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Dermal Fillers

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Wear Makeup

Lip fillers are non-invasive procedures with minimal swelling and bruising that last for a while. Patients should avoid activities like wearing makeup until the bruising goes down. This article explains how long a patient should wait before wearing makeup. The article also discusses commonly asked questions about lip fillers.

Dermal filling is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure usually used to get a more defined jawline, eliminate wrinkles on your skin, and attain fuller and plumper lips. The popularity of this procedure is growing, with more patients turning to dermal filling. However, many patients still have questions about this procedure. The cosmetic procedure requires proper aftercare practices to deliver its desired effects. Practices such as makeup could lead to unwanted effects like filler migration, infections, and prolonged bruising and swelling. 

Type of Fillers

There are several types of lip fillers easily found in local cosmetic clinics. In the wide variety of cosmetic procedures available today, lip filers provide unique cosmetic results through non-invasive procedures. The dermal filling takes less than an hour, and you notice changes almost instantly. Most materials used to make these procedures are naturally found in the body. Hence, they have minimal complications like allergic reactions.

Choosing the Right Lip Filler

When choosing a cosmetic doctor to perform your lip filler, it is advisable to pick a certified doctor. A certified cosmetic doctor assists the patient in rational decision-making regarding the procedure. A hyaluronic acid filler usually gives much thinner volume and is used superficially to make your lips look puffy; they are usually preferable for younger patients with thinner lips to give them that little oomph. Similarly, some fillers are used for restoring or correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds; this lip filler is preferred for older patients. Hyaluronic acid usually influences the body to produce collagen (Christen &Vrcesi.,2020). 

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Wear Makeup?

Patients should avoid touching the lip fillers for about a day or two. Lip filler injection leaves your lips feeling a bit tender, so it’s advisable to wait at least 12 hours or a full day before applying your lipstick. Waiting for at least 24 hours allows the bruising and swelling to subside.

Things to Avoid After Getting Your Lip Fillers

Lip fillers don’t take more than an hour to complete; this depends on your procedure or your cosmetic doctor. An effective procedure should have minimal side effects. 

The patient should avoid strenuous work or exercise (Urdiales-Gálvez et al., 2018). Strenuous exercise may result in prolonged swelling or infection f the wound through sweating. It also prevents the lip fillers from spreading on the face or making them less effective. 

The sun is usually a great source of warmth and heat. However, you should avoid going out in the sun after getting your lip fillers, especially during the first few hours of the operation. For younger and smoother skin, make it a habit to wear sun protection because the sun can make your skin look older. Extreme sun rays could also make the fillers break down prematurely before they settle and integrate with the skin.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

How Often Do You Need to Get Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are temporary; they last about 3 to 12 months. Therefore, you may need several sessions to maintain the plumpness on your lips. Most patients re-touch the procedure every three months to retain the look they need. 

Are Lip Fillers Safe?

Yes! The material used on lip fillers is considered safe if conducted by an experienced cosmetic doctor. In addition, using a qualified cosmetic doctor reduces the side effects or complications associated with dermal procedures. 

Where Can You Get Your Lip Filler?

You can get your lip fillers from the many certified clinics offering the services. The price of the procedure depends on the city you come from and the qualifications of the cosmetic doctor. Use a qualified practitioner to get more information regarding the procedure. 


Lip fillers are gaining popularity as more patients embrace them for cosmetic purposes. The dermal procedure takes a short time, with limited effects on bruising and swelling. A proper aftercare procedure determines the duration in which the fillers last. Good practice demands that patients avoid pressure on the lips at least 48 hours after the procedure. Activities like makeup may infect the lips or make them migrate from one location to the other; this makes the fillers fail to achieve their desired effects. In many instances, a good lip filler procedure should be conducted by a certified cosmetic doctor; a procedure conducted professionally has minimal side effects, heals much faster, and ends up with the desired results.


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