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How Often to Massage Lips After Fillers

Various side effects, such as lumps and bumps, are one of the major side effects of lip fillers. Luckily, lip massage help tackle these issues. This article discusses what lip fillers are, the benefits of lip fillers, how to massage lip fillers and how often to massage lips after fillers.

It’s no doubt that lip fillers are one of the most common ways to enhance one’s lip size. Since they are non-invasive and rarely cause side effects, they are advantageous over lip implants. It normally involves injecting the lip tissues with fillers such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and silicone. As a result, it leads to a   more youthful, natural look. However, like other cosmetic procedures, it may cause various side effects, such as lumps and bumps. The presence of lumps and bumps on the lips may be quite an uncomfortable feeling. The good news is, with a gentlemassage, this problem may subside over time.

What Are Lip Fillers?

According to Rhianna & Lockhart(2020), lip filler is a non-invasive aesthetic procedure that involves injecting the lip tissue to enhance volume, making them plumper. An aesthetic practitioner carries it out mostly using hyaluronic acid. This substance exists naturally in the body and is known for its hydrophilic nature. As a result, it adds volume to the skin. Apart from hyaluronic acid, the cosmetic doctor may also use collagen, silicone or fat; it depends on the patient’s choice and desired results.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

There’s no doubt that lip fillers are booming with all the benefitsthey provide. One, they are customizable. Whatever one’s needs are, the cosmetic doctor ensures to meet them. One may get them on both lips or the bottom or top lip. Lip fillers mayalso add volume to thin-looking lips. They also reduce ageing signs, such as fine lines around the lip area, since they tighten the skin. They may help combat various issues, such as:

Lost Lip Volume

According to DeJoseph et al. (2018), most patients’ main purposein turning to lip fillers is to restore lost lip volume. Saha et al. (2021) stated that hyaluronic acid is hydrophilic and helps enhance the skin’s volume. Injecting it into the lip tissues helps restore lost lip volume.

Ageing Signs

Ageing signs such as fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area may be due to smoking or other factors. Luckily, lip filers help in skin tightening. Ravichandran et al.(2019)stated that, as a result, it helps create a more youthful look.

Other issues include:

  • Asymmetrical lips
  • Lip balance

How to Massage Lip Filler

Step One: Patience

It might be uncomfortable to feel lumps and bumps on one’s lips.However, massaging lip fillers requires patience. A personcan’t massage right away after the procedure since it may cause trauma since the swelling and bruising have notyet subsided.One will have to wait for five to seven days after the treatment. It might be hard looking in the mirror for the first few days, but it’s worth waiting. One of the major causes of lumps and bumps after lip fillers is injection trauma. Massaging right after the treatment may make the situation worse. If one notices lumps and bumps five to seven days after the procedure, it may be due to the filer used and not swelling. It is advisable to be patient until the lips recover before massaging them.

Step Two: Wash and Warm

After the procedure, the lipsbecome too fragile. Before massaging them, ensure to wash your hands thoroughly. Afterwards, geta clean washcloth to make a warm compress. Before the massage, place the washcloth on the lip area for around two minutes to warm the lips.

Step Three: Massage gently

The correct way to massage the lip fillers is by; first inserting the thumb in the mouth. Then, with the index finger, massage the lump for around two to three minutes using circular motions. If it feels uncomfortable, one may do it in reverse by placing the index finger in the mouth and then using the thumb to massage the bumps. Using the thumb during massage prevents lip filler migration.

How Often to Massage Lips After Fillers

Since lumpingmay occur for around five to seven days after the filler treatment, massaging the lips may make them dissolve faster and may be noticeable for approximately two to three days. It is advisable to massage the lips around two to three times daily until the lumps subside, leaving the lips smooth and even.

A point to note is gently massaging the filler lumps with utmost care. Massaging the bumps too hard exerts too much pressure, which may cause various adverse effects, including pain and filler migration. Additionally, ensure to use of gentle and circular kneading motions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

Are There Any Side Effects of Lip Fillers?

Like other cosmetic procedures, side effects are experienced after lip fillers. They may include; redness, tenderness, swelling, pain and bruising. These effects are normal and normally mild. Additionally, they subside within a few days.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take?

How long the treatment last normally depends on how long you took to answer the aesthetic doctor’s queries during consultation. However, normally it would take up to forty-five minutes. For subsequent touch-ups, it would take around fifteen to twenty minutes.

Will I Notice the Results Immediately After Getting Lip Fillers?

For most patients,the results are noticeable almost instantly. However, one should know that they may experience swelling and pain for the first few days. Luckily, they would subside rapidly with the right aftercare tips, such as staying hydrated. Getting the treatments five days before a major event is advisable.


Lip fillers are one of the most recent beauty trends taking the beauty industry with a bang. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure enhances the volume of the lips, making them plumper. Additionally, it aids reduce ageing signs like wrinkles around the mouth area. However, after the procedure, it isnormal to experience various side effects of lumping. Luckily, lip massage may help tackle this problem. It is advisable to wait a few days to avoid complications such as lip migration. Also, during the massage, ensure to handle thelips gently. With massages, the lumps will subsiderapidly. Most aesthetic doctors recommend the massage around two to three times daily.


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Saha, I., & Rai, V. K. (2021). Hyaluronic acid based microneedle array: recent applications in drug delivery and cosmetology. Carbohydrate Polymers267, 118168.

Elena Ognivtseva