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How to Get Rid of Bruises After Lip Fillers

Injured capillaries cause bruises. The lip filler procedure can lead to bruises on the injected area. This article discusess more the benefits and side effects of lip fillers. Herein, you will also learn how to get rid of bruises after getting fillers byusing laser treatment, using vitamin K, or arnica cream.

Lip fillers are injected using a non-surgical procedure to add volume to the lips and reduce fine lines around the mouth. Some people go for lip fillers to restore their previous lips, while others choose them to boost their appearance. However, lip fillers have side effects, such as bruising and swelling. Some people experience bruises after lip fillers, while others don’t. Bruises are caused by injured blood vessels. However, bruises can be countered with before and after lip filler treatments. This article dives deeper into lip fillers and ways to curb bruises after lip fillers.

What are Lip Fillers?                                               

According to Haneke (2014), lip fillers are temporary substances injected into the lips’ tissues to make them plump and smooth and restore volume loss. As you age, the lips may become thin. Lip fillers can be used to restore lip size but do not stop ageing. Hyaluronic-based fillers are commonly used. Hyaluronic acid is an organic compound naturally found in the body. It helps make the skin smooth and plump. Therefore, it can be used as a supplement to add volume to areas with volume loss.

Singh &Nooreyezdan (2020) explained that lip fillers disintegrate with time. They can last for 3-12 months. However, their duration depends on various factors, such as an individual’s metabolic rate.

Reasons for Lip Fillers

Individuals use lip fillers for various reasons, including;

Restore or Add Volume

One may decide to add lip fillers to make their lips plump. They may do so to boost their appearance. Others may want to restore the lost volume due to factors such as ageing. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers can come in handy to add volume to the lips and make them plump.

Correction of Lips and Redefining the Lip Shape

Asymmetric lips can interfere with one’s appearance(Lepcha et al., 2022). Therefore, one can decide to correct their lips and improve their facial look. Also, some people may have weakly defined lips. One may want to add structure to their lips. A defined lip enhances appearance.

Reduce Fine Lines Around the Mouth

According to Niccoli& Partridge (2012), volume loss can be caused by factors such as aging. The skin becomes loose and thin, leading to wrinkles and fine lines. Lip fillers can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth and make the area smooth.

Side Effects of Lip fillers

Lip fillers have negative effects. However, they are short-term and may subside within 48 hours after lip injections. The effects include;

  • Bruises
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bleeding

The adverse effects of lip fillers include:

  • Bumps on the lips
  • Excess bruising, swelling, and bleeding
  • Lip necrosis

Incorrect injection of lip fillers can lead to asymmetrical lips.

What Causes Bruises After Lip Fillers?

The main cause of bruises is a hematoma caused by injured blood vessels, making blood leak into the skin’s tissues. Lip filler procedures may cause bruises. However, one can get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Bruises After Lip Fillers

People have different body anatomies. Therefore, the effects and results of lip fillers are other. Bruises can take two weeks after the filler procedure to completely fade away. Below are ways that can help get rid of bruises after lip fillers;

Use Vitamin K

Leafy green vegetables are high in vitamin K. This vitamin helps with blood clots, hindering continuous bleeding.

Laser Treatment

BBL treatment can be used to get rid of bruises. This treatment uses light transformed into heat that breaks the blood clot in the targeted area. Some people may require only one treatment, while others require more if the bruising is extensive.

Arnica Cream

This cream reduces swelling and minimizes pain. Arnica cream can be found in groceries and pharmacies.

How to Avoid Bruises After Lip Fillers

Taking Arnica

Holistic physicians use arnica to treat muscle soreness and bruises. Taking arnica after lip treatment can help reduce the possibility of a bruise.


Drinking a lot of water can make the skin hydrated and healthy.Hydrated skin can help minimize the risk of getting a bruise from lip fillers.

Avoid Over-exercising

When lip fillers are injected, the blood vessels can be ruptured. They may take a short time to heal. However, excessive exercise may increase the heart rate, making blood vessels visible. This may result in bruising.

An Expert ShouldDo the Fillers

Fillers are not regulated in the UK. Therefore, there is a high number of quack cosmetic doctors. Ensure you get the lip fillers done by a qualified cosmetic doctor to avoid wrong injections that might lead to bruising. Also, qualified aesthetic practitioners can provide the best consultation that suits your facial structure.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol is a vasodilator. Therefore, it dilates the blood vessels, hindering the smooth recovery of lip fillers. You should avoid alcohol one to two days after the lip treatment.

Avoid Blood Thinners

After the lip fillers procedure, you should avoid some medications, such as blood thinners and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as they restrict the blood from clotting, leading to bruises.


How Long Do Bruises Last After Lip Fillers?

Bruising is one of the side effects of lips fillers, but it is not permanent.Lip filler bruises can last a few days or two weeks.

Is Bruising After Lip Fillers Normal?

Lip filler bruises are common. However, individuals experience mild to moderate bruises, depending on how the lip injection was done.

Can I Eat After Lip Injections?

One can eatafter the numbing cream or nerve block effect has worn off. Also, one should avoid foods that require extreme chewing or are crunchy to prevent harming the lips. Drinking fluids using a straw is also prohibited to avoid putting pressure on the lips.

How Long Do Lip Injections Last?

Lip fillers can last for approximately 3-12 months.


Bruises are one of the side effects of lip fillers procedure. One can experience bruises after lip fillers when the small blood vessels (capillaries) are injured. People go for lip fillers for various reasons, such as lip correction. There are several things one should consider before lip fillers are injected, including avoiding alcohol and seeking the services of a qualified cosmetic doctor. If one experiences bruising after lip treatments, they can use arnica cream, vitamin K, or seek laser treatment.


Haneke, E. (2014). Adverse effects of fillers and their histopathology. Facial plastic surgery30(06), 599-614.

Lepcha, P. T., Nakib, A. A., Nair, V., &Akram, W. (2022). Smile Designing: The Inside Story. International Journal, 5(3), 558.

Niccoli, T., & Partridge, L. (2012). Ageing as a risk factor for disease. Current biology, 22(17), R741-R752.

Singh, K., &Nooreyezdan, S. (2020). Nonvascular Complications of Injectable Fillers—Prevention and Management. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 53(03), 335-343.

Monika Wasserman