Lip Injection Aftercare Instructions

Lip Injection Aftercare Tips & Things to avoid after Lip Filler Injections

The ageing process can produce inevitable effects on your lips. The age-related decrease in the production of two important proteins known as collagen and elastin can cause your lips to lose their volume and fullness. If you are looking for a non-surgical option to correct this problem, you may consider lip fillers. If you never heard of them or are considering a less invasive cosmetic solution to your thin or asymmetrical lips and want to know more about lip fillers as well as their aftercare tips, read on to find out more.

About Lip Fillers

Lip augmentation makes use of lip fillers to make your lips look fuller and plumper. The fillers are injected into the lip area in order to add volume and fullness. There are several types of fillers that can be injected into your lips and around your mouth. Most of them are made from a natural substance in your body that is responsible for keeping your tissues moist and well-lubricated. Lip fillers are not designed to last a lifetime so you need to undergo another session in the future to maintain the rejuvenated appearance of your lips.

Best Tips after Lip Filler

To prevent complications and achieve your desired results:

  • Avoid strenuous activities for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Apply an ice compress to your lips to reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid salty foods because they contain sodium which can worsen swelling.
  • Avoid high temperatures like steam rooms and saunas as they can dilate the blood vessels, resulting in increased swelling.
  • Avoid heated exercise classes as extreme temperatures can make swelling more pronounced.
  • Take the prescribed pain killers and avoid blood-thinning medications to lower your risk of bleeding.
  • Leave plenty of time in between lip filler injection and the event (if you’re getting the procedure for a specific event) to allow your lips to recover.
  • Sleep with your head elevated using 2 to 3 pillows to reduce lip swelling.
  • Avoid makeup on your lips for up to 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Sleep on your back to prevent putting pressure on your lips which can cause the filler to move away from the target area.

List of Things to Avoid After Lip Filler

After lip filler injections, it is best to avoid the following to prevent complications and ensure optimal outcomes:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Contact sports
  • Extreme temperatures such as steam rooms or saunas
  • Flying on a plane as air pressure can make lip swelling and bruising worse
  • Lipstick for 24 hours
  • Massaging your lips
  • Putting pressure on your lips
  • Salty and spicy foods
  • Smoking
  • Strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours

Healing Process and Recovery

Your recovery time may be different from others and will greatly depend on your lip condition, type of filler injected, the amount of filler administered, and how you care for your lips after lip augmentation.  

In most cases, you will likely experience the following during the first few days:

  • An overfilled appearance in your lips
  • Mild to moderate bruising or swelling
  • Temporary numbness or redness
  • Palpable lumps at the injection sites
  • Hard areas in your lip area

Most of these conditions can be alleviated with the application of ice or taking over-the-counter pain medications. By the time a whole week has passed, you should expect a significant reduction in bruising and lumps. The appearance of your lips will improve by then. After 2 weeks, the swelling should disappear. Your lips will also return to their original size and shape but with improved volume and fullness.

Dealing with Complications – Dissolving Lip Filler

Lip fillers can lead to the following complications:

  • Acne-like skin eruptions
  • Asymmetry
  • Bleeding
  • Blockage of blood vessels in the face
  • Death of skin tissue or blood vessel due to incorrect injection technique
  • Infection
  • Lip ulceration
  • Lumps and irregularities in the lips
  • Movement of filler away from the target area
  • Palpable filler under the skin surface
  • Severe bruising and swelling
  • Skin rash with itching
  • Stiffening of the lips
  • Unfavourable scarring
  • Vision changes

If for any reason you developed complications or did not like the outcome of your lip augmentation, your practitioner may use a special type of enzyme that will be injected into your lips to break down the filler. This process dissolves the filler so that it can be naturally eliminated by your body. In some cases, you will need more than one injection of this enzyme to fully dissolve the filler ingredient. Within a few days, your lips will return to their original appearance. If you don’t want to receive enzyme injection to dissolve your lip fillers, you can wait 6 to 12 months for your fillers to naturally dissolve.


What can you not do after lip injections?

After the procedure, you should adhere to the following instructions:

  • Avoid extreme temperatures such as steam rooms or saunas.
  • Avoid flying on a plane as air pressure can make lip swelling and bruising worse.
  • Avoid lipstick for 24 hours.
  • Avoid massaging your lips.
  • Avoid putting pressure on your lips.
  • Avoid salty and spicy foods as they can irritate the lips.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Do not engage in contact sports.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Don’t drink alcoholic beverages.

Can I eat after lip injections?

Yes. You can eat after lip injections. However, you need to wait until the effects of the numbing medication wear off. This makes eating more enjoyable and lowers the risk of aspiration (occurs when food enters your lungs or airways).

