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How Long After Lip Filler Can You Exercise?

Exercise makes one maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, strenuous activities are prohibited after lip filler injections. This article explains how long one should wait after lip filler treatments before going back to exercising, why you should avoid exercising after the filler procedure, and the frequently asked questions on lip fillers.

People have been looking for a solution to add volume and remove wrinkles and creases for a youthful appearance, especially for the aged. Some patients opt for lip filler treatment since it is not painful, creates volume, and gives them plump lips. The liip filler procedure is a simple and effective method to get the full effects of a youthful look. After lip filler treatment, you should consult a cosmetic doctor to guide you on what you should and should not do. Doing active exercises is one of the don’ts experts recommend individuals avoid.Strenuous activities impact the treated area.

How Long After the Lip Filler Can You Exercise

After getting the lip filler treatment, avoiding strenuous exercises for 24-48 hours is recommended(Urdiales-Gálvez et al., 2018). This will give it time to heal and prevent infection, swelling and bruising.

Why You Should Avoid Exercising After the Lip Filler Procedure

According to Cohen et al. (2022), bruising, infection and swelling may increase when you engage in active activities. The strenuous activities raise the body temperature and increase the chances of bacteria penetrating the body.

During the filler procedure, the needle used in the lip tissue may fracture the blood vessels. However, the side effects are short-lived.According to Da Woon Lee et al.  (2021), exercisesincrease the heart rate and blood pressure, making the blood vessels more visible, and delaying the healing of thebruises.

Extreme exercises can result in high temperatures that can irritate the lip filler. High temperatures can increase bruising and swelling. Increased body temperatures can lead to blood flow to the treated area, which may worsen the discomfort, bruising and swelling.

Extreme exercises can also cause uneven outcomes. The filler may relocate when you are, leading to asymmetrical results.

Extreme exercises can make one sweat excessively, leading to dehydration which may lead to lips peeling, itching and dryness. Sweat can also raise the chances of infection and the introduction of bacteria in the treated area.

Other Things to Avoid After Getting Lip Fillers

Apart from avoiding exercises, there are other things you should avoid doing to improve the healing process.

  • According to Reilly et al. (2021), patients should avoid using a straw when taking water or drinking any liquid since it can pressure the lips and make the filler migrate.
  • Drinking alcohol and smoking should also be avoided because they can irritate the injected area and increase the chances of swelling. It may also make the filler dissolve very quickly.
  • Avoid touching your lips with dirty hands. This may contaminate the injected area and increase swelling due to the pressure applied.
  • Avoid kissing after the procedure since it can result in the relocation of the filler.

After Care Tips

Once you get the lip fillers, you should adhere to everything instructed by the aesthetic doctor to help you reduce pain, swelling, and bruising. It may also help the injected site to heal fast.

Drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated. This will keep your body moisturized and contribute to the healing process of the lip filler.

It is also good to avoid applying makeup on your filler after the treatment. Rather you can use arnica cream or Vaseline but apply them gently to avoid putting pressure on the treated region.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

How Long After Filler Can You Exercise

After the lip filler procedure, it is recommended to wait 24-48 hours before engaging in active exercises like swimming, running, or going to the gym. This will help you to lessen bruising and swelling and decrease the chances of infection and bacteria.

Why Should I Avoid Exercising?

Extreme exercises raisethe body temperature, resulting in high blood pressure andheart rate. This may increase the possibility of contracting infections in the injected area.

How Long Does it Take for the Swelling to Go Down after Lip Fillers?

Some individuals claim that the swelling becomes severe during the morning for the first day after the treatment. However, it does not take long when you adhere to the instructions provided. It can take at least 48 hours for the swelling to go away completely.


After lip filler treatments, you should wait at least 24-48 hours to return to your normal routine. Rest, relax and give the filler a good time to heal. Patients should avoid active exercises like yoga to give the injection site enough time for recovery. Remember, engaging in active practises may increase your heart rate and blood pressure and may make the blood vessels more visible, interfering with the needle during the treatment. Sweating during exercises can increase the chances of infection and bacteria entering the body. Avoid smoking and drinking since it may irritate the lip and cause swelling.


Cohen, J. L., Hicks, J., Nogueira, A., & Andriopoulos, B. (2022). Eight-Year Postmarket Safety Surveillance of Delayed Complications With a Flexible Lip Filler. Dermatologic Surgery48(1), 152.

Da Woon Lee, T. H. K., Choi, H. J., & Wee, S. Y. (2021). Delayed-type retrobulbar hematoma caused by low temperature after reconstruction of inferior blow-out fracture. Archives of Craniofacial Surgery22(2), 110.

Reilly, E. K., Fastenberg, J. H., Rabinowitz, M. R., Huntley, C. T., Boon, M. S., Epps, G. A., … & Evans, J. J. (2021). Straws Don’t Suck: Are Straws Dangerous after Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery?. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B: Skull Base82(04), 432-436.

Urdiales-Gálvez, F., Delgado, N. E., Figueiredo, V., Lajo-Plaza, J. V., Mira, M., Moreno, A., … &Rebenaque, C. V. (2018). Treatment of soft tissue filler complications: expert consensus recommendations. Aesthetic plastic surgery, 42(2), 498-510.

Monika Wasserman