers.

Fillers are among the quickest, most efficient and most effective anti-aging cosmetic procedures. They soften fine facial lines and remove wrinkles, restoring a youthful appearance. When you are injected with filler products, it takes less than a week for the formula to settle. However, dermal fillers provide a temporary result lasting approximately 6 to 12 months. Therefore, you may require regular injections to maintain the natural dream look. Although they are fast, it is important not to schedule your filler treatment too close to certain occasions because sometimes they are accompanied by skin bruising and swelling. Fortunately, herbal remedies like arnica before and after the treatment can help reduce the chances of bruises or fasten skin healing.

What Exactly Is Arnica?

Kriplani et al. (2017) explained that arnica is a herbaceous plant with medicinal flowers that have been used for centuries to harness their anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. To obtain the arnica power, infuse the homoeopathic flower with your creams, gels, tinctures, and ointments, and topically apply your product to the affected skin areas. In addition, arnica supplements like pills and pellets can be dissolvedsublingually.

The homoeopathic remedy can treat swelling, bruising, burns, muscle pains, and other problems influenced by excessive inflammation responses. However, arnica should be taken under the supervision of your cosmetic doctor since it is not meant for broken skin or ingested without proper dilution.
What Is the Relation Between Arnica and Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injected using non-surgical cosmetic procedures to improve facial skin appearance and complexity. They have gained massive popularity in the past few years. In the United Kingdom, over a million people annually restore their youthful radiance by taking injectable fillers. However, the cosmetic procedure may cause some skin bruises and cold sores, which last for a few hours or days depending on the preventive and treating measures the patients engage with. Luckily, arnica prevents the filler’s side effects and is also a post-procedural treatment. The herbal remedy fastensthe body’s natural healing process by increasing the blood flow in the affected blood vessels. Thereby, it reduces swelling, decreases skin stiffness, and relieves nerve pressure on the injected areas, hence no chance of viral and bacterial infection. Urdiales-Gálvez et al. (2017) explained that for prevention measures, arnica is taken sublingually under the tongue to help prepare your body’s defence mechanisms for adverse effects associated with the interaction between skin tissues and filler ingredients.

What Is the Ideal Arnica Dosage Before Filler Treatment?

Try a dual approach when taking arnica to prevent bruises or swells associated with filler injections. First, before you run out and purchase arnica pills, you must consult your cosmetic doctor about the dosage and guidance about high-quality formulas. Remember that medications, either prescribed or supplements, depending on your body chemistry and weight to determine the ideal dosage. Cosmetic doctors run a diagnosis about any allergic reactions and your body’s metabolic rate before administering drugs.

Arnica pills or pellets are not exceptional; your aesthetic practitioner will take a health skin check to determine how mucharnica will be safe and effectivein reducingthe chances of skin rashes or bruises after filler treatment.According to Baumann & Leslie (2017), taking two arnica pills sublingually or orally three times per day for four days before the filler treatment can aid in preparing your body for minimal swelling. Arnica pills contain flower compounds as the main active ingredient that is properly diluted using certain organic oils. The higher the potency, the more effective and efficient it is in preventing the injectable filler’s side effects.

What Are Other Tricks to Minimize Bruising from Injectable Fillers?

Adding to instructions for arnica treatment, the aesthetic practitioner may give you further guidelines to help minimize the chances of bruising after filler treatment. These guidelines include the following:

  • Avoid taking blood thinning medications ten days before filler injections. The drugs reduce blood flow in all body parts, including the targeted areas, making you more prone to filler complications.
  • For at least five days before the treatment, avoid alcohol as possible as you can since alcohol also tends to reduce blood flow and hinders the blood clot mechanism.
  • You can try a cold compress on your targeted skin the night before the filler treatment.
  • Avoid applying thick make ups a day before treatment. A clean face during cosmetic procedures ensures minimal chances of any complication.

Everyone is different; some will not experience bruises after fillers, while others will, no matter how much they are cautious. According toUrdiales-Gálvez et al. (2018),when you bruise after filler treatments, you can try the following tips to fasten the healing process:

  • Avoid vigorous body exercises for at least 48 hours
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid sleeping facing the pillow to prevent applying a lot of pressure to injected areas
  • You can also apply Arnica gels or creams to the injected areas
  • Don’t apply to makeup until you fully recover from bruises since makeups tend to suffocate your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Arnica and Fillers

What Is the Requirement to Take Filler Treatment?

In the UK laws, you should be of prominent mind and age above 18 years to take any cosmetic procedures. Additionally, cosmetic doctors tend to administer fillers to people of good skin health and who have a strong immunity to counteract filler complications like swelling, bruising, or cold sores.

Why Should I Use Dermal Fillers?

According to the Food Standard Agency (FSA), fillers are safe and can help bring your youthful, natural looks with no downtime. They are known to improve skin complexity by removing facial scars and wrinkles and restoring youthful cheek volume.


Arnica is a popular herbal remedy to treat swellings and bruising and soothe sores when applied topically. When taken sublingually, they can help prevent any inflammatory discomforts associated with skin conditions. For filler treatment, arnica pills are famously used to minimize the chances of bruising after the cosmetic procedure. You should consult a cosmetic doctor or aesthetic practitioner to administer the right amount of arnica pills. Primarily, patients take twoarnica tabletsthree times a day for four days before the filler injections.


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Baumann, L. (2017). Be your best–Before and after. Professional Beauty, (May/Jun 2017), 46-48.

Urdiales-Gálvez, F., Delgado, N. E., Figueiredo, V., Lajo-Plaza, J. V., Mira, M., Moreno, A., … &Rebenaque, C. V. (2018). Treatment of soft tissue filler complications: expert consensus recommendations. Aesthetic plastic surgery, 42(2), 498-510.

Monika Wasserman