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How After Lip Filler Can You Use a Sunbed?

Sunbeds are mostly used by people who want to have their skin tanned. This article highlights more about lip fillers and how sunbeds can affect the healing process after lip fillers. Herein, you will also get answers for the frequently asked questions regarding lip fillers and sunbeds.

Lip fillers are non-invasive cosmetic procedures that add lip volume, correct lip asymmetry, or make lips plumper. The dermal procedure is an in-and-out walk; they allow you to get back to your daily routine as soon as the discomfort wears out. However, certain after-treatment activities may prolong the bruising and swelling or worsen them altogether. For instance, using sunbeds may increase swelling and delay the healing process. A sunbed is an outdoor structure where you can sit or sleep to bask in the sun and probably get a tan. It may also be a device that has been specially built to give your skin a tan. The high temperatures associated with sunbed activities may make swelling more pronounced.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Adel(2021) stated that lip fillers significantly impact the aesthetic industry. If you want to make your lips pout or change their shape and size, lip fillers are the ideal products. Lip fillers are popular because the lips are often viewed as a symbol of feminity. The more pronounced they are, the more feminine the patient will feel.

Why Do People Use Sunbeds?

Some people use sunbeds to get tanned, while others use the sunbed for vitamin D derived from the Ultra violet rays. Vitamin D is beneficial for your bones and your immunity. However, the sunbed exposes you to too many UV rays, making it dangerous for lip fillers. Gardner et al. (2018) stated that sunbeds could cause skin cancer( malignant melanoma) if used for a long.

Why You Should Not Use the Sunbed After a Lip Filler

Getting into the sunbed with a lip filler is never a good idea. Staying in the sun for more than twenty minutes damages the skin and exposes the person to skin conditions. Mastroeni et al. (2021) stated that the patient faces the same risk when using the advanced sunbed for tanning. Duffy et al. (2020) opined that too many ultraviolet rays are dangerous to your skin’s health. Getting into the sunbed at any point before, during, or after your lip fillers is, therefore, not a great idea. You may bask in the sun for a few minutes, probably two weeks after getting the lip fillers, but if the goal is to achieve a tan, it is risky, especially when the skin is sore. The heat might make the side effects worse.

How Can I Make the Sunbed Experience Safe After Getting the Lip Fillers Done?

The sunbed is the one structure or device you should avoid when using lip fillers. However, if you must use one, you should check with your doctor for guidance on when you can use a sunbed. You may use sunscreen to protect you from UV rays.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Do Lip Fillers Have Side Effects?

Lip fillers have side effects, but they are usually mild and eventually disappear. In two weeks, your lip filler should no longer be sore. However, if the side effects feel unbearable, you should go back to the practitioner for advice on what to do about the lip fillers. Common side effects are bruising, bleeding, redness, and swelling; some may feel itchy or develop allergic reactions to the fillers. 

Can I Get a Hot Shower After a Lip Filler?

It would help if you avoided a hot shower and anything that exposes your skin to extreme temperatures for at least 48 hours to prevent bruising. You should, therefore, not take hot drinks or get into the sauna. You should also not get into a sunbed until you are completely healed.

What Are Some of the Things I Should or Should Not Do After a Lip Filler?

Below are some tips on the things you should or should not do after lip fillers;

  • Avoid the use of ice on the lips to soothe the swelling. While ice may reduce swelling, applying the ice on the bruises may result in infections. Also, putting the ice in a cloth with loose threads may stick to the lips and worsen the bruising.
  • After getting the lip filler, avoid taking hot drinks or food because the lips are still numb. Spicy food may irritate. 
  • Do not self-medicate. Instead, seek the doctor’s opinion on what to do if the side effects are intolerable.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least one day as it makes the blood race faster and will therefore cause more bleeding.

What Questions Should I Ask the Doctor About Lip Fillers?

While at the doctor’s office, you should ask the following questions;

The Cost

Asking about the cost is the main factor that makes a person choose a doctor’s services, as everyone prefers affordable services.

The Time It Will Take to Heal

You need to know how long it will take for your lip to heal so that you may seek medical intervention if it gets worse. It will also help you plan for the procedure before a major event. 

Enquire If They Have Before and After Photographs of Former Clients

Request the injector to show you before and after photographs of former clients; this may give you a hint of what to expect.

The Impact of Your Medical History on the Treatment

Inform the practitioner if you have ever done a lip filler before. You should also let them know if you recently had lip sores or if you have an underlying issue so that they may decide if you are a good candidate for a lip filler or not.


Lip fillers are getting more popular than they ever were. The procedure is usually short and non-invasive; patients may resume their routine. Avoid high temperatures, hot and spicy food, or too much exposure to UV rays. Places like saunas and a subbed may also make the swelling more pronounced. Notably, lip fillers have side effects like redness and swelling that last a short while. If the symptoms persist beyond two weeks, seek medical advice; do not self-medicate. 


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Mastroeni, S., Sampogna, F., Salcedo, N. M., Ricci, F., Fania, L., Antonelli, F., …&Cristofolini, M. (2021). Factors associated with sunbed use among 3692 outpatients in 18 centers of the Italian Cancer League (LILT). Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-7.

Marie Salbuvik