Last updated on February 15, 2023
Lip fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in recent years. However, proper aftercare is crucial to ensure optimal results and to minimise any risks or side effects. This Essential Guide To Lip Filler Aftercare covers everything you need to know, from the day of the procedure to the days and weeks following, to help you achieve and maintain the best possible results.
Right after having a lip filler procedure, you should:
What you SHOULDN’T do right after having lip filler treatment
Right after having a lip filler procedure, you should NOT:
It’s crucial to follow the specific aftercare instructions provided to you to ensure you achieve optimal results and minimise any risks or possible side effects.
Applying an ice pack to the treated area immediately after the procedure for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
Strenuous exercise should be avoided in the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure to prevent excessive swelling and bleeding.
Touching or massaging the treated area can cause the filler to move or become displaced, leading to uneven results, so touching your lips immediately after treatment should be avoided.
Keeping the treated area clean and moisturised can help reduce the risk of infection and promote healing.
Exposure to the sun or heat can cause increased swelling and discomfort, so it should be avoided in the first 24 hours after the procedure.
Smoking and drinking can increase blood flow to the treated area and cause swelling, so they should be avoided in the first few days after the procedure.
Follow the tips below to help your lip fillers last as long as possible:
Below you can find all other FAQs about lip dermal filler aftercare:
Yes, you can use Vaseline or a similar petroleum-based product on your lips after filler. However, it’s important to avoid excessive manipulation of your lips for the first 24 to 48 hours after having the treatment to avoid any risks or complications.
No, lip fillers don’t shrink lip size after the procedure. Over time, the body naturally metabolises the filler and the lips may gradually return to their pre-treatment appearance. The exact longevity of lip fillers depends on various factors, including the type of filler used, your individual skin and metabolism and the amount of filler injected.
Drinking water is beneficial for your overall health, including skin hydration but it doesn’t directly affect the longevity of lip fillers. Drinking enough water can help maintain skin elasticity, but the duration of the filler effects is determined by the type of filler used and individual factors such as age, skin health, and lifestyle habits.
It’s recommended to avoid using straws or any objects that can cause suction or excessive movement on the treated area for the first 24 to 48 hours after lip filler. This can help reduce the risk of swelling, bruising, or displacement of the filler.
Yes, you can brush your teeth after lip fillers, but it is recommended to avoid excessive manipulation or pressure on the treated area for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
Massaging lip filler lumps can cause displacement of the filler and should generally be avoided. If you have lumps or irregularities after lip filler, it is important to wait for any swelling to subside before addressing the issue with your practitioner. Massaging the treated area too soon after the procedure can cause the filler to spread or migrate, resulting in an uneven appearance.
You should avoid excessively hot or cold drinks for the first 24 hours after the procedure to help reduce the risk of swelling, bruising, or discomfort in the treated area.
The amount of swelling after lip filler varies from person to person, but the swelling is generally most noticeable in the first 24 to 48 hours and typically subsides within a few days. Some people may experience swelling for up to a week.
After the topical numbing cream wears off, lips may be sore for a few days to a week. The exact duration of soreness depends on the individual and the extent of the procedure. If the soreness persists for an extended period of time, you should consult your practitioner for further evaluation.
You should try to sleep on your back and avoid sleeping on your face for the first few nights after the procedure to prevent disturbing the filler and causing excessive swelling.
It’s recommended to ice your lips for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, during the first 24 hours after lip filler to help reduce swelling. After that, you can follow your practitioner’s specific aftercare instructions, which may include using a cold compress or avoiding heat for a certain period of time.
You can eat and drink normally after lip fillers straight after the procedure but you should avoid any food or drinks that can cause excessive movement or pressure on the treated area for the first 24 to 48 hours. This can help reduce the risk of swelling, bruising, or displacement of the filler. It’s also important to avoid alcohol and extremely hot or cold beverages during the first few days after the procedure.
You should avoid exfoliating the treated area for the first few days to allow sufficient time for healing and to reduce the risk of swelling, bruising, or infection. After the initial recovery period, you can resume your normal skincare routine, but over-exfoliation can cause irritation and potentially damage the skin and filler, so it’s best to proceed with caution.
You should avoid kissing or any physical activity that may cause excessive pressure or movement on the treated area for the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
If you have a history of cold cores, the practitioner may recommend OTC anti-viral medication to prevent cold sore outbreak post-lip filler. Ensure you discuss this with your practitioner prior to your lip treatment. It is not recommended to have lip filler when you are experiencing an outbreak.