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Dermal Fillers

What to Put on Lips After Fillers

Taking care of your lips after lip filler treatment is essential to prevent bruising, swelling, and infections.This article explains the tips for lip filler care, the side effects of lip fillers, and the frequently asked questions regarding the fillers.

Lip filler aftercare is crucial for your desired outcome and comfort. After undergoing the lip filler procedure, what follows is how to ease the bruising and the swelling. Lip fillers have become among patients looking for a new appearance on their lips. The fillers help plump lips with little interruption to the patient’s lifestyle. There are numerous fillers in the market today; the patient can choose the type of filler to use. However, some practices are not advisable after having the fillers. It is important to consult a cosmetic doctor on what to avoid after the dermal injections. 

Tips for Lip Filler Aftercare

  • According to Urdiales-Gálvez (2018), applying arnica cream, taking vitamin K supplements, and using aloe Vera on the injection site reduces bruising. The patient can also consult a cosmetic doctor before using these products to understand their effects on the injection site.
  • Avoid active exercises for about twenty-four to forty-eight hours; The heart rate and high blood pressure from physical activities or exercises can worsen bruising or swelling. To be on the safe side, involve yourself in simple activities, simple dance, or walking.
  • Take much water; water plays a very important role in cell metabolism and the healing process. Buda-Kilinc et al. (2018) observed that water keeps the skin moisturized, controls body temperature, and moistens tissues in the mouth, nose, and eyes. Water helps the body heal faster after the procedure. Avoid straws that can pressure the lips and worsen the bruising or swelling when drinking water.
  • Sleep right and eat healthily; taking enough vegetables and fruits is recommended but avoiding sodium consumption, which may worsen the swelling. Avoid sleeping on your face; instead, you can support your head with a pillow to lessen swelling.
  • Patients should avoid medications that cause blood thinning; consult your physician on the painkillers you consume to reduce your pain.
  • Avoid makeup or wearing lipstick for up to twenty-four hours; this will help the lip heal faster.
  • Avoid kissing for forty-eight hours; the practice could apply pressure to the lips, making the sore. Pressure may also cause migration of the fillers. 
  • Refrain from high temperatures; they may worsen the swelling. Hot showers, steam, saunas, or strenuous activities are not good for about forty-eight hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking for 48 hours after the procedure; alcohol may worsen pain from the inflammation, whereas smoking may dry the lips or cause infections on the bruised parts.
  • Observe general body hygiene; practice cleanliness to prevent infections from the injected area. Infections may prolong the healing process.

Side Effects of Lip Fillers

Patients undergoing cosmetic procedures should be aware of some side effects. The effects vary from patient to patient. Some side effects include bruising, swelling, pain or numbness, lumpiness, itching, tenderness, and bruising, although they are temporary (Haneke, 2015). Consult a cosmetic doctor immediately if you experience severe discomfort or extreme bruising around your lip area. Infections, allergies, lumps that do not seem right, and lip stiffness are other side effects that may also require medical attention. The complications are rare if a trained and experienced injector conducts the procedure. If side effects do not disappear within the first two weeks, consult the cosmetic practitioner doctor who conducted the treatment.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Can I Apply Vaseline on My Lips After Fillers?

You can use any moisturizer or Vaseline when your lips are dry after the treatment. Use a clean finger or a soft brush to apply it gently to avoid pressure on your lips; pressure can increase swelling and bruising.

Can I Put Lip Balm on My Lips After Filler?

There is no harm in applying lipstick or lip gloss on the lip fillers. However, avoid applying any makeup to the injection site for at least twenty-four hours.

Can I Put Moisturizer on After Fillers?

It is recommended to use moisturizer or cleanser after the treatment. Patients can use a product with soothing effects like arnica cream, vitamin K and aloe vera if the sensitivity or redness persists.

Can I Massage Lip Filler Lumps?

After treatment, patients experience lumps on the lips. If one experiences lumps, one should massage the lip gently for five to seven days; this will align the bumps and lumps on the lips.

Can I Smile After Lip Fillers?

It is recommended to avoid smiling for several days after the treatment. Facial expressions like frowning, laughing, and smiling, do not affect the lip filler. However, patients should smile while softly massaging the lips until they heal completely.


When undergoing a cosmetic procedure, customers should find skilled and experienced cosmetic doctors; this will help them get the right treatment without complications. After the procedure, one should be gentle on the skin to avoid the pressure that may lead to bruising. Arnica cream, aloe vera, and vitamin K may ease the pain and swelling. However, consult a cosmetic doctor to give the right guidance on what you should and should not do to help you recover.


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