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When Can I Sleep on My Face After Fillers

Some patients ask when they should sleep on their faces after the fillers. This article explains how to sleep on the face after the fillers, tips for sleeping after the facial fillers, other things to avoid after the face fillers and the frequently asked questions.

Dermal fillers have become very popular in the world. Most patients have been undergoing this treatment to refresh their appearance and give them a smooth and youthful appearance. Since patients spend a lot of money to enhance their faces, they should take care of their fillers to get the best from them. Taking care of them can speed up their healing and make them last longer. It includes avoiding alcohol, eating healthy, putting pressure on the injection site, staying away from the sun and avoiding sleeping on their face. When patients sleep on their faces, they pressure them, worsening the swelling and bruising.

How Long to Sleep on My Face After Fillers?

After the cosmetic procedure, a professional cosmetic doctor gives them guidelines which they should follow to make their fillers heal fast and last longer. One is that patients should avoid sleeping on their faces after fillers. According to Goodman et al. (2020),pressure is applied on the injection site when sleeping face down, making the swelling and bruising worse. The fillers take seven to ten days to settle ultimately. It is recommended to give the fillers ample time to relax since the swelling and bruising increase the healing process when one sleeps with the face down. Most cosmetic doctors emphasize carefulness for two to three weeks to give fillers time to settle. It is because the pressure applied can cause complications and asymmetry. According to Jones et al. (2021),the pressure applied can also cause fillers to migrate and settle on unintended regions when one sleeps on the face. It may cause complications, and customers may be forced to see a cosmetic doctor and repeat the procedure. Patients can avoid all these complications by avoiding sleeping on their faces.

Tips for Sleeping After the Facial Fillers

After fillers, patients should sleep on their backs for a week. It will help themavoid putting pressure on the injection site, which may increase bruising and swelling—sleeping on the back assists in maintaining the filler in one position to settle. Cosmetic doctors advise Patients to place their heads in an elevated position while sleeping. Patients should do this by putting more pillows together than usual. It helps them avoid pressure on the injection site when sleeping on the face. Patients are also advised to avoid sleeping on their stomachs. When they sleep on their stomach, they will sleep on their face, and the friction is applied to the front. It makes the bruising and swelling worsen. After the cosmetic procedure, sleeping on the side of the stomach may interfere with the procedure results by relocating the fillers. It may also cause the asymmetry of the stuffing. Practising sleeping on their back with their head raised helps prevent the fluids from assembling into the head, which helps reduce bruising and swelling. Sleeping on the back is the most effective and safest position to sleep after having the dermal fillers. Professional cosmetic doctors advise patients to stay straight for three to four hours and avoid applying pressure or rubbing on the injection site. It helps the filler settle in one place, prevents the migration of the stuffing from one place, and determines an unintended position.

Other Things to Avoid After the Face Fillers

Patients are advised to follow the guidelines instructed by the cosmetic doctor to avoid complications and achieve the best results. There are several things that patients should avoid after the face fillers to make the fillers heal faster and to make them stay longer. After the fillers, patients should avoid exercises which may result in high temperatures and increased blood flow. According to Zhang et al. (2020), high blood flow increases bruising and swelling at the injection site. High temperatures make the body sweat. According to Murray et al. (2021), sweat increases the chances of infection in the treated area. Some patients practise yoga after the filler, which is not recommended. The head movement during yoga may make the fillers move from one position to another. Fillers take two weeks to settle ultimately. So, when patients practise before the fillers determine fully, they result in complications. It is a great idea to wait for at least one week for fillers

to settle.

The sun affects the face by creating creases and wrinkles. The sun makes patients’ faces look tired and angrier when exposed to extreme sun hours. It is recommended to avoid exposing yourself to the sun, especially after the treatment. Patients should also avoid exposing themselves to the sun for at least forty-eight hours after the procedure. It is to give the fillers enough time to heal and make them last longer. Cosmetic doctors advise patients to use sunscreen and protective clothing while outside to avoid the sun rays affecting the fillers. They should talk to their cosmetic doctors to give them guidelines for optimal results.

What to Do to Speed Up the Healing Process

Patients should drink a lot of water to speed up the healing process of the fillers. It is known that water plays a vital role in the body as it makes the skin remain moisturized every time. According to Wongprasert et al. (2022), most fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body. It works by trapping and retaining water molecules in the body. For this reason, patients are advised to keep their bodies hydrated since it helps in the healing process of the fillers.Patients should ensure they eat a lot of hydrating fruits and vegetables and are advised to give them enough vegetables and fruits when the body is trying to accomplish its role in the healing process. It makes the body firm and strong enabling it to fight any injection in the injection site.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

Can I Sleep on My Face After Filler?

Patients are not advised to sleep on their faces immediately after the treatment. Sleeping on the face may increase bruising and swelling on the injection site. It can also cause complications by making the filler migrate from one place to another.

How Long Can I Sleep on My Face After the Filler?

Patients should wait at least one week for the fillers to settle before sleeping on their faces. The pressure applied when sleeping on the face can cause bruising and swelling.


Cosmetic doctors advise patients to wait for one to two weeks after the fillers to sleep on their faces. Fillers take some time to settle. When the customers sleep on their faces before the fillers settle, they may experience swelling and bruising at the injection site. They may cause migration of fillers from one place to another and decide on unintended areas. Due to this, the results may not be that pleasing, and the patient is forced to repeat the procedure.


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Murray, G., Convery, C., Walker, L., & Davies, E. (2021). Guideline for the management of hyaluronic acid filler-induced vascular occlusion. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology14(5), E61.

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Charlotte Cremers