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When Can I Go on a Sunbed After Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are an excellent way to refresh ageing lips.This article will discuss what one can and cannot do after lip fillers, side effects of sun exposure and things to check before having the filler.

People are slowly embracing lip fillers, with many wanting to find out if they can go out in the sun after getting fillers. Lip fillers are done to enhance someone’s look by plumping up the lips. It has been seen that sun exposure can affect lip fillers by reducing the intended results of the fill. It can irritate the skin because of the burning, causing soreness. Exposure to the sun after fillers should be avoided for at least two weeks after the procedure. Regular sun exposure is okay, but too much exposure can have side effects.

Things to Do After Lip Fillers

After one has gotten lip fillers, here are some of the things to do;

  • Avoid excess sun exposure for a week or two. This will allow one’s skin to heal properly because the product will function fully.
  • If it is a must to go outside, try to cover yourself from direct sunlight. This is because direct sunlight destroys and burns the skin.
  • Wear lip care with SPF. This protects the lips from UV rays that come from direct sunlight.
  • Use topical antioxidants. This enables the fighting off free radicals.Ureta et al. (2018)explained that one needs to follow guidelines from cosmetic doctors on how to care for the lips.
  • Stay hydrated. The body needs a lot of water for healing.
  • Consult cosmetic doctors in case of any side effects or complications.
  • Sleep while the head is slightly slanted for easy flow of blood.

Some of the things one should not do after lip filler include;

  • Do not exercise after the lip filler. Strenuous exercise can increase swelling because of increased blood flow on the lips. Movement can cause dehydration.
  • Do not go to hot places like saunas and steam baths after fillers. It is recommended that you wait for two weeks.
  • Do not fly after lip fillers because the pressure on the plane can increase swelling.
  • Please do not drink alcohol for 24 hours because it can thin the blood, causing swelling and bruising.
  • Do not take certain painkillers and supplements because they increase the chances of bruising and inflammation.
  • Do not drink through a straw because it causes puckering of lips which causes pain in the injected area.
  • Do not drink or eat hot food. After the procedure, most likely, your lips are numb, and there is a high chance of burning your lips.
  • Do not kiss after fillers. Putting pressure on your lips could increase bruising and swelling.
  • Do not use tanning beds at all.
  • Do not apply makeup immediately after the procedure to allow the injected areas to settle and to avoid any possible infection.

Side Effects of Sun Exposure After Fillers

According to Funt & Pavicic (2013),sun exposure after lip fillers could have a negative impact by; degrading the quality of lip filler because of sunburn, worsening the skin instead of healing, and could affect the results intended after the fill. After the stuffing, it is unlikely to have allergic reactions because most products used for filling exist naturally on the body. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most commonly used fillers, which is a substance found naturally in the human body, so dissolving is not an issue. Ige et al. (2012) explained that collagen fillers are mostly made of calcium,which occurs naturally in the body, so the reaction is rare. Immediately after treatment, a patient can experience slight redness, swelling, and tenderness. These side effects are expected and usually go away after one or two weeks.

Things to Check Before Having a Lip Injection

Before having lip augmentations, it is recommended that one check a few factors to be more informed. The factors include;

Experience of the Cosmetic Doctor

Lip augmentation is not complicated, but they need caution when performing the procedure. Trust the cosmetic doctor performing the procedure. Everyone does not do lip filling; only certified and trained cosmetic doctorsshould perform the procedure. Do the research for a reputable clinic and visit for consultation before the process.

Check If OneIs Suitable for The Procedure.

Not everyone is suitable for lip fillers. Certain conditions don’t allow for such procedures. If an individual suffers from a situation such as cold sores, it is not advisable because there is a risk that the injection may activate cold sores causing a breakout. De Boulle &Heydenrych (2015)explained that conditions like diabetes and blood clotting disorder could also not be suitable for lip fillers.

Potential Side Effects

Before getting lip fillers, knowing what will happen after the injection is essential. Mild side effects,including swelling, bruising, tenderness, and redness,can occur due to the body’s reaction, which usually goes away after some time. However, these effects can show that something did not go right with the procedure. Your medical expert should inform you of the possible side effects and complications.

Preparation Is Required Before the Procedure.

When going for a consultation, the cosmetic doctor should let one know how they should prepare for the procedure. Things like alcohol, medication, and supplements should not be taken a few hours before lip augmentation because of the possible side effects that are caused. All the precautions will help one to reduce the occurrence of side effects after the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions on Lip Fillers

How Do You Protect Your Lips from the Sun?

Apply an SPF lip care to prevent UV rays from burning your lips after fillers. Even after recovery, use SPF to make the fillers last long.

Can I Have Fillers If I Suffer from Cold Sores?

It could be a risk because the injection could activate the sores again. Speak to your medical expert before getting the treatment for guidance.


It is advised to wait a few days before exposing the filled lips to direct sunlight for long hours. Take all the precautions given by the cosmetic doctor to avoid harm and complication. It is claimed that the sun does not affect fillers, while some argue that it affects the quality of healing and fullness of lips. Not all fillers are reversible, so one should care for their lips after the procedure to avoid corrections and reversal. Lips are a sensitive part of the body, and any complication could lead to damage if action is not taken immediately.


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Funt, D., & Pavicic, T. (2013). Dermal fillers in aesthetics: an overview of adverse events and treatment approaches. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 6, 295.

Ige, O. O., Umoru, L. E., &Aribo, S. (2012). Natural products: a minefield of biomaterials. International Scholarly Research Notices, 2012.

Ureta, R., Mejico, S., &Maranan, Y. (2018). Free radical scavenging activity and antioxidants of Hydrocotyle Vulgaris L.(pennywort): a baseline study in developing biocosmetic-antidote for pathological ageing. International Journal of Pharmacology, Phytochemistry, and Ethnomedicine, 10(1), 2297-6922.

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