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Dermal Fillers

What Helps Bruising After Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers have become popular recently. This article discusses what helps with bruising after getting lip fillers, how long bruises last, what to do before and after getting the fill, stages of lip swelling and when to see a doctor.

Lip fillers are cosmetic procedures to plump up lips and make them look fuller. Bruising is a common side effect after lip filler. It is normal and occurs when tiny blood vessels get punctured. Areas that get bruised mostly are areas that show visible signs of ageing. Luckily, pre- and post-treatment tips are used to reduce bruising. After a few weeks, the side effects will have gone completely. Before getting the lip filler, it is important to understand the healing period and how long it will take.

How Long Does Bruising Last?

Like any dermal filler, lip filler has visible bruises. It takes five to seven days for the bruises to clear and two weeks to see the final results. Avoid lip filler if you have an upcoming event because of the bruises. How long bruising lasts also depends on age, metabolism, type of lip filler and qualification of your medical expert. Lip filler does not damage lips if done professionally because they contain natural components such as hyaluronic acid, which can be absorbed.

What to Do Before the Procedure

Though bruising is normal, it can cause discomfort. A few tricks could help with reducing bruising even before the procedure. It includes;

  • Medicine includes aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, garlic, and vitamin E. The mixture will thin the blood and enhance bleeding and inflammation. Before the procedure, some medications are not taken for a week.
  • Avoid alcohol before the procedure; it is advisable to avoid alcohol because it causes dehydration. Alcohol is a blood thinner; it can increase inflammation and increase sensitivity to bruising.
  • Don’t apply makeup because it could contaminate the area being injected. The place to be injected must remain clean to avoid infections and bacteria that could cause side effects.
  • Apply or take bromelain and arnica. These ointments and pills are used to ease swelling and bruising. Taking arnica tablets for 4-5 days can help subside bruising.
  • Pavan et al. (2012) stated that eating fresh pineapple is advised because it contains bromelain, which reduces bruising.

What to Do After the Procedure

Here are some tips to follow after the injection.

  • You are compressing your lips with a hot or cold cloth while switching can help the body balance and ease discomfort.
  • Avoiding hot areas like saunas, hot yoga, and steam baths will help. Overly hot regions will likely increase swelling and bruising because of excess heat.
  • Krasuska&Gorzel (2020)stated that one could apply Arnica gel as this will help one heal faster.
  • Be gentle and patient with yourself. Handle your lips with a lot of care to avoid infections, and listen to the precautions given by the doctor. Taking time to rest and stay positive will help you calm down.
  • Avoid exercising. Exercise can increase blood pressure and heart rate, causing blood to flow to the lips and making the bruises worse. When exercising, all the sweat can get to the lips putting the lips at risk of bacteria and infection. Sweating could cause dehydration in the body, and lots of water is needed for healing.
  • Avoid sleeping on your face because it could increase pain, and the bacteria from the pillow could get to your lips, causing infection.

Stages Of Lip Swelling And Bruising.

Before getting the lip filler, it is important to know the healing period and how long it will take, even though bruising is completely normal. Immediately after the procedure, the swelling is uneven, and it is completely okay to experience that unless the uneven swelling stays for weeks. The cosmetic doctor can give you pain killers to help ease the discomfort.

Day One

The next morning, it gets intense because the lips become sore and bruised. It becomes difficult to eat or drink, but it’s only for a few days. Spicy food should be avoided during this period because of irritation. The doctor advises drinking plenty of water.

Day Two

Inflammation is expected on this day, bruises are visible, and lumps are felt, but it goes away after a few days. The doctor should guide you on how best to treat the inflammation and prescribe products that might reduce the bruising.

One Week

Inflammation at this time has disappeared. The patient can drink and eat, and the lips feel soft. The lips are forming to the desired liking of the patient. The swelling is not as much, but it is still there though the lips look better.

Two Weeks

At this point, the lips are at the desired liking of the patient, and they can decide if they are okay or if changes are made. At this point, if anything is abnormal, then a revisit is done.

When to See a Cosmetic Doctor

Lafaille& Benedetto (2010) explained that lip fillers have side effects such as swelling and bruising. However, not all side effects are normal. Some could be serious complications if not addressed. Here are some of them.

Intense Bleeding, Swelling and Bruising

When side effects become intense or take longer to heal, even after medication and care, check with the cosmetic doctor to ensure no complications will be experienced.

Change in Skin Colour

When the skin starts to have white spots and colour that is unusual, it could be that you were injected into an artery and causing a reduction of blood flow. It causes skin and tissue to die.


Mundada et al.(2017) stated that lumps, bumps and clumping are very common with hyaluronic acid, but if mixed with hyaluronidase, the lamps get better with time. Nodes could also result from inflammation, which cosmetics doctors could easily treat.

Swelling After Months

Asymmetry lips could be a sign of poor injection. Few people experience swelling months after having lip filler; this could be due to a late response to hyaluronic acid or buildup of the excessive amount of fluid around the cells, but it usually goes away after massages and lumps caused by incorrect lip filler, causing allergies.Seeing a cosmetic doctor would be best so that they can make the necessary corrections.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

What Can I Put on My Lips After Fillers?

Immediately after lip treatment, touching and applying products is not recommended; however, lip care with SPF is used to prevent direct sunlight from burning the lips.

What Helps Fillers Heal Faster?

The cosmetic doctor will guide you on more ways that help lips heal faster. After fillers, staying hydrated is the best way to heal faster. Eating fruits and avoiding wild places like saunas help too.


Lip fillers are not risky and easy. Even with that, it is important to research the person or institution doing the lip filler to ensure you are well-informed. The institution should be registered and certified to the standard required. Before booking for the procedure, make sure you research the cosmetic doctor’s experience or check for reviews, check the products used in the type of lip filler you want and its side effects. If you are under any medication, mention it to the cosmetic doctor for clarity to avoid complications.


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Barbara Santini