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How Do You Massage Your Lips After Fillers

Massaging your lips after cosmetic treatment can help prevent or eliminate unnecessary swelling or discomfort. This article explains how a patient should massage the lips after filler treatment and the frequently asked questions about lip filler treatments.

There are several different ways to massage lips after filler injections. Massage can help to improve blood flow, which helps make the lips feel more smooth, plump and gorgeous. After having the procedure performed at a medical facility, many wonder how they can massage their lips. Unfortunately, this question can only be answered by looking at the specific details of each person’s situation. If you have questions about how to massage your lips after filler, or any other questions regarding cosmetic procedures, you must discuss them with the cosmetic doctor.

What Are Lip Fillers

Heydenrych (2018) stated that lip fillers are cosmetic injections that make the lips look fuller, plumper and younger. Some lip-filling treatments may make the lips more sensual, while others can correct natural lines. They come in two main types: dermal fillers and non-surgical alternatives to lip augmentation. Both types require several injections over several months to achieve desired results; however, some people see noticeable results after just one treatment. Lip fillers give the lips a fuller, more youthful look. Lip fillers are not permanent but are safe for use. According to Sarkarat et al. (2013), they can be used as an alternative to other treatments, such as liposuction or injections of collagen or fat, which are often associated with adverse effects such as scarring and inflammation.

Massaging Lips Before Lip Filler

Massaging lips before lip filler is not just a cosmetic technique. The massage helps to relax the surrounding muscles and tissues, allowing them to stretch and swell more easily. It can lead to less bruising and swelling after the injection, making it look more natural. It also stimulates the blood flow in the lips, which means they will stay fuller longer after injection. Massaging lips before lip filler is an important part of your pre-treatment preparation for any cosmetic procedure.

Massaging Lips After Filler

Massaging lips after lip filler is a good idea because it will help remove any air bubbles that may have formed and allow the filler to blend in with the rest of the lips. It also helps to relax the lips and makes them appear more natural.

If your lips develop some lip filler bumps, using the following procedure can help you achieve the goal of massaging the lips:

After You Notice a Filler Bump on Your Lips, Wait for Some Days Before Massaging

According to Luthra (2015), some of the most common normal side effects of any injection treatment are swelling and bruising. Avoid massaging the lips immediately after injection since you might mess up with swelling and bruising at the initial stages. It is advisable to wait 5-7 days after treatment before starting to massage. The main cause of lumps is needle injections. Massaging too soon after can make the lumps worse.

Wash and Warm

The next step is to clean your hands. Use a warm cloth to create a warm compress on the lips for about 2 minutes before starting to massage them. Make sure you do not apply excessive pressure.

Massage with Care

Insert your thumb into your mouth and try to use your index finger to massage the bump in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. If it feels uncomfortable, insert your index finger into your mouth and massage the lump using your thumb. This technique is highly recommended in massaging the upper lip as the thumb creates a boundary to the vermillion border, preventing the filler from spreading. According to Davy (2020), spreading fillers can cause negative side effects to the treatment.

As you massage, be careful not to rub too hard, or it could cause bruising or swelling, making it difficult for you to put on makeup later. Try not to prick at the lips while they are healing, as this can cause them to heal unevenly and make them look worse than before treatment. Massaging should be gentle to avoid any chance of causing complications.

Lumps are noticeable 5-7 days after injection and can take 2-3 days to dissolve into the lips. Your cosmetic doctor may advise you to massage the lips 2-3 times a day until the lump disappears and your lips feel smooth and even.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Filler Treatment

What Should I Do If the Lump Persists After a Massage?

If one notices that the lump does not disappear 2-3 weeks after injection, please get in touch with the cosmetic doctor. The cosmetic doctor will offer a solution to the issue.

How Hard Should I Massage Filler Lumps?

Massaging filler lumps should be gentle. One should not press your lips too hard to avoid spreading the filler and worsening swelling or bruising.

Can You Drink Alcohol After Lip Filler Treatment?

One should avoid taking alcohol for at least 24 hours after treatment. Alcohol is a blood thinner. Taking alcohol immediately after injections can worsen bruising due to its ability to enlarge blood vessels.

Can Lip Filler Look Natural?

Lip fillers can look natural. One desired outcome and the cosmetic doctor’s experience greatly determine how one looks after treatment. Make sure they find the best cosmetic doctor to administer the injections. Using a qualified doctor helps to avoid serious side effects that a bad injection technique may cause.


It is advisable to avoid massaging one’s lips immediately after treatment. When massaging, applying pressure to the filler can dislodge some of it; thus, one should be against it. Brushing the lips or fiddling with them also makes one nervous, especially after treatment. Hydrating the lips and massaging them with a mild balm or oil can help reduce localized inflammation and injection-related bruising. The massages stimulate collagen production and keep your lips full for weeks after treatment. If you notice no change after massaging the lips to eliminate the lump, consult your doctor for assistance.


Davy, D. (2020). Dermal filler migration complications following lip augmentation procedures. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 9(7), 276-281.

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 dermatology, 11, 603.

Luthra, A. (2015). Shaping lips with fillers. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 8(3), 139.

Sarkarat, F., Bohluli, B., & Kahali, R. (2013). Office–Based Facial Cosmetic Procedures. In A Textbook of Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. IntechOpen.

Marie Salbuvik