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What Happens If You Drink After Lip Fillers?

The use of lip fillers to enhance beauty has increased nowadays. This article discusses the impact of alcohol on lips after lip filler injections and what patients should do to achieve the intended outcome after fillers.

Lip fillers are one of the most requested facial fillers in the world. It is because they can enhance beauty for people who feel they need improvement on the look of their lips. Lip filler injection has a high satisfaction rate, with patients reporting positive feedback after the procedure. However, one can only achieve the intended result if they pay keen attention to the aftercare tips that help protect and recover the lips after injection. There are supplements that patients use but fail to disclose to the cosmetic doctor that would cause harm to them after the procedure. In this case, let us consider alcohol.

Taking Alcohol After Lip Filler Injections

Lip filler patients should avoid drinking alcohol at least 24 hours after lip filler injections. Alcohol can facilitate an increase in the level of complications that precede the injections; therefore, patients should avoid taking it at this critical time of recovery. Alcohol is a blood thinner. According to Filler et al. (2021), drinking alcohol could cause blood vessels to expand, making them more likely to rapture. When this happens, the blood leaks into the surrounding tissue. It is the purple colourone sees with bruising. Swelling after lip filler injections is normal, as it disappears a few days after injection. Swelling is temporary. Most patients report swelling the morning after injection. The effect of alcohol causing an increased blood flow rate can make some after-filler complications worse. It includes swelling. It is best to avoid alcohol for at least 24hrs after lip filler injections.

Taking Alcohol Before Lip Filler Injection

Patients should avoid taking alcohol 24 hours before the procedure. Some cosmetic doctors recommend that patients should avoid alcohol one week before the procedure. It is the last 24 to 48 hours that matter. When alcohol gets into our bodies, it becomes a vasodilator. It means that it causes the blood vessels to relax and widen. When the blood vessels are wider, there is a higher chance that the fine needle used to make injections can injure the blood vessels causing blood to leak into the nearby tissues. It can also cause fluid retention worsening the swelling look. Bruising and swelling should be kept at an absolute minimum to make the patient enjoy the final result. Excessive consumption of alcohol makes the skin dry. Injections on dry lips may result from cracking formation. It would hinder the appearance of expected final results. It is why cosmetic doctors insist their patients should stop taking alcohol 24 hours before and after injection.

Another side effect of lip filler injection is the effect of dizziness and drowsiness. Alcohol consumption before or after the procedure would worsen these effects. For this reason, avoid taking alcohol for at least the time the cosmetic doctor recommends. The good news is that after abstinence from alcohol consumption, the lips eventually become youthful and fully recovered from injections.Apart from alcohol consumption, other aftercare tips are observed to achieve the intended after-filler results. These after tips include:

Avoid Strenuous Exercises

According to Funt & Pavicic (2013), vigorous exercises would cause blood pressure and heart rate to increase, worsening the effects of swelling and bruising. Exercises also make the body sweat, therefore, dehydrating the body. Sweating can irritate the injected site making the patient feel uncomfortable. These exercises may include activities in the gym, running, dancing, farming, and many more. Avoid vigorous exercise at least 24 hours after injection.

Taking Hot Drinks and Foods

Hot drinks and foods may burn the lips. The effect of burning may be low because one’s lips might still be numb from an aesthetic cream applied before injection. The lips may feel sore and swollen.Taking room-temperature drinks to stay hydrated a few hours after injection is better.Avoid taking dry foods that may injure your lips. Preferably eat soft foods.

Avoid Taking Spicy Foods

Spicy foods may cause a stinging sensation, especially in the early stages of the lips after the procedure.

Avoid Taking Drinks Using a Straw

Using a straw may cause pressure on the lips, especially in the initial stages after injection, since the lips are somehow swollen. It is best to have drinks without using a straw.

Smoking After the Lip Filler Procedure

Smoking before recovery is harmful. It can cause infections that may worsen the condition of the injected lips. Smoking also dries the skin and makes the surface of the lips crack. Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Taking Painkillers After the Procedure

Many people feel they do not need painkillers after the injection procedure. However, if one needs painkillers, one should consult a cosmetic doctor. According to Heydenrych et al. (2018), anti-inflammatory painkillers can cause blood thinning, increasing the chances of getting bruised.

Avoid Air Travel for a Couple of Weeks After the Procedure

Air in the aircraft can likely make one’s skin dry, preventing them from achieving maximum results.

Avoid Putting on Makeup Immediately After the Injection

Lip makeup may react with the lip filler, especially if the lips are bruised. One should consult their doctor if they have to wear makeup. Avoid makeup at least 24 hours after the procedure.Consult the cosmetic doctor about the best tablets to take to prepare for the procedure. According to Urakov et al. (2021), homoeopathic tablets can make the body resist the formation of a hematoma.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Fillers

Do Your Lips Feel Hard After Lip Fillers?

It is common for the injected lips to feel stiff for at least two weeks after injection. Everything comes back to normal once the swelling has subsided.

How Long After Lip Fillers Can I Wear Lipstick?

The cosmetic doctor will recommend that an individual wait 2-3 days after treatment before wearing Lipstick. After this, one should be careful not to apply excessive pressure on their newly filled lips while applying Lipstick.


Lip fillers are a safe lip treatment method that gives a positive outcome. Therefore, it is essential to take time and choose a competent cosmetic doctor to avoid severe complications and increase their chances of achieving better results. The injection process is very critical and should be done carefully. The patient must have a clear picture in mind of how theywant the lips to look and should explain it to their cosmetic doctor for them to be on the same page. Overall, we can say that lip fillers are the solution to enhance your lips’ shape, structure and volume.


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