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Dermal Fillers

What to Avoid After Lip Fillers

It is fashionably great to have plump lips that look natural. Therefore, over a million patients in the UK are being administered lip fillers yearly. But what aftercare practices should you avoid? Continue reviewing the blog, which explains eight things to avoid after lip filler treatment.

Lip fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that are popular in providing plump and full-pout lips that feel and look natural. They are injected into the lip tissues to increase their volume for a more youthful appearance. Although the cosmetic procedure is approved by the Food Standard Agency (FSA), they are certain precautions and aftercare tips you should follow for a more natural look. Sometimes injectable lip fillers may cause bruising and swelling that last a few days before wearing off, but if you ignore the after-tips, you may prolong the healing period.

8 Things to Avoid After Lip Filler Treatment

Avoid Doing Strenuous Activities and Exercise

Body fitness and yoga meditations are good things to pursue; however, it is important not to go to the Gym immediately after lip filler treatments. Exercises such as extreme yoga position, weight lifting, long-distance running, vigorously dancing, and other intense activities are avoided for at least one to two days after the injection. It is simply because they increase blood flow and heartbeat that often worsens the bruises and swellings associated with cosmetic procedures. In addition, sweating tends to leave your body dehydrated. Cymrot & Natalia (2022) explained that most lip fillers are infused with hyaluronic acid that works by retaining water to make the lips appear plump.So if one is dehydrated, the stuffing won’t achieve the bulky look one dreams of.

Avoid Heated Rooms Or High Temperatures

According to Small et al. (2012), steamed rooms, hot showers, sun tanning, and sweaty classes should be postponed for at least 24 to 48 hours after the lip filler injections. High temperatures dilate the blood vessels in the injected areas, thus prolonging the healing period of bruising caused by lip fillers. When one wants to shower after the treatment, use cold or lukewarm water to avoid more complications. It would help if one tried cold compressing to not only relieve any mild irritations that might occur after the injection but also fasten the healing process of bruises and swelling.

Don’t Consume Alcohol

Alcohol tends to leave patients dehydrated. Most lip fillers are hyaluronic acid that attracts water for plump lips. Therefore alcohol consumption is avoided for at least 24 hours before and after the treatment. Instead of drinking alcohol, one should drink lots of water since HA lip fillers rely on body fluid to keep one plump. According to Hema Sundaram et al. (2011), water is essential in fastening the natural healing process of swelling accompanied by filler treatments. It is crucial to remember alcohol is a blood thinner that causes blood vessels around the injected area to dilute, making the site more susceptible to swelling or bruising. Therefore stay hydrated and keep off alcohol for a short period.

Avoid Certain Medications

After lip filler injections, one may feel some itching and irritating sensation in the treated area. Instead of buying blood thinning medications like aspirin, try to relieve the pain with more natural supplements like Arnica gel. Arnica is aherbal remedy that exhibits anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is essential in treating swellings, bruising, and rarely cold sores associated with cosmetic procedures. Naturally, the side effects disappear after 2 to 3 days, but arnica application fastens the skin healing process. In addition, if one is suffering from chronic conditions like depression that require blood thinner medications, you should let your aesthetic doctor know before the treatment. Blood thinners make the lip tissues more prone to infections and bruising. Therefore, supplements like fish oil, caffeine, garlic, Vitamin E, and flax oil should be off the label until you fully recover from the treatment (approximately(3 to 4 days).

Avoid Smoking

Smoking is not good for both skin and internal health. It slows down blood circulation around all body parts, including lip tissues. Therefore, smoking immediately after the lip filler injections may increase the chances of infections like cold sores and swellings. According to Rivkin & Alexander (2016), smoking can interfere with the interaction of lip tissues and filler materials, making the lips appear darker in the injected areas. So be safe and be patient for at least 24 hours after the treatment to be around smokers or generally smoke.

 Avoid Applying Makeup

Avoid exfoliating, harsh lipsticks or cream around or on your treated lips if you are a cosmetic lover. It would help if you waited a day after the filler injections before applying any makeup because of the risk the products might bring to the injected lip area. Furthermore, it is important to break the lips by not using pressure to interfere effectively with filler materials with lip muscles. Additionally, laser treatments should be postponed for at least 14 days after any filler treatments, including lip fillers. It is simply because lasers create a lot of energy that can break down filler materials; as a result, they are more quickly dissolved than they usually do.

Avoid Immediate Flying

You know that hyaluronic lip fillers attract fluid in your body tissues to create full-pout lips. The air pressure associated with a plane can worsen fillers’ side effects, such as bruising and swelling. In addition, plane air pressure tends to dehydrate your body, thus making the stuffing not reach its intended lip volume. You should avoid flying after lip injections for at least a week.

Don’t Sleep Facing The Pillow

Always sleep with your head elevated to avoid blood pooling to the injected lip area. For at least 48 hours, when you fully recover, don’t sleep facing down since you may worsen the bruising associated with the treatment.

 Frequent-Asked Questions(FAQs) about Lip Fillers

Can You Kiss After Lip Filler Treatments?

Applying pressure on the lips after the injection can worsen the bruising and swelling associated with the treatment. Kissing is not exceptional; you should wait for at least 24 to 48 hours before engaging with a partner through kissing. Further, kissing may introduce some infections to the injected area.

How Long Do Lips Stay Swollen After the Filler Injections?

Swelling is a common side effect associated with injectable cosmetic procedures. However, not all people contract adverse effects. Although, if you have, don’t worry, as it usually goes away after 3 to 4 days. 

The Bottom Line

Lip filler treatments are very popular to make the lips appear plump with minimal or no downtime. In the UK, over a million patients are injected with lip filler to fight the ageing lip signs. Though lip augmentation is quick, there are certain aftercare tips and tricks one should adhere to for relevant results. They include avoiding alcohol and staying hydrated, don’t fly for a week, avoiding makeup, don’t smoke, and avoid strenuous exercises. If you encounter complications, consult the cosmetic doctor for clarifications and corrections.


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Hema Sundaram, M. D., Jason Michaels, M. D., & MPHd, D. B. N. B. (2011). Rheological evaluation of the physical properties of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology10(9), 974-980.

Rivkin, A. Z. (2016). Volume correction in the ageing hand: role of dermal fillers. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology9, 225.

Small, R., & Hoang, D. (2012). A practical guide to dermal filler procedures. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Ksenia Sobchak