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How Long Does It Take for Lip Fillers to Heal

Fillers can have some mild side effects, including minimal swelling, bruising, redness, and bruising. This article discusses about how long it takes for lips to heal after filler treatments, the possible side effects, and how to deal with these effects.

The process of lip filler treatment has gained popularity, with many individuals being able to accommodate the procedure. Individuals are keen on the process as it helps them change how they look generally. On the performance of the treatment, the longevity of healing and returning to one’s normal activities vary from one individual to the other. So, how long does it take for an individual’s lips to heal after fillers? Learn more below.

What are Lip Fillers?

The process takes less than an hour, and the after-effects can be noted within five hours after the treatment. Individuals must know how best to handle their lips to prevent further damage. After the treatment, an individual lips are seen as fragile because of the injection containing hyaluronic acid, which leads to the lip tissues swelling. The swelling can be accompanied by some bruises, which are a result of the injections. Individuals are advised to have good aftercare for better lip health. Some activities that an individual needs do not do to prevent further injury to their lips. One should avoid salty and spicy foods and drinks, avoid alcohol, and avoid oral to prevent any pressure subjection on the lips. The healing process varies from one individual to another. For healing to be successful, the bruises and swelling on an individual should be catered out and can take 24 to 48 hours to go away. But for some individuals, for the lips to heal, they may take as long as a week or two. For better recovery time and peace, one should schedule a treatment two weeks before a happening of the event.

How Long Does Lip Filler Take to Settle?

According to Staddon (2016), lip fillers take some time to settle and be adapted well by an individual. The variance in how long a lip filler can take to resolve is broad by factors like age and metabolism. Metabolism is the ability of an individual body to burn down calories into energy, and young people, are seen to burn more calories than adults. The metabolism helps them accommodate the lip fillers comfortably. Thus, a young individual subjected to a lip filler treatment will take a long time for the lip fillers to settle compared to older people because they have a slower body metabolism. Depending on the various factors, it is seen to take around four weeks for fillers to settle in individual lips to achieve a final result with a better look. When the results are positive, they can last up to six months to a year.

How Long Can a Lip Swell After Treatment?

After the treatment, the swollen lips vary on how long they will swell. The lip can roughly take twenty-four to forty-eight hours, depending on one immune body and response. Srivastava et al. (2015) stated that how long the lip will swell will depend on the aftercare of one subject’s third lips. For better and fast recovery, the aesthetic doctor can prescribe anti-inflammatory ointment, cream or tablets. The swelling should completely subside within two weeks, and anything unmanageable after that should be considered serious, and one can consult a cosmetic doctor.

What Not to Do After Lip Filler

There are some things that an individual should not do after undergoing a lip filler treatment procedure. Wege et al. (2021) stated that a person is advised not to use any harsh cleaning brush or exfoliating products within 24 hours. It is not recommended because a difficult cleaning brush can mess with an individual’s lips since they are soft and tender after the treatments. One should also avoid facial massage. It is not advised to have the massage on a face that has been over a lip filler treatment, as the pressure from the massage can mess up the healing process of the lips. Using straws to drink is not advised, as the pressure to pull the drink through the straw will mess with the fillers. Drinking alcohol should be avoided as alcohol is known to be blood thinner and can mess up an individual’s recovery process.

How to Heal Faster After Lip Filler

Individuals should be keen on the healing process, and there are some activities that one can adopt to help speed up the lip healing process. One should stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water. This help prevents one body from being dehydrated and the lips from drying up. Also, one should not subject their lips to extreme temperatures as heat makes the lips swell more noticeable. One should stay in a cool and moisturized environment with moderate temperatures. When sleeping, a person can try to elevate their head with a pillow to help reduce swelling; thus, sleeping with one’s face on the bed is not advised.

Should I Massage Lip Filler Lumps?

Kerautret et al. (2020) explained that it depends on how best one can handle the lips after treatment. Massaging the lips after the procedure is not advised, but one can carry on with the massage process through a cosmetic doctor’s instructions. First, one should be patient when massaging bumps from lip fillers, which should happen at least a week after the procedure. One can softly wash the lips with warm water and cloth through the creation of a warm compress and apply the fabric for about two minutes on the lips. The process needs one to be extra careful to prevent any damage.

Which Lip Swells the Most?

After the lip treatment procedure, an individual’s upper lip area seems more swelled and projecting than the lower lip, making it appear bigger than normal. But individuals should not be alarmed as the swelling is part of the mild side effects of the lip filler treatment process.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Are Lip Fillers Painful?

Lip fillers are not painful, but some with sensitive skin can feel the effects and experience an allergic reaction.

How Long Does Lip Filler Heal?

The healing process of the lip filler treatment can take between a period of 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the individual.

What to Do to Heal Faster

A person needs to be hydrated all through to prevent lips from cracking and should avoid spicy and salty foods.

Is It Safe to Massage the Lips After the Procedure?

It is not advised to massage the lips after the treatment, but through a cosmetic doctor’s instructions, one can be able to massage their lips softly.

What Should Not Be Done After the Treatment?

Avoid alcohol and strenuous activities as they can lead to more swelling and bruises.


The healing process of the lip filler treatment procedure is fast depending on how best an individual is looking after their lips. It takes around a month for the healing process to be reached; some can take up to 6 weeks. To some, it is slow because the aftercare procedure tends to be neglected. For a full healing process to be attained by an individual, they need to take good care of the lips and follow a cosmetic doctor’s instructions by avoiding strenuous activities and alcohol, among other aspects.


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