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How Long After Lip Fillers Can I Smoke

Would you want to know how long you will have to wait to smoke after getting lip fillers? This comprehensive guide discusses what lip fillers are, how long you will have to wait to smoke after getting lip fillers, the dangers associated with smoking after getting lip fillers, and lip filler aftercare tips. 

In cosmetic procedures, lip fillers are best suited for lip augmentation. They can be easily reversed if the customer is unsatisfied with the result and provides natural-looking lips that feel real compared to surgical procedures. In the United Kingdom (UK), the Food Standard Agency (FSA) has regarded lip fillers as safe for human use, but it is approved only for citizens above 18 years of good health. Conditions like weak immunity may result in complications like swelling, bruises, cold sores, and large lip lumps. Fortunately, with good lip filler after cares like lip massage, staying hydrated, and eating a healthy diet, the side effects can decapitate after 48 hours. How long will a smoker wait after the treatment?

What Are Lip Fillers?

According to Ghasemi et al. (2022), lip fillers are a natural way to increase or restore the volume of your thin lips without undergoing a surgical procedure. It simply involves injecting substances like collagen or hyaluronic acid into lips and waiting for at least 3 days before the desired result emerges. Lip filler treatment is temporary since their active ingredients decapitate within 6 to 18 months after the lip augmentation. Why do people engage with lip fillers Treatment? As you age, your body’s glands reduce the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid that helps maintain healthy lip volume. Hence with time, your lips appear thin and less plump. Luckily, lip fillers help produce collagen and HA and sometimes infuse them into your lip tissues. 

How Long Should You Wait Before Smoking?

Lips contain soft skin that is very delicate to rough touches and exotic contact. Shirshakova et al. (2020) explained that smoking generally is not good for skin health, but people tend to continue with the habit due to addiction and recreational purposes. However, to harness the full potential of filler treatments, you should wait for at least 24 hours before engaging in smoking. Injectable lip fillers are commonly associated with irritations that last a few hours and require a numbing treatment to alleviate the pain. Therefore, waiting until the numbing goes down before smoking is best.  

Dangers Associated with Smoking Immediately After Lip Fillers?

According to Auslander et al. (2020), people who smoke regularly are associated with dry and cracked lips. The smoke hinders the production of hyaluronic acid (HA) used to help lips stay hydrated. Unluckily, most common lip fillers in the UK contain natural acid as the active ingredient. The synthetic HA is injected into the lips in small volumes to retain body water up to 1000 times its weight. The nicotine and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in smoke can inhibit its water-retaining power, reducing lip filler injections’ effectiveness. Therefore, it is worth waiting at least a day for the filler product to interact with lip tissues before smoking. 

Wicket al. (2022) stated that lip filler injections can be rarely associated with complications such as rashes and swellings that can worsen if you smoke too early. The smoking act is not only characterized by a myriad of health issues but also disrupts the lips healing processes. Therefore, it makes the injected lip areas prone to infections like the herpes simplex virus and bacteria. 

Finally, depending on patients’ skin health, people can have lumps after lip augmentations that are removed by 1 to 2 lip massages. Unfortunately, early smoking increases the size of lip lumps that may require massages and steroids to eliminate.

Lip Filler Aftercare?

Aftercare is a crucial part of any lip treatment. It curbs side effects associated with the treatment by helping natural skin healing. The following are tips to help you harvest the benefits of the filler efficiently:

  • Avoid strenuous body exercises: exercises increase blood flow and pressure that may worsen the swelling associated with lip augmentation. Therefore, wait a minimum of 24 hours after getting the injectable lip fillers.
  • Stay hydrated: drinking much water is beneficial in the healing process of the injected lip area. 
  • Eat healthily and avoid a lot of salt intake: consume a lot of fruits and veggies to introduce good nutrients for healing. Salt contains sodium particles that worsen lip swelling. Therefore, you can wait for at least 48 hours before taking salty foods.
  • Avoid too much heat: sunbed and high-temperature rooms can trigger lip swelling after the filler injections. 
  • Wait for at least 48 hours before applying makeup: avoid lipsticks after treatment to avoid pressure on the lips.
  • Sleep on your back: avoid sleeping facing the pillows until your lips entirely heal. 
  • Avoid alcohol consumption for at least 48 to 72 hours: like most anti-depressant medications, alcohol is a blood thinner that can cause inflammations and bruises to your lips after the filler injection
  • Lastly, avoid flying after the lip treatment; plane air pressure can worsen the lip swells and bruises.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lip Fillers

Can You Eat After Lip Fillers?

It can be hard to eat and drink after lip filler treatment since lip skin will be very sensitive to cold and hot foods. You can use numbing medications to help you eat properly but avoid foods that will require you to wipe your lips after the meal.

Can You Take Painkillers After Lip Fillers?

As long as you take over-the-counter pain relievers that are not blood thinners, such as aspirin, you can safely alleviate pain-associated lip augmentation.

The Bottom Line

Lips’ skin is characterized by its softness and thinness, making it more prone to smoking. Smoking generally causes lips to appear darker and thinner. After the lip fillers restore the lost volume of your lips, you should wait for at least 24 to 48 hours before engaging in smoking. Smoking immediately after the lip filler treatments can worsen the bruising and swelling associated with filler treatment. Therefore, always be cautious and follow cosmetic doctors’ aftercare tips for good results.


Auslander, A., McKean-Cowdin, R., Brindopke, F., Sylvester, B., DiBona, M., Magee, K., … & Group, O. S. I. F. S. (2020). The role of smoke from cooking indoors over an open flame and parental smoking on the risk of cleft lip and palate: A case-control study in 7 low-resource countries. Journal of global health, 10(2).

Ghasemi, S., & Akbari, Z. (2022). Lip Augmentation. Dental Clinics, 66(3), 431-442.

Shirshakova, M. A., & Morozova, E. A. (2020). A difficult patient at a cosmetologist appointment: early lip changes in women smokers: causes, and methods of correction. Russian Journal of Skin and Venereal Diseases, 23(1), 57-64.

Wick, E. H., Ostby, E., &Grunebaum, L. D. (2022). Lip rejuvenation and filler complications in the perioral region. Plastic and Aesthetic Research, 9, 8.

Charlotte Cremers