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What Helps Swelling After Lip Fillers?

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as lip fillers are becoming popular in the cosmetic industry today. Swelling is a common side effect of most dermal filler treatments, which typically disappears within a few days. Keep reading to learn more about what helps to swell after lip fillers. 

Lip filler injections have side effects, such as redness, bruising, soreness, swelling, and itching. Most of these side effects occur immediately after the lip filler injection. If you experience swelling right after the procedure, do not panic! Swelling is normal and temporary. For many clients, swelling is worst during the first day after the lip filler injection. In typical cases, swelling should go down within 2 to 5 days and disappear entirely within the first two weeks after the procedure. The patient can do a few things to help reduce swelling after a lip filler injection. 

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are among the most popular dermal fillers to enhance lip appearance. There are several types of lip fillers available in the market today. However, the most popular lip fillers are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance in your body. Hyaluronic acid helps to trap water molecules and keeps your skin hydrated. HA is responsible for the plump look on your lips after receiving a lip filler injection. The acid also enables your body to produce more collagen. 

Why Get Lip Fillers?

To Add Fullness to the Lips

Many clients get lip fillers to add or restore volume to their lips. Some clients dislike signs of aging, such as thin lips; such clients opt for lip filler injections to restore fullness to their lips. Others naturally have thin lips. They get lip fillers to give their lips a plumper look. 

To Correct Lip Asymmetries

 One could have a lip fuller than the other or a scar that changes the shape of the lips. A lip filler treatment can correct all those asymmetries (Singh & Chauhan, 2019). 

To Smooth out Wrinkles and Fine Lines around the Lip Area

Fine lines and wrinkles are among the most common signs of aging that clients try to minimize with lip fillers. The injections can smooth out wrinkles and fine lines around the lip area and help you achieve a youthful look (Piovano, 2020). 

Well-Defined Lip Shape and Sharp Cupid’s Bow

According to Henderson (2019), lip fillers can help you achieve a sharp cupid’s bow and a well-defined lip shape. Some clients may not have lip asymmetries but a lowly defined lip shape and Cupid’s bow. Lip fillers can also give your lips a pouty look. 

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Maintain Natural Fullness

Lip fillers can increase the size of small and thin lips to help you achieve natural fullness. According to Czumbel et al. (2021), HA-based lip fillers keep your lips hydrated and maintain natural fullness. 


Lip filler treatments are non-invasive. They are generally safe, with mild side effects that disappear within a few days. 

No Downtime

Unlike surgical cosmetic procedures, there is no downtime needed after lip filler injection. You can get back to work right after the procedure. However, there are aftercare practices that you must do to ensure that you get optimum results. 

Lip Fillers Are Temporary and Reversible

Lip fillers are temporary; this property benefit client who are still determining how they would look after getting a lip filler injection. Patients who are unhappy with their results can request their doctor to dissolve the filler and reverse the results. Besides, lip fillers are suitable for clients who wish to enhance their labial features without having a permanent commitment, like in surgical cosmetic procedures. 

Enhance the Appearance of Your Lips

Lip fillers can enhance the appearance of your lips and give you that look you have always desired to have. They can correct lip asymmetries, add or restore volume to your lips, and help you achieve a well-defined lip shape. 

Why Do Lips Swell After Fillers? 

Swelling is a common side effect following a lip filler treatment. It is typically a natural response from the trauma caused to tissue cells in the injected area. Occasionally, swelling is caused by an allergic reaction or a poorly done procedure. For that reason, getting your lip filler treatment from a certified professional is always recommended to minimize such risks. 

How to Manage Swelling after Lip Fillers

Avoid Pressure on the Injected Site

Avoid touching your lips right after getting a lip filler injection. Too much pressure on your lips may worsen swelling and tamper with healing. Because the initial swelling is a natural response following the injection, massaging your lips right after fillers may not reduce swelling but can worsen it. You can massage your lips after 5 days following your lip filler injection. 

Avoid Strenuous Activities

Another way to manage swelling after lip fillers is to avoid strenuous activities and intense workouts for at least 3 days. Strenuous activities and intense workouts may increase your blood pressure and heart rate, worsening swelling and bruising. If you must maintain your workout regime, simple exercises like walking can do. 

Sleep on Your Back and Keep Your Head Elevated

Sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first two nights after the lip filler injection. It prevents too much blood from flowing into the injected area, thus reducing blood flow. You can add an extra pillow to keep your head raised while sleeping. 

Stay Well Hydrated

Water accelerates the healing process. Too much salt deprives your body’s water and leaves your skin dehydrated; avoid salty foods after the filler injection to reduce dehydration.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fillers

Where Can I Get Lip Fillers?

You can get your lips done at aesthetic clinics near you. Ensure that you get your lip filler injection from a board-certified aesthetician for optimal results. 

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?    

The results of a lip filler treatment can last up to 12 months, depending on the type of filler used. Most HA-based lip fillers last for 6 to 9 months. 

Can I Use Flight After Lip Fillers?

The air pressure in a plane can worsen swelling. Avoid swelling for at least one week after getting your lip filler injection. 


Lip fillers are among the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that give your lips a plump look. The non-invasive procedure is quick, with no downtime needed. A lip filler injection is easy and effective. However, you may experience a few common side effects, such as bruising and swelling, which are normal and temporary. To manage swelling after a lip filler injection: Avoid touching the injected area and skip intense workouts for a few days after the procedure. Your lips are sensitive organs that require sufficient skills and experience. Ensure that a board-certified aesthetician performs your procedure to minimize risks of prolonged swelling and other common side effects after lip fillers. 


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Henderson, A. (2019). Enhancing the Cupid’s bow with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, 8(6), 276-279.

Piovano, L. (2020). Hyaluronic acid for lips and perioral fine lines and wrinkles. In Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Procedures (pp. 353-357). Springer, Cham.

Singh, S., & Chauhan, A. Occupational Lip Asymmetry Managed by Hyaluronic Acid Fillers. Ann Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019; 3 (6), 1047.

Charlotte Cremers