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How to Stop Swelling After Lip Filler

Swelling is a usual side effect after a lip filler procedure. It occurs due to the injection in the lip tissues but usually goes away within two days or less. This article explains how one can stop swelling after the lip filler treatment.

There are fouroutcomesthat one may experienceafter getting anycosmetic procedure; One, the treatment is successful and gives themthe desired results without any side effects; the treatment is successful and helps one achieve theircosmetic goals, but one can experience side effects; the cosmetic procedure goes wrong, onedoesn’tget satisfying results and experience terrible side effects; the procedure fails, and a personal experienceno reaction or side effects. Being mentally prepared for what may happen after a lip injection is essential. Most of the side effects after the lip enhancement procedure aremanageable. This article will discussswelling, one of the common reactions, and what to do to manage it. Let’s find out how to reduce swelling after lip filler.

How Can You Stop Swelling Associated with Lip Filler Treatment?

Avoiding swelling after lip filler treatment is almost impossible. According to cosmetic doctors, swelling after aesthetic lip injection happens because of the insertion of the needle into the lip tissues and muscles. However, expect the slight bump to disappear after a few days. The swelling should not scare youbut get concerned if the lips swellfor many days and are accompanied by symptoms likebleedingand severe pain. Extreme lumps on the lips after lip filler treatment or painful sensations are likely not to happen, but if it happens, don’t ignore them and seek medical assistance from aqualified cosmetic doctor. Try these tips if onewantsthe swelling to disappear faster;

  • Avoid activities that will increase high blood pressure, such as strenuous exercises.
  • Drink lots of water to keep the lips adequately hydrated. Hydration allows the lip area to mobilize fluids appropriately. Swelling often occurs due to the storage of fluids in one spot. Staying hydrated is an effective solution to prevent substances from the lip injection from clogging one lip site.
  • Avoid any activity that may pressure thelips. Thatmay include hard kissing for two days.
  • Avoid eating or drinking forms that may exacerbate swelling. For example, please don’t use a straw for drinking because it may worsen the swelling.

Is It Normal for Swelling to Occur a Few Months After Getting Lip Filler Treatment?

According to Kroumpouzos et al. (2021), swelling is only normalwithin two days after the treatment. There might be an issue if onerealizestheir lips have a bump a few months after the first aestheticlip injection. It can bea minor reaction that has occurred underneath the skin of the lips. However, to be sure the lip health is notthreatened, consult your cosmetic doctor to ensure the cause ofthe swelling will not trigger severe medical conditions. Here are some of the reasons for swelling that are noticeable some months after the initial treatment;

Lip Filler Lumps

This swelling is not a normal reaction. Awrong injection technique can cause it. It can also be triggered if a poor-quality or inappropriate lip filler product is used for the procedure. If the lumps are small, they are easily removed through massage. Larger lumpsmay need an assessment from a cosmetic practitioner.


According to Wright et al. (2019),thiscondition is triggered by the accumulation of excess fluid build-uparound the tissues or cells of the lips. It’s quite a typical response from patients with sensitivelips. It’s one of the minor complications many lip fillers patientsexperience. Oedema is unlikely to cause a significant or severe complication. However, the only way to guarantee the swelling is not a medical threat is to seeka solution early. Gentle massage on the injected area and where the bump is visible can reduce this type of swelling.

Delayed Onset Inflammatory Response

Bhojani-Lynch (2017)explained that lip injection mightcause an inflammatory response to HA (hyaluronic acid). This rare reaction can occur around five months after lip filler treatment. In extreme cases, patients can report this late-onset experience 14 months after the procedure. Somelip aesthetic practitioners claimoral steroids help with this condition.

Bruising After Lip Filler Treatment

Goodman et al. (2020)explainedthat mild bruising is an expected reaction after any aesthetic injectable treatment.Like swelling, mild bruising too should disappear after around 48 hours. If the bruises occur a few months after the lip injection, don’t get tensed. The bruise could be because you bit your lip: allergic reaction, sun exposure, iron deficiency anaemia,or poor circulation in the lips’ blood vessels. Give your lips some days to regain their normal state. Only get concernedif you notice lip discolourationand bleeding; these could be signs of a fungal infection or serious medical condition.

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What Should a Normal Lip Filler Swelling Look Like?

A safe swelling journey should look like this;

  • On the first day of filler treatment, there is visible swelling on the injected site.
  • On day 2, the initial swelling begins to disappear, and the full effects of the fillers are visible.
  • On this day, most of the pain is gone, and the primary swelling from the aesthetic lip injection has subsided.
  • By this day, all the swelling is gone, and there is no pain or tenderness.

Is Uneven Swelling Normal?

Injection in the wrong lip area can cause uneven swelling.This error occurs when the cosmetic lip injector incorrectly removes the needle from the lips while injecting the hyaluronic acid into your lip’s tissues. Also, if the filler’s viscosityis too high to be injected in the desired lip area, there will be an uneven distribution of fillers. As a result, the patient will have bumps and uneven lip plumpness.


The journey to fuller and plumper lips withlip fillers is full of different body reactions. Swollen lips after a lip injection should not worry you. It will go away on its ownafter a few days. One can reduce the swelling by being cautious and practisinglips aftercare. Avoid any activity, food, or drink that will pressure your lips if you want softer, plumper, and perfect lips.


Bhojani-Lynch, T. (2017). Late-onset inflammatory response to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open5(12).

Goodman, G. J., Liew, S., Callan, P., & Hart, S. (2020). Facial aesthetic injections in clinical practice: Pre- and post-treatment consensus recommendations to minimize adverse outcomes. Australasian Journal of Dermatology61(3), 217-225.

Kroumpouzos, G., Kassir, M., Gupta, M., Patil, A., & Goldust, M. (2021). Complications of botulinum toxin a: an update review. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology20(6), 1585-1590.

Wright, K. D., & AM Davidson, T. (2019). Oedema. The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine3, 1717-1719.

Ksenia Sobchak