Dermal Fillers

What Happens If You Drink Alcohol after Lip Fillers

Alcohol is a vasodilator and a blood thinner that slows down lip fillers recovery. It makes the bruises take longer to heal, but it does not affect the results of lip fillers. Herein, the article discusses the effects of alcohol after filler treatment and suggests aftercare treatments that make the swelling subside.

The lip filler procedure is more complex than it seems; qualified aesthetic doctors must produce the desired results. The lip filler procedure does not just involve injecting the filler. The aesthetic practitioner will ask you to disclose your medical history during consultation. Your medical history is useful in deciding your eligibility for the fillers. The cosmetic doctor gives you guidelines before and after lip fillers injection. Among the most common practices to avoid is alcohol consumption. 

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are non-surgical masses injected into the lip tissues for cosmetic purposes. Clients use the 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 for desired outcomes. 

Types of Lip fillers

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Polylactic Acid
  • Polyalkylimide 
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Procedure for Lip Fillers

The cosmetic doctor will examine your lips and mark injection points. The demarcation helps to determine how the lips will look eventually. The marked areas get cleaned and then numbed using a topical anesthetic. You may initially feel discomfort, but the procedure is relatively painless. 

The cosmetic doctor will inject the marked area with the filler of your choice and massage the lips to align the filler. Your lips may seem firm or fuller after the injection. After injection, apply an ice pack to the injected areas to minimize swelling, bruising, or slight pain. 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 you take alcohol. Taking alcohol after lip fillers can increase the extent of bruising. According to Chan et al. (2020), bruises heal due to blood clotting. However, alcohol also is a blood thinner; it suppresses clotting and prolongs the bruising. Similarly, Song et al. (2018), alcohol also 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 longer before you take alcohol after lip fillers can help speed up recovery. 

Benefits of Lip Fillers

No Downtime

Lip fillers have immediate results; you will notice changes after injection, like your lips, might seem fuller or firm. The results will also improve as you recover, which takes two to three weeks. You do not have to wait to heal to resume work; with lip fillers, you can continue your work as you 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 you 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. You 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 £ 350. The cost is a function of 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 risks; this may contribute to the high cost of the fillers.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

Lip filler can last for six to twelve months. However, factors like filler type, skincare habits, and lifestyle behaviors will affect the anticipated recovery time; you can reduce their wear-off rate through regular touch-ups. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

What Should You Do After Lip Fillers?

  • Wash your face gently and use a soft cleaning agent.
  • Avoid activities like lipstick or kissing for at least 48 hours; such activities apply pressure on the fillers and place them at risk of migrating to other locations.
  • Avoid alcohol, heat, or heavy lifting for the first 48 hours after treatment. 

Will My Lips Have a Natural Look with Lip Fillers?

You may notice that your lips look stiff and fuller after injection, but as the fillers settle, you will gain a more natural look; you should not overdo your lips to maintain their natural look.

Where Can I Do Lip Fillers?

You 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. 


Drinking alcohol after lip fillers will slow recovery because alcohol is a vasodilator and a blood thinner. Alcoholic beverages make more blood spill into the nearby tissues, delay clotting, and prolong the bruising. However, alcohol does not have any effect on the lip filler results. Hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite are the most common lip fillers. You can notice lip filler results immediately after injection, although the results manifest after the fillers settle; this can take two to three weeks. Qualified aesthetic doctors or practitioners should do lip fillers to give the desired outcome. 


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