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How Often Should I Massage My Lips After Fillers?

Lip fillers are one of the most popular types of dermal fillers. This article explains tips every patient needs to follow before and after filler injections and when a patient might require to massage a lip filler.

The beauty industry keeps improving every year, making beauty standards go higher. With the advancement of the beauty industry, one can enhance the appearance of lips by getting lip filler injections. These injections help improve appearance by taking care of the lips’ shape, volume and structure. The result can last 12 to 18 months after injection. The best part about lip fillers is that the effect is not permanent. It means one may reverse the results if one decides to do so. After lip filler treatment, it is necessary to take care of the lips to ensure long-lasting results and avoid swelling and discomfort. Aftercare helps to prevent possible side effects and maintain a good appearance.

Do I Massage My Lips After Lip Fillers?

Avoid massaging the lips 24 to 48 hours after injection. Start massaging them lightly when swelling and bruising subsides without applying much pressure as per the aesthetician’s instructions. Massage the lips after every 30 seconds, three times a day for the next three days. While doing so, be gentle. Excessive force may increase swelling and pain. One can use the mirror while performing the massage as it can help eliminate lumps that may develop after the filler injection. Apart from massaging the lips, the following aftercare tips can help to achieve the desired results after filler:

  • Drink a lot of water
  • Hydration helps the body to heal quickly
  • Eat well and reduce taking salt
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Too much salt can worsen lip swelling.
  • Avoid taking blood thinners.

According to Heydenrych et al. (2018), blood thinners increase the chances of getting bruises, swelling and inflammation. Alcohol is a blood thinner; therefore, it is avoided. Avoid taking blood thinners 24 to 48hrs after injection.Avoid taking lip fillers when you are expecting to attend a major event. Participating in an event may cause the rate of blood flow to increase and therefore worsen the swelling of lips. Also, it is advisable not to fly within a week of taking a filler injection. Flying may worsen swelling and bruising.

Avoid high temperatures for at least 24hrs after the procedure. High temperatures may be caused by taking a show with hot water, sauna and hot shower tabs.Avoid direct sunlight for at least 24hrs after injection. UV light from the sun can increase bruising and swelling.Avoid vigorous exercises for at least 24hrs after injection. Vigorous activities may increase the blood flow rate, resulting in swelling.

What You Need to Know Before Getting Lip Fillers for the First Time

It is vital to find the right cosmetic doctor. Choosing the right cosmetic doctor will help eliminate bad filler injection techniques’ side effects and complications. Make sure they are qualified, licensed and trained. An untrained cosmetic doctor can inject a blood vessel, causing severe complications like necrosis. According to Lanteri et al. (2012), necrosis refers to the death of tissues when there is a hindrance to blood flow into the tissue due to a blockage caused by a clot.Lip fillers can look natural as hyaluronic acid fillers enhance the natural look after injection. According to Kosiński (2020), hyaluronic acid is naturally available in the body; hence its addition during injection will make you look better, especially in the area injected.

One should stop the consumption of supplements and vitamin E because they act as blood thinners. Blood thinners can increase bleeding and cause bruising during lip filler injections. Lip filler does not hurt. Before injection, ananaesthetic cream is applied to the lips to numb the skin. Also, according to Smith & Cockerham (2011), most lip fillers are mixed with lidocaine, which improves injection comfort. Some patients describe the penetration of the needle as a slight pinch. It is crucial to make a follow-up appointment with the cosmetic doctor. The gradual addition of filler can help improve the final appearance of lips. It would be necessary to get more than one filler injection if advised so by the cosmetic doctor.

When Can You Dissolve the Injected Lip Filler?

A good lip filler injection by a qualified cosmetic doctor can always produce the desired outcome. In rare cases, undesired results are achieved.  It should not make you worry. Lip fillers are reversed to make one get the old lips back. It is done by getting a hyaluronidase injection. These injections break down the filler and bring the lips back to their original state. Hyaluronidase is mixed with saline and then injected into the intended area, in this case, the lips. It takes approximately one week for the lips to return to their original state. One can now visit the cosmetic doctor to proceed with another injection. The doctor will recommend a suitable filler after they tell one how they want the lips to look.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Fillers

How Much Lip Filler Should I get?

As with other cosmetic procedures, lip filler treatment takes a customized approach. The amount of filler to be injected varies from one patient to the other. The patient’s desired outcome is one of the main factors determining the amount of filler needed for injection.

Do Lip Fillers Change Your Smile?

This type of treatment can alterone’s smile if the filler is directly injected in the parentheses line of the mouth. If too much filler is injected, the teeth are no longer visible, and this can cause one’s smile to look unnatural.


To get the desired outcome after injection, it is essential to research and have an experienced cosmetic doctor conduct the procedure. One should consult with theirdoctor about the benefits and side effects associated with the process. Make sure you follow before and aftercare tips for a smooth healing process. Kindly note that one may not see immediate results, but they will be imminent 24 hours after injection. When one sees some side effects, don’t panic. Most of these side effects disappear within two weeks after injection and if any persist, seek medical assistance from your doctor.


Heydenrych, I., Kapoor, K. M., De Boulle, K., Goodman, G., Swift, A., Kumar, N., & Rahman, E. (2018). A 10-point plan for avoiding hyaluronic acid dermal filler-related complications during facial aesthetic procedures and algorithms for management. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 11, 603.

Kosiński, J., Jarecki, J., Przepiórka-Kosińska, J., &Ratajczak, M. (2020). Hyaluronic acid in orthopedics. Wiad Lek, 73(9), 1878-1881.

Lanteri, A., Celestin, R., Trovato, M., & Rauscher, G. (2012). Lower lip necrosis. Eplasty, 12.

Smith, L., & Cockerham, K. (2011). Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers: can adjunctive lidocaine improve patient satisfaction without decreasing efficacy or duration? Patient preference

Monika Wasserman