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What Can I Put on My Lips After Fillers

Technology has led to inventions that enable patients correct undesirable body appearances. Lip fillers are among the most known treatments making the lips look full and plumper in appearance. This article explains what to put on the lips after a filler treatment.

Lip fillers are a subset of dermal fillers; the main types include calcium hydroxylapatite and hyaluronicacid. The process of lip filling is non-invasive and takes about 60 minutes to execute. Unlike other surgical treatments, which occur once and are permanent, the lip filler treatment is not a permanent process as the patient may need more treatment for better results. One will need several injections to maintain the fullness of the lips. Some known side effects of the treatment procedure are tenderness, swelling, and mild internal bruising that are relatively painless and last for a day. The lip filler procedure has simple aftercare treatments that are manageable.

How to Moisturize the Post-Treated Lips 

Hydration is important as it helps in preventing the lips from drying out. After the lip filler treatment, some patients may experience dry lips; some filler can draw moisture from the lips. Patients with sensitive skin may feel irritated when the numbing cream is used on their lips; others may experience allergic reactions from the lips’ swelling or mild lip-balling. One is advised not to lick their lips but to use thick ointments with vitamin E or Shea butter as a lip moisturizer.

Lip Filler Aftercare

The aftercare of lip filler ensures that the lips remain healthy. After the lip filler procedure, patients can have small bruising caused by the injection. King et al. (2018) stated that, although the bruises are not always painful, it is advised to take good care of them to prevent infections. Arnica creams and vitamin K are applied on the lips to help with bruising, but one should consult a cosmetic doctor before using such products to prevent any adverse effects. Patients should avoid high temperatures and strenuous exercise for 48 hours after getting the dermal filler treatment. The bruising and swelling experienced from lip filler treatment can worsen when a person’s heart rate and blood pressure are elevated; thus, one is advised to engage in light activities. Staying hydrated is also an effective aftercare practice; drink water to hydrate the lip cells and tissues to accelerate healing.

On the other hand, high temperatures or heated environments may make the swelling more pronounced. Also, some pain medication can be used after consulting the cosmetic doctor on the best pain relievers. Avoid any thinning blood medication; they may prolong the bleeding.

What to Avoid 

After conducting a lip filler procedure, patients should not; 

Not Fly 

According to Quinzi et al. (2018), a patient from a lip filler treatment procedure should wait for about a week to fly; the air pressure in a plane may worsen swelling and bruising. 

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol is blood thinner, and individuals are advised to avoid alcohol after lip filler treatment for at least 24 hours. Drinking alcohol can lead to inflammation and increase the chances of an individual getting bruised.

How To Make Lip Filler Last Longer 

The results obtained from a lip filler treatment procedure vary from one person to the other. The time taken before the filler fades away will differ from one patient to the other. Christen &Vercesi (2020) stated that factors like body metabolism and age affect the duration of the filer on the lips; factors like age cannot change, explaining why lip fillers are not always permanent. Lip fillers last between 3 and 12 months, depending on the patient’s age and metabolism.

How to Reduce Swelling on the Lips 

One of the main minor side effects experienced by various individuals after a lip filler treatment procedure is swelling of the lips. A cosmetic doctor can prescribe painkillers and anti-swelling medications. Antihistamines obtained over the counter can also help reduce swelling. Eat healthy vegetables after the treatments and avoid spicy and salty foods.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

What Are Lip Fillers 

Lip fillers are a cosmetic non-surgical treatment that helps a patient achieve plumper and fuller lips. 

Can I Smoke After Lip Fillers?

Yes. One can smoke after receiving the lip filler treatment as it does not affect the treatment. However, smoking immediately after treatment may dry the lips; thus, patients should refrain from smoking until they heal completely.

How Soon Should I Apply Lip Stick?

A patient can apply lipstick after the treatment so long as they are fully healed. Some components in the lipstick could infect the bruises if used immediately after the treatment.

Can You Drink Alcohol after Treatment?

No. It is not advised to drink alcohol immediately after a lip filler treatment. Notably, alcohol is a blood thinner that enlarges blood vessels and increases susceptibility to getting bruised.

Do Lip Fillers Hurt? 

No. the lip filler treatment is safe and non-invasive; the pain experienced is mild and goes away after a while.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last? 

The lip filler treatment may last from at least three to twelve months, depending on the age and metabolism of a patient.


Lip fillers are a non-surgical treatment used to get full and plumper lips; they enhance the patients without major side effects. Hyaluronic acid is commonly used in the procedure. The acid is better, safe, non-invasive, and less time-consuming. Patients should avoid spicy and salty foods immediately after the procedure to reduce swelling and bruising. Patients should also avoid non-sterile objects in the lip bruises to reduce infections. Before the procedure, one should know the possible side effects and risks to manage their expectations.


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Ksenia Sobchak