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Dermal Fillers

How to Prevent Bruising From Lip Fillers

Bruising is common with lip fillers because lips are vascular. This article discusses how to prevent bruising from lip fillers, including; applying anti-inflammatory cream on the treated area and the benefits and costs of lip fillers.

Patients opt for lip filler procedures for reasons like plumping thin lips, treating a scar, or treating an inborn lip deformation. Lip fillers are generally safe when done by an experienced cosmetic doctor. The common side effects are bruising, swelling, and pain. Lip fillers are common because of the simple procedure, inexpensive and long-lasting. Knowing how to prevent bruising will help save time and heal faster. Lip fillers don’t have downtime, but a bruise will stop a patient from enjoying a look. Use this article to know what causes bruising and how to prevent it.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are injectable gels used in minimally invasive procedures for cosmetic purposes. Lip fillers are used to plump thin lips and redefine lip borders and lip lines. The common lip fillers are hyaluronic acid, PMMA, polylactic acid, polyalkylimide, and calcium hydroxylapatite

Procedure for Lip Fillers

A cosmetic doctorassesses lips and maps the areas to be injected to help determine the final results. The mapped area will be cleaned, and a topical anestheticwill be applied. The process is not painful, but a patient will initially feel some discomfort. Acosmetic doctor injectsthe lip filler under the skin.


Bruising is a major side effect of any injection treatment because the needle fractures blood vessels. Lips are more susceptible to bruising because they are more vascular. Lin & Christen (2020) suggested that lip filler bruises last a week after injection. Most cosmetic doctors use a cannula needle, a long blunt needle that creates one entry point to minimize bruising.

How to Prevent Bruising

Avoid Thinning Medications.

According to Ausen et al. (2022),thinning medications are taken to prevent blood clots that may lead to stroke or heart attack. Blood will not clot easily to prevent bleeding when injected. Duringa  consultation, acosmetic doctoradvises a patient to stop taking thinning medication a few weeks before lip filler treatment.

Use Anti-inflammatorySupplements

Common herbs for treating inflammation are arnica and aloe vera. According to Ulakov et al. (2021), arnica has anti-inflammatory properties to treat bruising and swelling. A patient can also use vitamin C, K, Pineapple, and comfrey ointments. Be careful when applying creams to avoid further bruising.

Who Can Get Lip Fillers?

Clients can get lip fillers if they have thin lips and wish to plump them or if their lips are becoming thinner due to age. Patients with delicate skin cannot get lip fillers because they may seem out of proportion. Patients with a smoking history may not be eligible for lip fillers.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Stimulates Collagen Production

Collagen gives the skin structure and elasticity. Less collagen is produced when aging; thus,theskin growswrinkles. Lip fillers like polylactic acid stimulate collagen production, which helps smoothen wrinkles and make the skin look young.

Enhances Facial Features

Lip fillers can redefine lip lines, treat scars on lips, and enhance lip borders. Aging can make these lip features less dominant due to the skin losing its structure and elasticity. Fillers are also used to treat volume loss due to medical conditions.

Minimal Risks

Lip fillers are generally safe when done by an experienced cosmetic doctor. Stojanovič&Majdič (2019) suggested that common side effects of lip fillers injection are bruising, swelling, and pain.

No Downtime

The effects of lip fillers are immediate. The results of lip filler injections are immediate,unlike other procedures where you have to wait months to heal before seeing the results. You can also resume work immediately if it does not involve heavy lifting.

Cost of Lip Fillers

The price of lip fillers depends on the type of filler a patient chooses, the cosmetic doctor’s experience and location, and the number of syringes needed. Note that cosmetic procedures are not included in medical coverage. More experienced cosmetic doctors with high-end clinics charge lip fillers more expensively than less experienced ones.

FAQs about Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Settle?

Ogilvie et al. (2020) suggested that lip fillers take two weeks to settle fully. Avoid heavy work, heat, and sweating since they interfere with healing.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

Lip fillers can last for a few years or more, depending on the type of filler used. Sharad (2022) noted that Hyaluronic filler could last for a year, while PMMA lasts for five years.

What Should I Do Before Lip Fillers?

Avoid thinning medications a week before injection; this will reduce bruising and increase healing.

What Should I Do After Lip Fillers?

Avoid touching, scratching, or massaging lips after lip filler treatment. A cosmetic doctor can instruct a patient to massage the lips. Vaghela et al. (2021) advised that a patient should avoid exerting pressure on the lips, like applying lipstick or kissing for at least 48 hours.

Are Lip Fillers Permanent?

Lip fillers are not permanent and can be removed using an enzyme injection that dissolves the filler into the body. Lip fillers also start wearing off after sometime and can last for a year or more, depending on the type of filler used.


Bruising is common in lip fillers because the lips are vascular, which makes it hard for a cosmetic doctor to avoid fracturing capillaries. Cosmetic doctors mainly use a blunt tunnel needle to inject lip fillers. A patient can prevent bruising by avoiding thinning medications because they prevent blood from clotting easily or using anti-inflammatory agents like vitamin C, K, and aloe vera. When applying the anti-inflammatory creams,avoid more bruising. Lip fillers plump thin lips and redefine lip lines and borders. Using fillers like polylactic acid triggers collagen production, which is crucial to skin structure and elasticity.


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