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What Happens If You Drink Alcohol after Lip Fillers

Drinking alcohol after lip fillers will slow recovery because alcohol is a vasodilator and a blood thinner. Bruises will take longer to heal, but alcohol does not affect the results of lip fillers.

Only qualified aesthetic doctors or practitioners should do lip filler because the procedure is more complex than it seems. The lip filler procedure does not just involve injecting the filler. One will be asked questions that will disclose their medical history during the consultation with the aesthetician. An inexperienced or non-aesthetic practitioner may know the importance of medical history or who is not eligible for fillers. The cosmetic doctor will give the guidelines to follow before and after lip fillers according to the expertise used during the injection. This article will explain if alcohol has any effect on lip fillers.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are injectable masses injected into the lip tissues for cosmetic purposes. Clients use lip fillers to plump thin lips, redefine lip borders and lines, and treat skin scars due to injury or inborn asymmetry on the lips. A cosmetic doctor or an aesthetic practitioner does the lip fillers.

Types of Lip Fillers

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Polylactic Acid
  • Polyalkylimide
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Procedure for Lip Fillers

The cosmetic doctor will examine the lips and mark injection points. It will help to determine how the lips will look eventually. Lip filler results differ between cosmetic doctors and the type of filler. The marked areas are cleaned, and a topical anaesthetic will be applied. One may initially feel discomfort, but the procedure is not painful. The cosmetic doctor will inject the marked area with the filler of one’s choice and massage the lips to align the filler. Their lips may seem firm or fuller after the injection. The side effects of lip fillers are minor and will last a few days.

What Happens If You Drink Alcohol After Lip Fillers

According to Alleyne & Dopico (2021), alcohol is a vasodilator, a substance that makes the blood vessels relax and widen. Like any treatment that involves injection bruising is common. Lips are vascular; thus, chances of bruising are high and are even higher when one takes alcohol. Taking alcohol after lip fillers can increase the extent of bruising. According to Chan et al. (2020),bruises heal due to blood clotting, and alcohol also is a blood thinner; thus, taking alcohol will reduce the rate of blood clotting. Song et al. (2018)explained that alcohol causes skin dryness, dullness, enlarged pores, and loss of elasticity due to dehydration.

How Long After Lip Fillers Can You Drink Alcohol

The recommended time to take alcohol after lip filler is at least 48 hours. Factors like sex, age, body weight and health conditions affect alcohol metabolism. Waiting for a little longer before one takes alcohol after lip fillers can help speed up recovery.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

No Downtime

Itani et al. (2022) explained that lip fillers have immediate results; after injection, one notices the changes, like their lips might seem fuller or firm. The results will also improve as one recovers, which takes two to three weeks. Individuals do not have to wait to heal to resume work; with lip fillers, they can go on with their work as they recover.

Minimal Risks

Lip fillers are generally safe and have minor side effects like bruises, swelling or slight pain. Complications like infections and allergic reactions are rare with lip fillers.

Triggers Collagen and Elastin Production

Collagen and elastin are crucial to skin structure and elasticity; more collagen and elastin in the body will give an individual a youthful look. Lip fillers like hyaluronic and polylactic acid can trigger collagen and elastin production. 

Long-lasting Results

Lip fillers can last three to six months, depending on the type of filler used. One can maintain the fillers by redoing them after a few months.

Cost of Lip Fillers

The cost of lip fillers depends on the type of filler. A syringe can range from£100 to £350. When doing lip fillers, the price is determined by the cosmetic doctor’s experience, location, the number of injections, and the complexity of the injections. Medical covers do not include cosmetic procedures in their bodies; this can also contribute to pricy lip fillers.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

Lip filler can last for three to six months. However, factors likefiller type, skincare habits, and the cosmetic doctor will affect the anticipated time. By redoing the lip fillers regularly, one can reduce the wear-off rate.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

What Should You Do After Lip Fillers?

Wash the face gently and use a soft cleaning agent.

Avoid exerting pressure, like applying lipstick or kissing for at least 48 hours, and this will avoid dislocating the filler.

Avoid alcohol, heat, or heavy lifting for the first 48 hours.

Will My Lips Have a Natural Look with Lip Fillers?

One may notice that their lips look stiff and fuller after injection, but as the fillers settle, theywill gain a more natural look. Also, one should not overdo their lips.

Where Can I Do Lip Fillers?

One can do lip fillers in a hospital or clinic with a qualified cosmetic doctor or aesthetic practitioner. Lip filler procedures rarely have complications, but if done by unqualified personnel, the chances of such complications are higher.

When Can I See the Full Results of Lip Fillers?

After injection, recovery will take two to three weeks, and the fillers will gradually settle. You will see full results after the fillers have settled.


Drinking alcohol after lip fillers will slow recovery because alcohol is a vasodilator and a blood thinner. Bruises will take longer to heal because more blood will spill into the nearby tissues and will not clot easily. Alcohol does not have any effect on the lip filler results. Hyaluronic, polylactic, polyalkylimide and calcium hydroxyapatite is the common lip fillers. One can notice lip filler results immediately after injection,which will gradually improve as the fillers settle; this can take two to three weeks. Only qualified aesthetic doctors or practitioners should do lip fillers, even if lip fillers have minor risks.


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