It’s also best to avoid spicy foods or hot drinks for 1 to 2 days as they can cause stinging or burning sensations. Your lips are still healing this time so it is recommended to avoid them. Hot or warm beverages should also be avoided as they can burn your lips especially if your lips are still numb due to the effects of the anaesthesia. When eating, make sure to let the food cool first to prevent injuring your new lips. Another recommendation is to consume foods that are easy to eat and chew to prevent putting tension on your lips.

How long should you ice after lip injections?

Applying an ice compress on your lips will help relieve swelling by causing the blood vessels to narrow or constrict. In addition, the cold temperature will also provide significant pain relief by numbing the nerve endings in your lip area. Apply an ice compress on your lips with an interval of 10 minutes. Make sure not to apply ice directly on your lips as it can lead to injury. You can wrap the ice in a clean cloth and place it over your lips.

How long do lips stay swollen after injections?

It is important to keep in mind that the recovery period may vary for everyone. This will greatly depend on your lip condition, the amount of filler you received, and how you care for your lips after lip augmentation. After the procedure, your lips will look swollen and reddish. These are considered normal side effects of lip injections and will become more noticeable after 2 days. You need to wait at least 2 weeks for the swelling to completely subside. After this time, you can enjoy the actual results of the procedure.

How do you sleep after lip fillers?

The main goal after a lip augmentation is to avoid putting any tension on your lips as it can cause the filler to move away from the target area. If this happens, you can develop lumps in your lips and lip asymmetry which can significantly affect the results. To prevent this from happening, you need to sleep on your back. This ensures that no pressure is applied to your lips. Sleeping on your chest is not recommended.

Does drinking water help lip fillers?

Yes. You need to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day to keep your skin and lips hydrated. This will help make your lips appear plumper and healthier. You can also eat fruits that contain high amounts of water such as cucumber, tomatoes, watercress, apples, celery, lettuce, watermelon, and peaches. You should keep in mind that dehydration can make your lips appear chapped and pale so it’s best to keep yourself hydrated.

Can I wear lipstick after lip fillers?

Ideally, you need to wait for 2 to 3 days after the procedure before putting on lipstick to allow your lips to heal and avoid applying pressure on them. After such time, you can cover up the bruising and swelling by applying your favourite lipstick in a gentle manner. This prevents moving the filler away from the target area. Aside from lipstick, you can also apply a simple moisturizer to your lips to keep them hydrated.

How do you massage your lips after lip fillers?

After the procedure, you can massage your lips if bumps and lumps are present. If bumps do not appear, you can massage your lips once bruising and swelling have subsided. This will help distribute the filler evenly in your lip area. Your practitioner will teach you how to do this technique right after the procedure. In general, you can simply just roll your lips amongst one another. Make sure not to over massage your lips as it can move the filler away from its desired location.    

Does massaging lip filler break it down?

Massaging freshly injected lips can move the filler away from your lips which can lead to undesirable results. In case of bumps or lumps, you may massage the lip area to distribute the filler evenly. If you did not develop any complications right after lip filler injections, you will need to wait until bruising and swelling have subsided. How fast will the filler be broken down by your body will depend on your metabolism. Massaging the filler does not break it down but helps distribute it evenly.

Can you smoke a cigarette after a lip injection?

While smoking itself will not affect the outcome of your lip filler injections, it is not recommended due to health reasons. Besides, cigarettes contain a number of harmful chemicals that can speed up facial ageing.

Can I sleep on my side after fillers?

No. Sleeping on your side can cause you to move on your chest unintentionally which may place pressure or tension on your lips. This can cause the fillers to move away from your lips, resulting in lumps or asymmetry. The recommended sleeping position is lying on your back with your head elevated on 2 to 3 pillows. This position will not only prevent placing pressure on your lips but will also help minimize swelling.

What happens if you take ibuprofen after lip fillers?

Ibuprofen belongs to a class of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties and can be purchased over-the-counter. Taking ibuprofen is not recommended because it may exacerbate bruising due to its blood-thinning properties.  

What helps bruising after lip fillers?

After the procedure, you may apply an ice compress on your lips to relieve bruising and swelling. To aid the healing process, keep your head elevated using 2 to 3 pillows when sleeping and avoid placing any pressure on your lips. You may also take pain medications but make sure to avoid those with blood-thinning properties.  

What painkillers can I take after lip fillers?

You may take pain medications such as tylenol or acetaminophen as they do not have blood-thinning properties. These medications can be purchased over-the-counter and can provide significant pain relief. Aside from medications, you may also apply an ice compress on your lips to relieve bruising and swelling.   

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