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How Soon Can I Massage My Lips After Fillers?

For individuals interested in lip fillers, this article will help them understand how soon they can massage their lips after the filler, other ways to care for their lips, what causes lumps, if fillers damaged lips and after how long they should have fillers again.

Lip fillers have become popular in the beauty industry. They enhance their looks, and lip fillers need aftercare like any other cosmetic procedure. One’s final look determines how well one will take care of their lips after the procedure. Massage their lips 2-3 days after the filler because the swelling will have subsided. Massaging immediately could cause discomfort and lumps, and one is advised to gently do it without putting too much pressure on the lips to avoid squashing the filler. Massaging the lips will ensure the product is evenly distributed, giving one’s lips the desired shape and fullness.

Ways to Care for Your Lips

Lip swelling after the procedure is normal. Other side effects, such as redness and slight bruising, can be experienced at the injection site. Here are some ways to care for the lips;

Don’t Exercise

After lip filler, be sure to rest for some time. Exercising can increase blood pressure and blood flow to the lips, increasing swelling and bruising.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is generally for the body. Staying hydrated helps the body to recover more quickly.

Avoid Salty and Spicy Food

Spicy food can cause itching and irritation of the lips. It is advisable to eat fruits and vegetables in plenty.

Avoid Heated Places

Heat can increase swelling. Avoid saunas, hot yoga and steam bath for 48 hours for efficient recovery.

Avoid Certain Medications and Supplements

Consult the cosmetic doctor on medications that one can have. Certain medications can thin the blood and cause swelling.

Do Not Sleep on Your Face

Pillows trap hair oils and dirt. Sleeping on your face can cause infection on your lips and cause complications.

Do Not Apply Makeup Immediately After the Procedure

Waiting for 24 to 48 hours before applying is recommended to allow efficient healing.

Avoid Alcohol

It is because it is a blood thinner. Blood thinners increase inflammation, bruising and swelling. Drink plenty of water instead.


It helps to prevent your lips from UV rays that can damage them.

What Causes Lumps?

Trauma in the Injected Area

Funt & Pavicic (2013) explained that injections could cause trauma due to the body’s inflammatory response to the injected area; that’s why waiting before massaging is recommended. The lumps caused by the injection usually go away after a week.

Size of Your Lips

One of the main factors is the size of your lips. People with small lips are likely to experience lumps because more product is used to fill up the lips.

It’s Your First Time

When it’s thefirst time getting fillers, there is a high chance of experiencing lumps. Make sure to start with small amounts of the filler.

The Thickness of the Product

Thicker products can help achieve the lip shape, but it increases the occurrence of lumpy lips. The products are likely to clump up in one place.

Poor Injection Technique

Haneke (2015) explained that one should be sure to get the filler from a certified and experienced cosmetic doctor. Injecting the wrong place could cause lumps on the lips.

Do Lip Fillers Damaged Lips?

Lip fillers do not damage lips even after the products have been dissolved in the body. It is because most fillers are made from products that occur naturally in the body. Any case of lip damage is usually caused by poor injection technique. Swelling, bruising, and inflammation are normal reactions after lip injection but usually go away after some time.Luthra (2015) explained that lips don’t shrink after the products dissolve. They usually return to the initial size because the products are slowly broken down. After getting the filler, if one notices certain side effects such as; severe pain or bruising that does not go away even after a few days, white blanching due to lack of blood flow in the lips, reduced temperature caused by lack of blood flow and change in the skin could be an indication of complication or death of tissue consult with theircosmetic doctor for medication or reversal of the procedure.

How Often Should I Get Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers take around two weeks to heal the swelling and bruising. After that, the patient can get an addition if they want to add on the volume. The side effect is that you will require additional downtime to recover, as most lip fillers last around 6 to 8 months.Mansouri & Goldenberg (2015) explained that this depends on the type of product, age, metabolism and how much care one gives to it after injection. After the product has dissolved, patients can fill up their lips again. Fillers are not permanent unless it’s silicone.

Lip Consultation

Every patient differs and has unique requirements. Before the procedure, visit a cosmetic doctor for a consultation. The cosmetic doctor should review the medical history before recommending the appropriate filler. Check for the best clinic to be sure to get quality. Do not be quick to settle on the cheapest clinic. Let the cosmetic doctor know if a person has any existing condition or is under any medication because not everyone is suited for the procedure. The cosmetic doctor should also advise on how to care for the filler to ensure no damage to the lips.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fillers

How Long Do Lips Stay Lumpy After Filler?

It takes about a week for lumps to subside. Lumps are usually caused by swelling and bruising resulting from the microneedles pricking an individual’s skin during the cosmetic treatment.

Can I Sleep on My Side After Lip Filler?

One should sleep on their back for around two days to prevent the filler from moving. Sleeping face down is not advised, as an individual can easily mess up the injected fillers.


Lip fillers will help one get the desired look. One should research how to take care of the filler depending on the type and what to do before the procedure. Massaging the lips gently after three days of injection will help to break down the filler and ensure proper distribution. Check for the best ointments to help reduce swelling. Be cautious about painkillers because most of them could increase the blood’s side effects. As easy and effective as fillers are, they come with risks and complications. Consult on the cost and if one’s insurance covers the procedure because fillers are expensive.


Funt, D., & Pavicic, T. (2013). Dermal fillers in aesthetics: an overview of adverse events and treatment approaches. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 6, 295.

Haneke, E. (2015). Managing complications of fillers: rare and not-so-rare. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 8(4), 198.

Luthra, A. (2015). Shaping lips with fillers. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 8(3), 139.

Mansouri, Y., & Goldenberg, G. (2015). Update on hyaluronic acid fillers for facial rejuvenation. Cutis, 96(2), 85-88.

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