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Dermal Fillers

How Long Do Lips Stay Swollen After Fillers?

One of the side effects of lip fillers is swelling. This article explains everything about lip fillers, including what happens after the lip treatment, how to hide swelling, the benefits of lip fillers, and frequently asked questionsabout lip fillers.

Cosmetic procedures can help create a defined lip and a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers such as lip fillers have become very common recently. After getting the lip filler, many people report swelling and redness in the treated area. The swelling fades away after some time. Observing the best aftercare guidelines to reduce bruising and swelling is crucial. This will help you have smooth healing.

How Long Do Swollen Lips Last After Lip Filler?

Lip fillers have well-known side effects, and the healing process is very fast. According to Savva et al. (2021),clients may experience temporary swelling, bruising, redness, and soreness. Clients should not be worried if encountering some swelling in the injection site since this is temporary and normal. Some patients claimthat the lips swelling worsens in the first days after the procedure. The swelling should stay for about two to three days after the lip filler procedure and go away about two weeks after the treatment.

What Happens After the Treatment?

After a lip treatment, most people report swelling in the injection site. This is a normal and therapeutic effect after the procedure and should go away soon. It is a common side effect of lip treatments. Most swelling and redness do not last for long after the procedure.

The upper lip may appear bigger and protrude over the lower part, but this is for some time since the lip will heal. It is important to note that the swelling may make the lips crooked and asymmetrical. This imbalance is temporary though it continues for several weeks since the lips settle slowly into their new structure and volume. Some clients are tempted to massage the lips to lessen the risks of fillers into unwitting regions, which may be wrong. To help reduce the side effects, clients should avoid active exercises, makeup, and high temperatures. Patients should also practise sleeping on their back with their heads slightly high can help in reducing the swelling they encounter when they get up.

How to Hide Swelling?

There are ways that individuals should practise to lessen and hide swelling. Hydration moves fluid rapidly in the body. In addition, individuals should always avoid active activities that may increase the temperatures in the body and raise the heart rate and blood pressure. It is recommended to protect the lips and take a rest. Patients should avoid kissing for about forty-eight hours after lip treatments.

Moreover, avoid using a straw after the procedure. This may put pressure on the lips and cause swelling. According to Goswami et al. (2020), the consumption of alcohol and smoking should also be avoided. This is because it can irritate the lip and lead to swelling.

Urdiales-Gálvez et al. (2018)explained that clientscould use creams like arnica or bromelain. This will help lessen swelling, inflammation, and bruising. You can also combine coconut oil with pure arnica to enhance its absorption and benefits. By utilizing these creams gently, you may experience reduced swelling and inflammation. Massaging the lips after lip treatment is prohibited unless directed by the cosmetic doctor. When the swelling persists, you can consult the cosmetic doctor immediately.

 Benefits of Lip Fillers

According to Satriyasa (2019), some clients use lip fillers to get a youthful appearance and reduce the creases and wrinkles around the lips. It gives one a good smile and makes them look healthier, more attractive, and younger. For aged people looking for a nice smile and youthful appearance, they can go for lip fillers. Lip filler treatments give them natural results, and the treatment can be done again for long results. Before attempting the lip filler procedures, individuals should be aware of the phases of swelling caused by them. It is normal for the lips to swell on the first days after the treatment. You may also experience bruising as the days go by and the creation of lumps in the lips.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

How Long Does the Swelling Take to Go Down After the Lip Filler?

The swelling should decrease quickly in hours. However, you must wait three to five days for the swelling to subside completely. Taking care of your lip after the treatment is advised to give it enough time to heal and avoid other side effects like pain, discomfort, and bruising.

How Do You Reduce Swelling After Lip Fillers?

Swelling can be reduced by applying arnica cream to the lips. Avoid massaging the lip area.

What Should I Avoid After Lip Fillers?

After the lip procedure, do not take alcohol or smoke since this may affect the treated area and increases the chances of swelling and bruising. Avoid applying lipstick or makeup before your filler heals. It is also advised to stop active activities like yoga and running since this will raise the temperatures and irritate the treated area leading to swelling. Also, drink plenty of water which will moisturize the skin and help it in the healing process. Avoid things that can irritate your filler after the treatment, like kissing, rubbing roughly, and touching with dirty fingers.


Swelling is a common thing after the cosmetic procedure. So, one should not worry about it. After the first day of lip treatment, the swelling is severe, and the upper lip may become bigger than the lower lip. However, the swelling can reduce on the second day and subside after two to three days. It is a great idea to give it enough time to heal by not interfering with it. Make sure you stay hydrated to reduce blood flow, which may reduce swelling. Avoid applying makeup on the injected site and avoid active exercise like yoga. Rest, stay patient, and give the treated area time to heal fast.


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Barbara Santini