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How Sore Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are not painful, even though one will initially experience some discomfort. Cosmetic doctors use topical numbing cream or anaesthetic injections to ease any discomfort. This article explains how sore lip fillers are.

Onemay have some uncertainties about lip fillers if one plans to have lip fillers. Many patients wonder how sore lip fillers are. People have lip fillers for cosmetic purposes or for treating scars and congenital anomalies. People with naturally tinny lips may choose to plump them, or ageing and medical conditions can lead to volume wastage, making lips look tinny. Lip fillers are a better choice because they have immediate results with minor side effects. Fillers are also temporal; they wear off or can be removed by enzyme injections. Keep reading to know if lip fillers are sore.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are injectable gels for minimally invasive procedures like in cosmetics. They are specifically for lips; they help to plump thin lips, add volume, and redefine lip lines and borders. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners do lip fillers. Hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and polyalkylimide are the common types of lip fillers.

How Sore Are Lip Fillers?

Pain is common in treatments that involve an injection. Pain in fillers is a result of bruising. Bruising occurs when a needle punctures blood vessels causing blood to flow into the neighbouring tissues.

The Procedure for Lip Fillers

The cosmetic doctor will examine the face and mark injection points to help figure out how the lips will look after the injection. A nurse will sterilise the marked area and apply numbing cream or an anaesthetic injection. One can feel some discomfort initially, but the procedure is not painful. The cosmetic doctor will inject the lip tissues with a filler of one’s choice. After injection, one can notice changes on their lips.

How to Minimise Pain in Lip Fillers

Before injection, do not scrap or use a hair removal cream on the lips or around them. Avoid thinning medications and alcohol before and after lip fillers. Alcohol is both a blood thinner and a vasodilator. According to Ausen et al. (2022), thinning medications makes blood clots hard.  Ask the cosmetic doctor if there are pills or creams such as arnica to ease the pain if it becomes severe or lasts more than two weeks. According to Ulakov et al. (2021), creams like arnica have anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe pain and bruise. Only qualified cosmetic doctors should do lip fillers; this way, one can minimise the side effects of lip fillers.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Can Trigger Collagen Production

According to Deshmukh et al. (2016), collagen is essential in maintaining skin structure;the skin develops wrinkles when the body has low collagen. One can notice the effect of collagen after a few weeks. According to Cabral et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid and polylactic acid can trigger collagen production.

Have No Downtime

Lip fillers have immediate results. One does not have to wait for weeks or months for them to heal first before noticing changes. After injection, one will notice that the lips appear fuller and stiff; they will gain a natural look as the fillers settle; this can take two to three weeks.

Have Minor Risks

Diwan et al. (2020)noted that lip fillers have minor side effects like bruising and pain. Lip fillers are not painful, but one can initially feel some discomfort. If they are uncomfortable with injections, the cosmetic doctor will apply a numbing cream before the injection. Complications with lip fillers are rare, but they can occur with unqualified cosmetic doctors.

Enhances Facial Features

Lip fillers can enhance lips by adding volume, plumping thin lips and defining lip lines. Lip fillers also smooth wrinkles around the lips. Lips become less prominent due to age or loss of volume due to volume wastage.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last

Lip fillers can last for three to six months, depending on the type of filler used, the amount injected, metabolism, and lifestyle. Fillers wear off after a few months but do not affect the results. Smoking can increase lip movements, speeding up wearing off fillers. One can maintain lip fillers by refilling them after a few months.

Cost of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers cost £100 to £350 per syringe, depending on the type of filler. Fillers that last longer cost more than short-lived ones. The cost of doing fillers will vary between cosmetic doctors due to qualifications and experience. The cost of filling will also depend on the number of injections and the complexity of the injections.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Settle?

Lip filler results improve gradually as the fillers settle. Lip fillers take at least two to three weeks to settle. During recovery, you can resume work, and if it involves heavy manual labour, you can resume after 48 hours.

What Should I Do After Lip Filler?

  • Avoid heavy labour, heat, smoking, alcohol, or thinning medications for 48 hours after fillers.
  • Wash the lips gently with a soft cleaning agent for at least a week.
  • Avoid exerting pressure on the lips, like kissing or applying lipstick.

How Long Does the Lip Procedure Take?

The Lip filler procedure involves examining the lips and marking injection points, sterilising and numbing and injection. The procedure can take at least 45 minutes or more, depending on the number of injections and complexity.

What Are the Common Lip Filler Complications?

Lip fillers are generally safe with rare complications. Infection, asymmetry, allergic reactions, and decolourisation occur when inexperienced cosmetic doctors do lip fillers.


Lip fillers are not painful, but one can initially experience some discomfort. Cosmetic doctors use numbing cream or anaesthetic injections before filler injections if one isuncomfortable with injections. One can minimise lip filler pain by avoiding alcohol and thinning pills before and after lip fillers; if one is on prescribed thinning pills, inform their cosmetic doctor. If onehas prolonged pain, see a cosmetic doctor. Lip filler pain should not last more than a week.One can also ask the cosmetic doctor to suggest pain pills or creams.


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Marie Salbuvik