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How Much Do Lips Swell After Fillers

Lip filler treatment procedure has various side effects, including swelling and bruising. This article explains more about lip fillers, including the stages of treatment, the side effects, and how much the lips swell after the fillers are administered.

The lip filler treatment procedure is among the common procedures used to change lip volume and facial symmetry. The procedure is well tolerated and deemed pain-free, but some patients may experience swelling and bruising. The swelling depends on multiple factors and differs from one client patient to another. Swelling intensity varies with the quality of service offered, the type of filler used, and the body’s reaction. If an unskilled practitioner administers the procedure, swelling may persist longer than expected. The swelling is a function of the body’s reaction to the treatment and the aftercare treatment.

Lip Filler Swelling Stages 

According to Park et al. (2018), patients interested in the lip filler treatment should familiarize themselves with the lip filler swelling stage. It is a client of the expected side effects from temporary or semi-permanent lip filler treatment. The swelling is accompanied by redness and bruising. The swelling stage stages include:

The Lip Filler Treatment (Day 0)

It is the day when a patient has the treatment. Swelling is expected to occur unevenly on the lips. A patient should not be bothered by the unevenness of the lips, as the assessment can is only when the inflammation on the lips has subsided. 

Day Client After Treatment 

The client experiences severe pain and discomfort from the intense treatment, and the patient can develop a cold sore after the filler enhancements. The upper lip tends to be larger than the lower lip making the patient more anxious. Due to the inflammation, the lips will appear big, making it hard for a patient to eat or drink; the swelling gets better eventually.

Day 2

It is about 48 hours after the treatment, and the client should expect inflammation; The inflammation can start reducing gradually in the next couple of days. The client can feel lumps on their lips and some bruises, which will vanish within a week. Similarly, the patient could feel the pain that manifests as a mild sensation.

Days 3 and 4 

Development in the inflammation can be noticed as there would be some projection on a patient’s lip. The client may feel a bit comfortable eating, drinking, and talking, even with a little projection on the upper part of the lip.

1-4 Weeks

Mostafa (2018) stated that a client would notice the disappearance of swelling with the lips lessening, and the client can see the treatment progression well. The soft tissues settle in the lip, with considerable swelling. In four weeks, the lips should be settled, and the patient can be assessed for the size and symmetry of the lips. 

Does the Top Lip Swell More Than the Lower Lip After Filler?

Luthra (2015) stated that, after the filler treatment, the top lip swells more than the bottom lip. The client should observe some improvement within two weeks; after a filler treatment, the lip tissue takes around two weeks to soften and appear more natural.

Do Lip Increase after Some Days?

There is an increase in the size of the lips after the treatment because of the swelling and inflammation resulting from the injection. Mainly it occurs immediately after the procedure; the lips look swelled up but reduce eventually after a few days. However, while the lips do not remain swelled for long, the bruises and lumps linger for some time.

How to Handle Swelling on My Lips After Fillers

Swelling can be uncomfortable for many patients. Taking good care of the lips is vital for a better healing process. 

What Help Reduce Swelling After Lip Filler Treatment?

Aviv (2018) stated that the swelling is reduced by how the best client can sleep after the treatment. The client should elevate their head to help minimize blood flow to the lips; this suppresses the bruising and swelling. The patient can also use herbal remedy like arnica that helps relieve bruising and pain. Eating and drinking healthy is key; the client should drink much water to reduce breakouts and keep the tissues around the lips hydrated. The client is advised to eat soft foods with no salt and spices. Avoid strenuous workouts, which can increase blood flow that aggravates the swelling and bruises.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Can the Client Kiss After Lip Filler?

Kissing is not advised after the treatment as it increases pressure on the lips’ tissues, resulting in more bruises and swelling.

How Long Does Swelling Last?

After the treatment, the lip can swell for a week or two, depending on the patient’s age and metabolism rate.

Can You Wear Makeup After Lip Fillers?

It is not advised to wear makeup after the filler treatment, but with an aesthetic practitioner’s approval and instruction, the client can apply makeup that is less dense on the lips.

What Are the Side Effects of Lip Fillers? 

Some side effects of lip fillers are swelling of the lips, bruises resulting from injections, and lumps that appear when swelling reduces over time.

Is Lip Filler the Process Painful? 

The lip filler treatment process is deemed pain-free. Patients can experience mild pain from the needle pricking, which disappears quickly.

Can One Exercise After Lip Fillers?

It is not advisable to exercise heavily after treatment. Strenuous exercise increases blood flow rate, aggravating swelling and bruising.


Lip swelling is expected and normal for the lip filler procedure; the swelling is however short-lived and should disappear after some hours. The client should get the treatment from a certified clinic with a cosmetic practitioner who knows the anatomy of the lip’s muscles and blood vessels. Patients should take good care of their lips for better healing and achieve the desired results. Notably, swelling and bruising should last for a while. However, prolonged swelling may require medical attention. 


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Park, K. Y., Kwon, H. J., Youn, C. S., Seo, S. J., & Kim, M. N. (2018). Treatments of infra-orbital dark circles by various etiologies. Annals of dermatology30(5), 522-528.

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