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Dermal Fillers

What to Eat After Lip Fillers

Lip filler treatments increase lip volume and have a natural look that feels real. The article explains what lip fillers are, how soon one should eat after lip fillers, what to eat and drink after lip filler treatment, and what not to drink and drink after lip filler injections.

Lip fillers are gaining popularity daily, with more people curious about their effects and safety. The Food Standard Agency (FSA) has regarded the cosmetic procedure as safe and a minimally invasive technique to plump lips. Compared to other lip augmentations techniques, lip fillers are quick, and when performed by a qualified practitioner, they have no or minimal side effects and complications. They are mostly injected into thin lips to restore poorly produced lip fats and proteins like hyaluronic acid and collagen. However, the optimal result provided by injectable fillers not only lies in the hand of cosmetic doctors but also in how cautious the patient is on aftercare tips. After the cosmetic treatment, one of the main things to understand is what to eat or drink.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Ghasemi et al. (2022) explained that lip fillers are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that are popular in plumping or restoring youthful lip volume. Lip fillers are injected into the lip tissues to introduce biodegradable substances like poly-l-lactic acid to promote the natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid that plumps lips. The process is quick and provides an immediate result that lasts for 3 to 8 months depending on the professionality of the cosmetic doctor, the type of lip filler, and the patient’s body metabolism. Sometimes lip fillers may contain the natural hyaluronic acid that attracts body fluid 1000 times its weight in increasing lip volume. 

How Soon Should You Eat After Lip Fillers?

Lip filler injections are quick and painless as cosmetic practitioners administer numbing agents to minimise any chance of irritation from the injecting needle. Cozumel et al. (2021) recommended waiting until the numbing fully wears off before eating. It is simply to avoid accidentally biting the lips or wiping foodstuffs on sensitive lips since you may not fill the irritation. It is also preferred to wait at least 24 hours before eating messy or hard-to-chew foods, as they are likely to disturb the injection sites. For the optimal and ideal result, be gentle on the lips and avoid unnecessary touches and massages to allow the injectable filler to settle fully.

What To Eat And Drink After Lip Filler Treatment?

As soon as the numbing wears off, one is cool to eat normally, but they should avoid various food stuff labelled in the article. But most importantly, one should always stay hydrated by eating plenty of hydrating vegetables and fruits. Lip filler materials draw water from the lips, providing plump lips that feel natural. Therefore, drinking a lot of water can help the fillers to achieve the ideal result. Nonetheless, fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and minerals that play a big role in natural body recovery after treatment. So, eating healthier can fasten the filler settlement by reducing the time required for the lips to recover from the injections fully.

What Not to Drink and Eat After Lip Filler Injections?

Lip filler injections are considered safe by FSA, but sometimes they can be accompanied by mild side effects such as swelling and bruising. Fortunately, they wear off a few hours after the treatment depending on the patient’s body healing capability. However, consuming the following substance immediately after the treatment can prolong and worsen the bruising associated with lip treatments:


If onefindsalcohol an integral part of their lifestyle, it is crucial to know that alcohol isn’t their friend after lip filling. According to Al-Najjar et al. (2022), alcohol makes the lip more susceptible to swelling, inflammation, and burns by causing the blood vessels around the injected area to dilate. It acts as a blood thinner, worsening the bruising of the injected lip area. Additionally, alcohol causes one’s body to dehydrate, including the lips. Lip filler materials like hyaluronic acid depend on body fluid to increase lip plumpness. However, the fillers may not achieve the full pout result if the lip tissues are dehydrated. Therefore, as anxious as one might be to resume normal alcohol consumption, one should wait for at least 48 hours after the lip injection.

Salty and Sugary Foods

It is crucial to avoid foods rich in sodium and sugar since they increase the likelihood of swelling and bruising after the lip filler injections. The foodstuff includes crisps, chips, chocolate, baked goods, hot sandwiches, and many more. Furthermore, salty foods tend to draw moisture from all body parts resulting in thinner and drier lips than normal. Therefore, dry lips can interfere with how longevity and plumpness of one’s lips after the cosmetic filling treatment. One should be cautious with their diet for 2 to 3 days after the treatment.

Hot and Spicy Food or Drinks

If taking hot drinks or foods can help an individual get through a cold day, they should consider changing their normal 48 hours after the lip filling. Heat worsens lip swelling and bruising by weakening the body’s natural healing process. Cosmetic doctors advise patients to apply cold compressing on injected lip areas to minimise chances of bruising. In addition, spicy foods or drinks irritate the lips, and when in contact with the injected area, they can trigger infections such as activatingthe herpes simplex virus.


A cup of tea or coffee after a tiresome day can act as a relaxant for both mind and body muscles. However, one might need to realise how much damage the drink can cause when consumed immediately after lip filling. Ward et al. (2019)explained that caffeine, apart from causing lip dehydration, also slows down the natural healing process, thus making the treatment more prone to prolonged swelling and bruising.

Vitamin E Supplements

Avoid taking vitamin E supplements like fish oil. Garlic, ginger, and pepper after lip injections until you fully recover. They act as blood thinners and make lip bruising and swelling more likely.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

What Are Things to Avoid After Lip Fillers?

A qualified cosmetic doctor will provide patients with aftercare tricks that shorten the recovery period by reducing the likelihood of swelling and bruising. The common things to avoid immediately after lip fillers include:

  • Blood thinning medications like aspirin
  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Sleeping on your face
  • Applying to make-ups for the next 48 hours
  • Heated rooms and sunbed
  • Vigorous exercises
  • Flying for a week

How Long Do Lip Fillers Take to Settle?

 Lip filler treatments are quick processes that provide an immediate result compared to most cosmetic procedures like lip implants. They take roughly 3 to 5 days to settle, depending on the recovery period from common mild side effects, the doctor’s professionality, and the amount or concentration of lip filler materials.


Lip filler popularity is based on the ideal result they provide that feels and looks natural. However, one must sacrifice some eating routines for at least two days after the treatment to achieve your dream look. These routines include alcohol consumption, eating spicy and salty foods, drinking caffeine, and taking vitamin E supplements. Most cosmetic doctors recommend staying hydrated as filler materials draw body fluid in plumping lips. Also, eating fruits and vegetables rich in organic nutrients can help boost body healing, thus helping treat bruising or swelling associated with lip filler injections.


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Ghasemi, S., & Akbari, Z. (2022). Lip Augmentation. Dental Clinics, 66(3), 431-442.

Ward, B., & Paskhover, B. (2019). The Influence of Popular Online Beauty Content Creators on Lip Fillers. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 39(10), NP437-NP438.

Marie Salbuvik