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How Long After Fillers Can I Go on Sunbed?

Among the most frequently asked questions on injectable fillers is, “How long after fillers can I go to a sunbed?” This article explains the benefits of lip fillers and describes how long after lip fillers, the patient can visit a hot area like a sun bed.  

For the past few years, the norm in aesthetic procedures has been for clients to minimize the appearance of aging signs with injectables such as anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers. These treatments may work differently in your skin but produce the same results: a rejuvenated appearance. Sun exposure, sunbeds, hot saunas, and yoga contain intense heat, which may not be suitable for your dermal filler treatment. The UV radiation present in sunbeds may make the injectable filler less effective. It is best to avoid intense heat for a few days after the procedure for optimal results.  

What Are Injectable Fillers?

Injectable fillers, also known as dermal fillers, are soft tissues, mostly made with hyaluronic acid. They add fullness to some parts of your body that have lost volume and help you achieve a more youthful appearance. You can have a dermal fillers treatment on your lips, nose, hip dips, or even cheeks. Unlike surgical cosmetic procedures, lip fillers are minimally invasive and temporary. They appeal to those clients who wish to enhance their appearance without a permanent commitment. They are also suitable for those patients who are still determining what they will look like after a dermal filler treatment. 

Why Do People Get Dermal Fillers?

Add or Restore Lost Volume

Among the many reasons, clients get fillers is to add or restore fullness to some parts of their bodies that have lost volume (Greco, 2012). Most injectable fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in the body. HA has hydrating effects and gives the skin its natural plumpness. Dermal fillers can be used to fill up sagging skin and restore skin elasticity. 

Correct Facial Asymmetries

According to Kopera et al. (2018), the human face is somewhat asymmetrical. It can be uneven lips or any feature that does not perfectly mirror the other on either side of your face. Some people may want a perfectly symmetrical appearance as natural as it is. They opt for dermal fillers to balance out any form of asymmetry to make their facial features relatively proportional.

Achieve a Youthful Appearance  

Some clients who have started showing signs of aging but are not ready to live with them find filler injections appealing. According to Kapoor et al. (2021), HA-based fillers can smooth out wrinkles and minimize the appearance of fine lines around your mouth and lip area. They use fillers to achieve a more youthful appearance. 

Plump Up Lips and Cheeks

Injectable fillers for cheeks and lips help you achieve natural plumpness commonly associated with beauty and a youthful appearance. Most clients over 40 years old get dermal fillers to restore the size of their lips and make them look voluptuous. The same can be done for the cheeks (Dennison, 2019). Whether your cheeks are deflated or appear creased, getting a filler injection can be the right option to restore plumpness without necessarily going under the knife. 

Benefits of Injectable Fillers          

  • Fillers are temporary. Their effects are long-lasting but not permanent. If you are unhappy with the results, their effects can be reversed or adjusted to perfection. 
  • There is no downtime needed after filler injections. Most clients report returning to their work routines right after the procedure without any adverse effects.
  • Dermal fillers are minimally invasive procedures. You can hardly feel pain during the process. Only a minor sensation goes away once the procedure is done. Besides, aestheticians apply a numbing cream 20 to 30 minutes before the procedure to minimize pain during the injection. 
  • Dermal fillers have mild side effects, usually disappearing within a few days after the procedure.

How Long After Fillers Can You Use Tanning Beds?  

Most beauty experts and cosmetic doctors recommend staying away from intense heat exposure, including sunbeds, for at least 1 week after the filler treatment. Tanning may cause severe effects, especially if there is still some bruising at the injected site. It may also worsen swelling and decelerate the healing process. Some parts of your face are susceptible; they need intense protection against UV radiation and any heat that may disrupt the filler before it properly settles in; even after swelling and bruising have gone down, you may need to use sunscreen to prevent further damage from UV radiation. You should avoid sunbeds for at least 2 weeks after the filler treatment for optimal results.

Dos and Don’ts after Fillers


  • Use a painkiller if you experience pain and increased swelling; this idea may need to come from your cosmetic practitioner.
  • Sleep on your back if you get a facial filler injection, especially on your cheeks and lips.
  • Use topical arnica cream to minimize bruising.


  • Avoid touching the injected area right after the procedure.
  • Avoid too much sunlight and intense heat, such as saunas and hot tubs.
  • Skip alcohol consumption for at least 2 days after the dermal filler injection.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and intense workouts that increase your blood pressure and heart rate; this may worsen swelling and bruising and decelerate the healing process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?         

Depending on the type and the amount of filler used, most HA-based fillers last for 6 to 12 months. Some less common filler, such as poly-l-lactic acid fillers, may last up to 3 years depending on the amount of filler used and the patient’s metabolism. You may need a few more top-up sessions to achieve your desired appearance.

How Soon After Fillers Can I Use Flight?

Avoid a flight for a minimum of 7 days after having fillers. The plane’s air pressure changes may worsen the swelling and bruising. 

Can I Smoke After a Dermal Filler Injection?    

Smoking may increase the risk of bacterial infections and cause more severe complications after fillers. It also slows down the healing process. It is recommended that you avoid smoking for at least 2 to 3 days after having your dermal filler injection. 


Dermal fillers are a fantastic way to refresh your looks and enhance your appearance. Many clients looking for alternatives for surgical cosmetic procedures opt for dermal fillers to achieve their desired looks. Nonetheless, intense heat exposure, such as sunbeds, is highly discouraged within the first two weeks after the filler injection. Generally, UV rays can accelerate aging and cause skin cancer. As a side note, if you want to achieve optimal results from the dermal filler treatment, ensure you avoid tanning beds for at least 14 days after the procedure and minimize exposure to UV radiation afterward. 


Dennison, T. (2019). Cheek augmentation with dermal fillers: considerations for optimal results. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 8(2), 54-60.

Greco, T. M., Antunes, M. B., & Yellin, S. A. (2012). Injectable fillers for volume replacement in the ageing face. Facial Plastic Surgery, 28(01), 08-20.

Kapoor, K. M., Saputra, D. I., Porter, C. E., Colucci, L., Stone, C., Brenninkmeijer, E. E. A., … & Bertossi, D. (2021). Treating ageing changes of facial anatomical layers with hyaluronic acid fillers. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 14, 1105.

Kopera, D., Ivezic-Schoenfeld, Z., Federspiel, I. G., Grablowitz, D., Gehl, B., & Prinz, M. (2018). Treatment of facial lipoatrophy, morphological asymmetry, or debilitating scars with the hyaluronic acid dermal filler Princess® FILLER. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 11, 621.

Nataly Komova