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Dermal Fillers

How to Look After Lip Fillers

Dermal fillers have become popular in recent years. They enhance the lips’ shape, size, and volume. This article explains how best patients can look after their lips after having the filler treatment, how to speed up recovery, and aftercare tips.

Many people across the United Kingdom are uncomfortable with how their lips look. They end up trying various forms of medications to feel comfortable with their lips. Lip fillers are dermal for various reasons; they enhance lip symmetry, size, shape, and volume. The duration of the fillers depends on the method used in attaining the fillers and how well they take care of their lips; after the procedure, the patient should take care of their lips properly to heal within the expected period.

Aftercare of Lip Fillers 

Dermal procedures have no downtime; the patient can return to normal daily immediately after the process. However, they should observe the following to speed up the healing process;

Avoid Strenuous Exercises

King et al. (2018) stated that lip treatment has side effects like mild bruises and swelling on the lips, which go away after some time. The patient should not engage in strenuous activity for 48 hours. Strenuous activities can increase heart rate and blood flow, leading to increased swelling. Patients should not engage in swimming, jogging, or any other vigorous activity that may lead to increased metabolism or sweating.

Avoid Make Up 

Some people are fond of using makeup. However, one should abstain from makeup after having lip filler until the lips relax and heal. Makeup like lipstick increases the chances of the lip being infected and applies pressure that may make the filler move to a different location. Also, one should avoid kissing and oral activities that subject the lips to pressure; the pressure delays the healing process.

Laser Treatments 

According to De Boulle et al. (2015), patients should avoid laser treatments after getting a filler injection. Laser treatments generate heat on the lips, breaking them down and easily dissolving them.


After undergoing a lip filler treatment, one must consult a doctor on the type of medication they need for pain. Patients should avoid medications like blood thinners which increase the chance of bleeding and bruising. 

How to Speed up Lip Fillers Recovery

The Lip fillers treatments procedure has no downtime; however, the following strategies may speed up the healing process are:


La Gatta et al. (2016) stated that hydration reduces lips’ drying. One should consume plenty of water to hydrate body cells and facilitate healing. In addition, food like fruits and vegetables may help one get crucial vitamins for healing.

Types of Food to Be Eaten

The ideal food during the healing process should not be spicy or salty as such foods tend to suck water on the lips, making them dry. Also, hot foods can make the lips more swollen.

How to Sleep 

After the procedure, the patient should sleep facing upward. One should avoid facing a pillow to protect the lips from pressure and abrasion.

Reasons for Wanting Lip Fillers 

There are various reasons why a patient may perform a lip filler treatment procedure. They include:

Correcting Lip Asymmetries 

Gunson& Arnett (2019) stated that every patient’s face is somehow asymmetrical, with uneven lips that are easily noticed. Some have thin lips. They can use lip fillers to mend such aspects. Although the upper lip appears smaller than the lower one, the two have the same volume. Therefore, lip fillers shape the lips and give them an attractive volume.

Fine Line Reductions on Lips 

Patients who show signs of aging can fully benefit from lip fillers; they rejuvenate lips and make them look younger. Lip thinning is one of the main undesirable aspects of aging. Lip filler restores volume and makes the lips appear younger and more attractive.

The Shape of the Lip 

Some patients have weakly defined lips correctable through lip filling. The fillers can sharpen the natural line in the lips.

Natural Fullness

Certain aspects of aging include skin sagging and distorted facial appearance. Similarly, it may leave one with thin saggy lips. For instance, older women can use lip fillers to obtain a better and more refreshing look, while younger women can use fillers to make their lips fuller. If done properly, the fillers may mimic the patient’s natural looks.

FAQs about Lip Fillers 

How Long Do Lips Stay Swollen?

Lip swelling is a normal part of dermal procedures and can go away after 48 hours. However, the swelling may linger much longer if the lips are mishandled.

Can I Apply it Make Up After Lip Fillers? 

Yes, one can apply makeup after the treatment, but only if the lips are not cracked or open. One should gently apply the lipstick to prevent unnecessary pressure on the lips; pressure may make the newly-done fillers migrate. 

Can I Massage Lips After Fillers 

It is not advisable to massage their lips after treatments. Pressure on the lips can increase bruising and swelling. Massage can be done after 48 hours, a duration in which the swelling and bruising subside.

Can I Vape After Lip Fillers?

Lips pucker during Vaping. The muscles on the mouth exert pressure on the lips; avoid Vaping for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment.


Lip fillers can give the patient the desired lip volume, shape, and symmetry. The dermal procedure is relatively safe and non-invasive. However, side effects like swelling, bruising, and redness may accompany the process. The bruising and swelling normally last for a while, although certain conditions may prolong the swelling. Patients should avoid heat, salty foods, and strenuous activities that increase metabolism and sweating, speed up breakdown, and infect the lip. Patients should also avoid spicy and salty food that may irritate the skin and delay healing.


De Boulle, K., &Heydenrych, I. (2015). Patient factors influencing dermal filler complications: prevention, assessment, and treatment. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology8, 205.

Gunson, M. J., & Arnett, G. W. (2019, September). Orthognathic virtual treatment planning for functional esthetic results. In Seminars in Orthodontics (Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 230-247). WB Saunders.

King, M., Convery, C., & Davies, E. (2018). This month’s guideline: the use of hyaluronidase in aesthetic practice (v2. 4). The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology11(6), E61.

La Gatta, A., De Rosa, M., Frezza, M. A., Catalano, C., Meloni, M., & Schiraldi, C. (2016). Biophysical and biological characterization of a new line of hyaluronan-based dermal fillers: a scientific rationale to specific clinical indications. Materials Science and Engineering: C68, 565-572.

Monika Wasserman