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Can I Wear Makeup When Getting Fillers?

Cosmetic doctors do not recommend patients wear makeup when getting filled. This article explains tips for makeup and injectables if patients can drink alcohol after getting fillers, and the frequently asked questions.

Fillers have been an excellent way for many individuals to achieve a youthful and healthy face. The fillers help patients add volume to their face and cheeks, eliminating creases and wrinkles and giving lips a good shape and structure. It is not recommended to wear makeup when getting fillers. When looking for a cosmetic doctor, patients should look for an experienced and well-skilled cosmetic doctor to treat them.

Tips for Makeup and Injectables

It is not recommended to wear makeup when getting fillers. Patients are advised to visit their appointment with a spotless face (without makeup). It will make the professional cosmetic doctor correctly observe the skin appearance of the patient. It is because cosmetic doctors start with analysing the skin and assessing of face. When patients arrive at the appointment without makeup, they give the cosmetic doctor an easy time preparing and analysing the skin. It is a great idea to go for treatment with a clean face to make the cosmetic doctor’s work look easier. There is no need to go with makeup during the appointment since it must be removed and cleaned for injection.

According to Jones et al. (2021), patients are advised to avoid applying makeup after receiving the treatment. They should wait for at least twenty-four hours after the treatment. The area where the filler has been injected requires time to recover. Patients are advised to reduce the risk of infection and give fillers time to settle fully. When applying makeup after the fillers, patients may put pressure on the injection site making the swelling worse. Patients must make a face stay natural for twenty-four to forty-eight hours. When applying makeup, one can touch the injection site with unwashed hands. It increases the chances of infection, bruising and swelling. Some cosmetic doctors claim that makeup helps reduce infection, while others claim that applying makeup causes infection. Patients should avoid using makeup on their face after the dermal filler for at least twenty-four to forty-eight hours.

Can I Drink Alcohol When Getting the Fillers?

Before the treatment, patients should avoid taking alcohol for a week before the injection. According to Heydenrych et al. (2018), alcohol acts as a blood thinner and opens the blood vessels. It means that it can potentially increase the risks of swelling and bruising. It may make the fillers take long and settle and may bring complications in the healing process. Some patients use painkillers in daily life. However, when they decide to receive cosmetic procedures, they should avoid them for one week before the injections to avoid thinning the blood, which can result in more swelling and bruising. When patients take the medications up to the day of treatment, they should explain to the cosmetic doctor before they start the procedure.

Can I Exercise After Getting the Fillers?

Cosmetic doctors advise patients to stop exercising after the dermal fillers—the exercises result in high body temperatures and blood flow. According to Piñol et al. (2021), the increased body temperatures and blood flow do not contribute to the healing process of the fillers. Instead, they increase the bruising and swelling in the treated area. The movements during the exercises may result in fillers relocating from one place to another. It causes complications, and patients are forced to repeat the procedure. It is recommended to give the injection site enough time to heal. Patients should relax after the process to make the fillers settle faster and last longer.

Can I Massage My Lips After the Fillers?

According to Zhang et al.  (2020), patients are not advised to massage their fillers after the treatment since they can put pressure on the injection site and increase swelling and bruising. A licenced cosmetic doctor should do this to keep the stuffing in place. When massaging, the pressure applied on the treated can make the fillers move and settle in the wrong place. To avoid such complications, patients are advised to avoid things that can apply pressure on the treated area and increase swelling and bruising. Some patients find for themselves creams to apply on their fillers to reduce swelling and bruising. The patient should ask the cosmetic doctor which cream to use to minimise those side effects since creams can worsen the impact, and others may help reduce them.

Who Should Avoid Getting Fillers

There are not enough studies on whether the fillers can affect the baby though most cosmetic doctors advise breastfeeding and pregnant women to avoid getting the fillers. Breastfeeding or pregnant patients who suffer from neurological conditions and those who are allergic to any component should not get fillers. When allergic people get fillers, they may face complications in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

Do Fillers Ruin Your Face?

Fillers are destined to improve the appearance of the face. However, to ensure a good impression, one must look for a professional cosmetic doctor who will conduct the procedure well and give the best results. When a non-professional doctor undertakes the process, the swelling worsens, making the fillers look unnatural. There may be complications like vascular occlusion and blockage of an artery. These complications may make a face look terrible.

When Should I Apply Makeup After the Fillers?

Patients should avoid applying makeup on the injection site after the fillers for at least forty-eight hours. After the injection, the treated area becomes tender, and when any pressure is used, it causes the treated area to swell.

Does Is It Hurt to Get Fillers

It varies from person to person. However, some patients report mild pain and discomfort after getting the fillers. It does not necessarily hurt. They should choose their cosmetic doctors well to achieve optimal results.

What Should I Avoid When Getting Fillers?

Patients are advised to avoid taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. Alcohol is avoided since it acts as a blood thinner and opens up the blood vessels, which increases the chances of swelling and bruising after the treatment.


Cosmetic doctors advise patients to avoid wearing makeup when getting fillers. They should go to the appointment with a clean face. It is because cosmetic doctors will analyse and prepare the beginning of the treatment. When patients go with makeup, the professional cosmetic doctor has to wipe the makeup and make the face clean for injection. It is a great idea to go to the clinic when the look is clean to make the cosmetic doctors’ work easy.


Heydenrych, I., Kapoor, K. M., De Boulle, K., Goodman, G., Swift, A., Kumar, N., & Rahman, E. (2018). A 10-point plan for avoiding hyaluronic acid dermal filler-related complications during facial aesthetic procedures and algorithms for management. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology11, 603.

Jones, D. H., Fitzgerald, R., Cox, S. E., Butterwick, K., Murad, M. H., Humphrey, S., … & Alam, M. (2021). Preventing and treating adverse events of injectable Fillers: evidence-based recommendations from the American Society for dermatologic surgery multidisciplinary Taskforce. Dermatologic Surgery47(2), 214-226.

Piñol, R. A., Mogul, A. S., Hadley, C. K., Saha, A., Li, C., Škop, V., … & Reitman, M. L. (2021). Preoptic BRS3 neurons increase body temperature and heart rate via multiple pathways. Cell Metabolism33(7), 1389-1403.

Zhang, L. X., Lai, L. Y., Zhou, G. W., Liang, L. M., Zhou, Y. C., Bai, X. Y., … & Chen, M. L. (2020). Evaluation of intraarterial thrombolysis in the treatment of cosmetic facial filler-related ophthalmic artery occlusion. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery145(1), 42e-50e.

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