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How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Drink Alcohol

Alcohol is a vasodilator; it causes blood vessels to relax and widen; it is also a blood thinner. Taking alcohol 48 hours after lip fillers will slow the healing of bruises. Herein, the article explains how long it takes to avoid alcohol post-treatment, and other aftercare tips for lip fillers.

Cosmetic doctors discourage alcohol 48 hours after lip fillers. People use lip fillers to redefine their lips’ lines and borders or treat scars. The fillers are purely for cosmetic purposes. Lips can lose volume due to age. As you age, less collagen is produced; collagen is a protein found in connective tissues, skin, tendons, and cartilage, maintaining skin structure and elasticity. Therefore, most lip fillers provide vital ingredients that stimulate the formation of collagen into the lip tissues.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are masses injected into lip tissues to improve lip volume for cosmetic purposes. The fillers improve lip volume and redefine lip lines and borders. Lip fillers wear off after a while or are removed with an enzyme injection which dissolves the fillers. Hyaluronic Acid is the most commonly used lip filler. The Acid mainly occurs in the human body in joints, skin, and fluid surrounding the eye. It is a gooey, slippery substance that maintains skin hydration and lubricates joints. Hyaluronic Acid lip fillers help in treating deep wrinkles, hollow eyes, and frown lines.

Alcohol and Lip Fillers 

Lip fillers are injected into the skin; the lips are very vascular, which makes it hard to avoid injuring blood vessels. Injured blood vessels will lead to bruising when blood spills into tissues. According to Alleyne &Dopico (2021), alcohol is a vasodilator drug that causes blood vessels to relax and widen. Vasodilators are commonly used in high blood pressure medications. Taking alcohol before lip fillers will worsen bruising because more capillaries will be fractured during the process. Alcohol also acts as a blood thinner; alcohol also causes skin dryness, dullness, enlarged pores, and loss of elasticity due to dehydration (Song et al., 2018)

How Long After Lip FillersCan You Drink alcohol? 

The recommended time to take alcohol after lip filler is 48 hours, but factors like sex, age, body weight, and health conditions affect alcohol metabolism. It is better to wait longer before you take alcohol after fillers. 

Lip Filling Procedure 

The lip filler procedure takes at least 30 minutes, depending on the number of injections and the complexity of the treatment. The time taken might also differ from one doctor to another. At the office, the aesthetic doctor will examine your lips and mark the areas to be injected. A topical numbing cream is applied before injection. The procedure is not entirely painless, but you can initially feel discomfort. The aesthetic doctor will then inject you with the filler of your choice. You can see the results immediately, but they gradually improve until the fillers have settled which takes two weeks.

Lip Filler Cost

The cost of lip fillers ranges from £59 to £100 per syringe, depending on the type of lip filler used. The cost of lip fillers varies from one aesthetic doctor to another due to experience and location. Lip fillers and cosmetic procedures generally are not included in medical covers; this also affects the cost of lip fillers. 

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last

Lip fillers can last for three to 12 months, depending on the type of filler used, the aesthetic doctor, and your metabolism. The lip fillers will gradually wear off; the best time to redo lip fillers is when they are halfway off the expected time they will last. 

Side Effects and Complications

Lip fillers are generally safe when done by qualified aesthetic personnel. Bruising, slight pain, and swelling are the common side effects. Complications associated with lip fillers, like infection and blocked blood vessels, rarely occur; they can be due to inexperienced or underqualified aesthetic personnel. If the side effects become severe or last longer than a week, you develop lumps, darkening of the skin, allergic reactions, and a cold sore; you should see your doctor. It is highly recommended that you do lip fillers in a hospital setting with qualified aesthetic doctors who can diagnose and treat complications if they occur.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

What to Do After Lip Fillers?

  • Avoid heavy exercises for 48 hours. 
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid alcohol for 48 hours after lip fillers.
  • Use anti-inflammatory cream on bruises, but you should inform your cosmetic doctor about the anti-inflammatory cream before applying it. 

After How Long Should I Redo Lip Fillers?

Depending on the type of filler used, you can redo your lips after a few months. The fillers wear off with time. The best time is when you are halfway through the anticipated filler time. 

Are Lip Fillers Painful?

Lip fillers are not painful, but you can initially feel slight pain or discomfort. Your cosmetic doctor will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the lips before treatment. 

How Long Should I Wait to See the Full Results?

After the injection, you can see the anticipated results, but you will wait for two weeks to see the full results when the fillers have settled. Some fillers, like polylactic Acid, do not offer immediate results, but you will also notice the anticipated results after two weeks. 

Who Is Not Eligible for Lip Fillers?

People with diabetes, lupus, active infection, oral herpes, blood clotting conditions, and smokers are not eligible for lip fillers. Nicotine increases the changes in blood clotting. Lip fillers are limited to persons 18 years and above.


Alcohol is a vasodilator that causes blood vessels to relax and widen; the drug is also a blood thinner. Bruises from lip fillers take a week to heal but taking alcohol before or after lip fillers will make the bruises last longer. You can take alcohol after 48 hours of the procedure to reduce the healing duration. Lip filler procedures can take 45 minutes or more, depending on the number of syringes needed and the cosmetic doctor performing the procedure. The fillers can last for three to 12 months, depending on the type of filler.


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Monika Wasserman