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Dermal Fillers

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Eat

Eating crunchy meals or foods that require a lot of chewing after lip filler treatmentsis not advisable. After lip filler injections, the lips are delicate and smooth. This article highlights more about lip fillers, including how long one should wait after lip fillers to eat.

Lip fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the lips to add volume and make them look plump.They can also be used to get rid of wrinkles that form on the sides of the mouth. Wrinkles are a sign of volume loss due to factors such as aging. Lip fillers are not permanent and can last for 3-12 months, depending on factors such as metabolism and excessive exposure to UV rays. After getting lip treatment, one should take 2-3 days before eating crunchy or extremely chewable meals.

What are Lip Fillers?

Ashok &Gnanashanmugam (2020)explained that lip fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the lips’ tssues to make them plump and smooth. Individuals use lip fillers for various reasons, such as enhancing appearance and getting rid of wrinkles around the mouth. Volume loss can be caused by aging and smoking, which decreases collagen and elastin levels.

Collagen helps with muscle structure and support, while elastin gives the skin its elasticity. Therefore, decreasing the two compounds leads to thin, saggy skin. According to Signorini et al. (2016), most fillers contain hyaluronic acid,an organic compound that helps keep the body plump and smooth. Hyaluronic acidis used as a supplement to add volume to the lips.

Lip fillers are not permanent. The results of lips treatment last for 3-12 months, depending on factors such as the body’s metabolic rate. Other injections and supplements are required if you want to maintain the fillers for a long. You should visit your aesthetic pracririonerfor consultation before adding fillers.

Reasons for LipFillers

People use lip fillers for various reasons, such as;

Smoothening Wrinkles

Wrinkles are caused by volume loss. When one ages, collagen levels drop, making the skin loose and saggy. Wrinkles formed on the sides of the mouth can be dealt with using lip fillers. Lip fillers can also smoothen fine lines.

Recovering Previous Lips 

Some people opt for lip fillers to recover the lips they had before. Lip fillers make the skin plump and smooth. When one ages, the lips lose their volume, making them thin.

Enhance Appearance

One may opt to enhance their looks and go for a plump and hydrated look. By enhancing their appearance, they get to maontaon a youthful look.

How are Lip Fillers Done?

Lip fillers are cosmetic products injected beneath the lip tissues. The process of injecting lip fillers is non-suegical. As discussed above, individuals opt for lip fillers for various reasons, such as enhancing their appearance. Before getting a lip procedure, you should first consult a professional cosmetic doctor. The aesthetic practitioner will disinfect the area before applying a numbing cream or a nerve block. The cream will ease the discomfort brought about by the injection of fillers.

The physician then injects the fillers until the desired effect is evident. However, the results of lip filler treatments are not permanent. The lip fillers have negative side effects, such as bruisingand tenderness(Funt& Pavicic, 2013). These effects are short-lived and can be countered with by using vitamin K and laser treatment. 

Lip Filler Aftercare

After lip filler treatments, one needs to follow the guidelines the aesthetic practitioner gives for smooth healing. Some of the guidelines to follow include the following;

Avoid Alcohol

Holton et al. (2017) explained that alcohol is a vasodilator. It dilates the blood vessels, making it hard for the lips to recover smoothly by hindering blood clotting. You should avoid alcohol consumption after lip fillers.

Avoid Over-exercising

Exercises are good for general health. However, too much exercise can increase the body’s metabolic rate, making the fillers dissolve faster. Also, excessive exercise can increase the heart rate, making injured capillaries during lip fillers evident. This can lead to bruising.The sweat can go to the treated lips during extreme activities, causing infections.

Do Not Put Pressure on the Lips

After a lip treatment, the lips are soft, and the fillers have not settled in. Therefore, pressure on the lips can misplace the fillers, leading to undesirable results. Avoid eating extremely chewable foods and crunchy meals.

Exposure to UV Light

Exposing yourself to direct sunlight may have an impact on the lips. UV rays break down the fillers, making them dissolve faster. Therefore, consider wearing sun protection factor (SPF) when stepping out.

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Eat?

Before lip fillers are injected, the area is numbed using a numbing cream or nerve block to ease the procedure and minimise discomfort. Therefore, you should avoid eating crunchy foods that require a lot of chewing until the nerve block injection has worn out. Eating the above meals can make you accidentally bite your lips or contact your lips while wiping the particles, which may alter the fillers, leading to bruises.

Advantages of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers pose some advantages, including:

  • The lip filler procedure is non-surgical. Therefore, it requires little to no anaesthesia.
  • Lip fillers stimulate collagen. Collagen helps with tissue structure and support.
  • Lip fillers enhance a youthful look. The lips may become thin when one ages. Therefore, lip fillers can be used to restore the lips, enhancing a youthful look.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

Lip fillers can last for 3-12 months. However, the duration is different from one individual to the other due to factors such as body’s metabolic rate.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Settle?

Lip filler injections give immediate results. They may look more pronounced at first, but after two weeks, the fillers settle in, giving out a preferred look. 


Lip fillers are injectable compounds that make the lips plump and smooth. The injections are non-surgical. Therefore, little to no anaesthesia is needed for the procedure. The lip fillers’ results are not permanent. They last for 3-12 months. Therefore, one may need additional procedures to make them last longer. After lip filler procedures, one needs to follow the aftercare guidelines given by the cosmetic doctor for smooth healing. One should avoid alcohol, excessive exercise, and exposure to UV rays. Moreover, one should avoid eating crunchy foods or those that require excessive chewing. This will minimize the possibility of hurting your lips since they are delicate and smooth.


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Holton, A. E., Gallagher, P. J., Ryan, C., Fahey, T., & Cousins, G. (2017). Consensus validation of the POSAMINO (POtentially Serious Alcohol–Medication INteractions in Older adults) criteria. BMJ open, 7(11), e017453.

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