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Dermal Fillers

How Long Does the Swelling Last After Lip Fillers

Swelling after lip fillers start 24 hours and can last for a week, but swelling after two weeks is uncommon. Herein is everything you need to know about lip fillers, including their benefits, cost, and side effects.

Swelling is a body’s response to inflammation. After lip fillers, be mentally prepared to swell. Clients swell to different extents after fillers. You may not spray immediately, but the swelling will be highest during the first 24 hours, but after 48 hours, the swelling will start to reduce. You can get lip fillers if you want to plump thin lips, improve volume, or redefine lip lines. Lip fillers are not limited to cosmetic purposes only. You can also use lip fillers to smooth scars and congenital anomalies. This article will explain how long swelling after lip fillers last and what will help reduce the swelling.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are injectable gels injected into lip tissues for cosmetic purposes. Lip fillers help to plump thin lips, improve volume due to wastage, redefine lip lines and borders, and reconstruct scars and congenital anomalies. Signs of ageing, like wrinkles and skin sagging, are the motivators of clients getting lip fillers because the signs of ageing make facial fillers less prominent. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners do lip fillers.

How long does swelling last after Lip Fillers

You can expect to swell after lip fillers because the body responds to inflammation and regains the natural balance. Swelling after lip fillers does not start immediately, but after 24 hours, the node begins to reduce after 48 hours. The swelling will keep reducing in the first week and completely subside by the end of the second week. Swelling for more than two weeks is abnormal; you should ask your cosmetic doctor if the swelling lasts more than two weeks.

How to Reduce Swelling

Placing sticky objects on the lips will increase discomfort and swelling. According to Ulakov et al. (2021), anti-inflammatory creams like arnica can help reduce swelling. Before applying anti-inflammatory cream, ensure that it will not irritate sensitive skin; also, apply the cream gently so that you do not exert pressure on the lips. Avoid spicy, salty, sugary, chewy, and crunchy foods, as they irritate the lips. Chewy foods can cause many constrictions, which is not good for treated lips. Take fluids and drink directly from the cup or mug. Using a straw can cause more swelling.Avoid heat, heavy exercises, and hot showers for at least 48 hours. Heat can increase blood flow to the lips, increasing swelling. Sweating may introduce bacteria and cause dehydration. After lip fillers, limit your exercises to light activities like walking. Before getting lip fillers, avoid alcohol and thinning pills. Thinning medications can make it difficult for blood to clot, which can slow down recovery.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Enhances Facial Features

Facial features such as lips can be less prominent due to ageing, medical conditions, or injury. Lip fillers can plump thin lips, redefine lip lines and borders, and improve lip volume in cases of volume wastage.

Triggers Collagen Production

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016),collagen helps maintain the skin structure and having more collagen will lead to fewer wrinkles. According to Cabral et al. (2020),lip fillers with hyaluronic acid or polylactic acid can trigger collagen production. The effect of collagen is noticeable after a few weeks.

Has No Downtime

You can notice the results of lip fillers immediately after injection. Your lips may appear stiff or fuller but gradually improve as the fillers settle. The fillers take two to three weeks to settle. During lip filler recovery, you can resume work.

Has Minor Risks

Diwan et al. (2020) say lip fillers have minor side effects and rare complications. After lip fillers, you can experience some swelling, bruising, and slight pain. These side effects will last for a week or two. Side effects that last more than two weeks are uncommon with lip fillers; you should see your cosmetic doctor. Complications with lip fillers can only occur if the cosmetic doctor is inexperienced or unqualified.

Cost of Lip Fillers

The cost of lip fillers depends on the type of filler. A syringe of lip filler can range from £100 to £ 350. The cosmetic doctor’s experience, number of injections and complexity determine the cost of doing lip fillers. Medical covers do not include cosmetic procedures such as lip filler; this also affects the price of lip fillers.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last

Lip fillers can last six to 12 months, depending on the type of filler used. Factors like lip movement, lifestyle and area injected affect how long the fillers will last. If you have a tight bodymetabolism, your lip fillers will last for a shorter period. If you smoke a lot, your lip fillers will only last for a while. After a few months, you can maintain lip filler by hydrating and redoing the fillers.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Are Lip Fillers Painful?

Lip fillers are not painful, but you can initially experience some discomfort. The cosmetic doctor will use a numbing cream before the injection.

Can I Smoke After Lip Fillers?

Smoking after lip fillers will put pressure on the lips, which may lead to more pain. You can smoke for at least after 48 hours.

Will l Look Natural with Lip Fillers?

After injection, you will notice that your lips appear stiff and firm. You will have a natural look once the fillers have settled.

What Will Happen If the Swelling Will Not Go Away?

You probably have complications if the swelling does not subside after two weeks. You should see your cosmetic doctor; if it is a complication, the filler is removed; if it is not, the cosmetic doctor will tell you what to do.


Swelling after lip fillers is normal; the body is responding to inflammation. Swelling after lip fillers increases in the first 24 hours and starts to reduce after 48 hours. By the end of the first week, the node will have subsided entirely. Clients swell differently after lip fillers, but swelling for more than two weeks is uncommon, and you should see your cosmetic doctor for a check-up.Lip fillers are not painful, but you can initially experience some discomfort.You can reduce swelling by avoiding spicy, chewy, and crunchy foods, and drinking water.


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Monika Wasserman