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Dermal Fillers

Fillers Aftercare Advice

Taking care of lip fillers involves minimising the side effects of lip fillers and avoiding activities that can prolong them. Avoid activities like smoking and drinking immediately after lip fillers. One’s lifestyle will also determine how long the fillers will last, as discussed in this article.

Caring for fillers can be a challenge for those new to fillers. How you care for fillers will determine how long they will last. Fillers are widely used to lessen signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and skin sagging. Skin starts to show signs of ageing when collagen and elastin drop in the body. Collagen and elastin are responsible for skin structure and elasticity, respectively. Fillers are not limited to ageing signs but can enhance facial features in the younger generation, like treating scars and congenital anomalies. This article will give tips on caring for fillers to ensure they last longer.

What Are Fillers?

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016), fillers or dermal fillers are injectable gels injected into facial skin tissues for cosmetic purposes. The fillers help to plump thin lips, improve volume, redefine jawline and cheekbones, fill hollow eyes, reconstruct scars, and smooth wrinkles. Fillers contain hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, polyalkylimide, calcium hydroxylapatite, and PMMA. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners do fillers.

How Long Do Fillers Last

The area treated, metabolism, and lifestyle determines how long fillers will last—fillers last 3 to 12 months, depending on the filler used. Hyaluronic acid and polylactic acid can last six to 12 months, and polyalkylimide lasts 24 months. Lip fillers last six to 12 months, cheek fillers last for nine to 12 months, andfillers for wrinkles can last up to 18 months. Fillers in areas of constant movements, such as lips,wear off faster than other areas with no activities, such as cheeks. Metabolism of fillers is high in people who work out or exercise more often. One’s lifestyle also affects how long the fillers will last. Fillers last longer in people who hydrate, do not smoke or take alcohol than those who smoke and take alcohol.

Fillers Aftercare Advice

Applying sticky substances on the lips will be irritating, increase discomfort, and swelling. After lip fillers, avoidthe heat, vigorous exercises, and hot showers. Sweating can introduce bacteria to the lips. Heat can increase blood flow to the lips, increasing swelling, which will delay recovery. Limit exercise to walking for at least 48 hours—one to avoid thinning pills and alcohol. According to Ausen et al. (2022), thinning medication can make it hard for blood to clot. Alcohol is both a blood thinner and a vasodilator.Taking thinning pills or alcohol will slow recovery by causing bruises and swelling. Ulakov et al. (2021)explained that anti-inflammatory creams could reduce swelling. Talk to the cosmetic doctor before using such cream, as some creams may irritate sensitive skin. Also, apply carefully to avoid pressuring the lips. Avoid excreting pressure on the lips by smoking, kissing, or applying lipstick for at least 48 hours. Pressure on the lips can cause asymmetry or dislocation of the filler. Ensure that you do the follow-ups as instructed by your cosmetic doctor.

Procedure for Lip Fillers

The cosmetic doctor will examine the lips and mark the points of injection; this will help to achieve the desired results.The marked areas are sterilised, and numbing cream is applied. The process is not painful, but you may initially feel some discomfort. Lip filler results differ from one cosmetic doctor to another, depending on the type of filler. The cosmetic doctor will inject the marked points with a stuffing of your choice and massage the lips to align the filler. After injection, the doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to minimise the side effects of lip fillers.

Side Effects and Complications of Lip Fillers

According to Diwan et al. (2020), lip fillers have minor side effects and rare complications. Swelling, bruising, and slight pain are the common side effects of lip fillers. These side effects subside after a few days but should not last more than two weeks.Allergic reactions, infection, and blocking of blood vessels are the common complications of lip fillers. Complications with lip fillers occur if underqualified or inexperienced personnel do lip fillers. One can avoid lip filler complications by doing lip fillers in a hospital or clinic with a qualified cosmetic doctor. They can also look for clinics that specialise in cosmetics.

Cost of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers cost from £100 to £350 per syringe, depending on the type of filler. The cost of doing lip fillers will vary from one cosmetic doctor to another, depending on their experience.The number of syringes and the complexity of the injections will also determine the cost of lip fillers.

FAQs about Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Settle?

Lip fillers take two to three weeks to settle. During recovery,one can see improvement in the lip filler results.

Will I Look Natural with Lip Fillers?

After injection,the face looks unnatural because the filler is yet to settle. Once the fillers decide, the stiffness and fullness will go away. In addition, using lip fillers will give a natural look.

Can I Touch My Face After Lip Fillers?

Do not touch or massage the lips unless instructed to do so. The lips can exert pressure or introduce bacteria and germs to the lips.

What Are the Potential Complications of Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are generally safe, but sometimes complications include allergic reactions, asymmetry, blocking of blood vessels, and infections at the injection point.


Taking care of lip fillers is not hard, but it requires adjusting one’s lifestyle and following the cosmetic doctor’s instructions.You can take care of lip fillers by avoiding alcohol, and heat, thinning medications, exerting pressure on the lips, and avoiding spicy food. Lip fillers are safe with minor side effects that last a few days; side effects lasting more than two weeks are uncommon, and you should see your cosmetic doctor immediately.


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