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When Can I Smoke After Lip Fillers

An individual can smoke 48 hours after lip fillers. Smoking does not have much effect on lip fillers but can increase infection chances, puckering of the lips can cause pain to the injected areas, and smoking can cause dehydration of the lips, which can slow recovery. This article explains when an individual can smoke after lip fillers.

The cosmetic doctor will give the guidelines and things to do and avoid during the consultation for lip fillers. During the consultation, the cosmetic doctor will also check if one is eligible for lip fillers. People with a history of oral herpes, diabetics, blood clotting disorders, and pregnant and expectant women are not eligible for lip fillers and dermal fillers. Lip fillers are for cosmetic purposes, and people do fillers to plump thin lips and redefine lip lines and borders to give them a youthful look by restoring volume. Smoking before and after lip fillers can slow recovery.


Fillers are injectable masses injected into one facial skin tissues like lips to add volume, plump thin lips, and treat wrinkles. Lip fillers are specifically injected into lip tissues. Most lip fillers contain hyaluronic acid. According to Dovedytis et al. (2020), hyaluronic acid is a slippery substance found in common areas, skin, and eyes. It helps with skin hydration and smooth movements of joints. Lip fillers include PMMA, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite.

Lip Fillers and Smoking

Besides being bad for one’s health, smoking after lip fillers can increase the chances of infection, puckering of the lips can cause pain in the injected areas, and smoking can cause dehydration of the lips, which can slow recovery. Smoking cannot affect the overall results of lip fillers. One can smoke after 48 hours; this way, they can maximize healing, reduce chances of infection, and puckering of the lips.

Lip Filler Procedure

Gowd et al. (2017) explained that the aesthetic practitioner would examine the lips and map the treatment areas, which will help determine the final results.The aesthetician will clean the lips with an anti-bacterial agent before applying a topical numbing cream. The procedure is not painful, and the numbing cream helps reduce the discomfort one will initially feel. The cosmetic doctor will then inject the fillers into lip tissues. The procedure can take 45 minutes, depending on the complexity of the treatment and the number of injections.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

No Downtime

One can notice the effect of lip fillers immediately after the injection. The results will gradually improve as the fillers settle. The results of lip fillers will differ from one patient to another because of the filler used and the cosmetic doctor.

Minimal Risks

Lip fillers are generally safe when done by a qualified cosmetic doctor. Bruising, slight pain and swelling are the common side effects of lip fillers, and they last for a few days.

Enhances Facial Features

Lip fillers enhance facial features like lip lines and borders that have been affected by ageing or volume wastage due to medical conditions.

Triggers Collagen Production

Some lip fillers, like polylactic and hyaluronic, can trigger collagen production, which is crucial to skin structure and elasticity. Having fewer wrinkles and elastic skin gives you a youthful look.

Cost of Lip Fillers

The cost of lip fillers can range from £70 to £350. The cost of lip fillers depends on the type of filler, the cosmetic doctor’s experience, the location, the procedure’s complexity, and the number of syringes one need. Long-lasting lip fillers are pricy than short-lived ones. Medical covers don’t include cosmetic procedures, which might make lip fillers expensive.

Side Effects and Complications of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are generally safe when done by a qualified aesthetic practitioner. Diwan et al. (2020) say lip fillers have minor side effects like bruising, swelling, and slight pain. These side effects last for a few days after lip fillers. Lafaille & Benedetto (2010)stated that complications with lip fillers rarely occur;and include allergic reactions, infections, and fracturing of blood vessels. To avoid such complications,one should do lip fillers in a hospital or clinic with a qualified aesthetic practitioner. An individual should also buy lip fillers from the hospital, and avoid online shops, even if they are cheaper.

How long do Lip Fillers Last

Lip fillers last three to six months; they depend on the type of filler, metabolism, and cosmetic doctor. Fillers start to wear off after injection; thus, it’s not guaranteed to last that long. One can redo lip fillers after a few months to increase the longevity of the lip fillers, usually when they are halfway through the anticipated time.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

What to Do After Lip Fillers?

Avoid heat, alcohol, and heavy workouts for 48 hours to speed up recovery.

Use a soft soap or cleaning agent when cleaning the face.

Avoid touching or massaging the lips unless the cosmetic doctor instructs one to do so.

Can I Have a Natural Look with Lip Fillers?

One can look natural with lip fillers once they have settled and if they don’t overdo the fillers. The fillers take two to three weeks to settle, and the results improve with time.

After How Long Should I Kiss or Apply Lipstick After Lip Fillers?

Kissing or applying lipstick exerts pressure on the lips and can dislocate the filler. Lip fillers start settling sometime after injection, and it is better to wait 48 hours before applying lipstick or kissing.

Are Lip Fillers Permanent?

Lip fillers are not permanent; they wear off, or one can remove them with an enzyme injection that dissolves the filler into the body.

Can I Have Complications with Lip Fillers?

Complications with lip fillers, like infections, are rare but can occur if the cosmetic doctor is inexperienced or underqualified. Cosmetic doctors recommend one do lip fillers at a hospital or clinic with qualified aesthetic personnel.


Smoking does not have a huge impact on lip fillers but can increase infection chances, puckering of the lips can cause pain to the injected areas, and smoking can cause dehydration of the lips, which can slow recovery. Cosmetic doctors recommend that if one needs to smoke after lip filler, then do it after 48 hours. An individual can notice the results of lip fillers immediately after injection, and they gradually improve until the fillers have settled, usually after two to three weeks. Lip fillers have minor side effects when done by a qualified cosmetic doctor. Always buy lip fillers from the cosmetic doctor doing your lip fillers to ensure safety.


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Dovedytis, M., Liu, Z. J., & Bartlett, S. (2020). Hyaluronic acid and its biomedical applications: A review. Engineered Regeneration1, 102-113.

Gowd, M. S., Shankar, T., Ranjan, R., & Singh, A. (2017). Prosthetic consideration in implant-supported prosthesis: A review of the literature. Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry7(Suppl 1), S1.

Lafaille, P., & Benedetto, A. (2010). Fillers: contraindications, side effects and precautions. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery3(1), 16.

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