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When Can I Wear Makeup After Fillers?

You can wear makeup 48 hours after fillers. Wearing makeup too early can irritate the treated area’s skin, making the bruises severe. Bruising, swelling, and slight pain are the common side effects of fillers. This article will discuss the benefits of lip fillers and how makeup, shortly after filer treatment, is harmful. The article will also answer frequently asked questions regarding lip fillers. 

Customers use fillers to lessen the signs of aging, like wrinkles, skin sagging, and loss of volume. Fillers offer immediate results with no downtime; you can resume your daily routine almost immediately after fillers. Wrinkles and sagging occur when the skin loses collagen and elastin, which are crucial to skin structure and elasticity. Environmental conditions like UV light can also cause collagen loss, while medical conditions like cancer result in lip or cheek volume loss. Fillers are mainly used for cosmetic purposes. They not only give you a youthful look but also offer a safe alternative to beauty, albeit with certain aftercare practices. This article will explain when you can apply makeup after fillers.

What are Fillers?

Fillers are injectable gels used in minimally invasive procedures like cosmetics. They are injected into the skin tissues of the cheeks, lips, chin, or tear trough. The fillers improve volume, smooth wrinkles and plump thin lips, fill hollow tear troughs, and redefine lip lines and borders. Cosmetic doctors or aesthetic practitioners consult the dermal procedure.

Procedure for Fillers

The aesthetic practitioner will assess the treatment area and mark where to inject. The marking determines how you look after the procedure.

A nurse will sterilize the marked area and apply a numbing cream. The procedure is not painful, but you will initially feel some discomfort. 

The aesthetic doctor will inject the marked area with a filler of your choice and massage it to smooth and align the filler. The treated area may appear stiff and fuller after injection, but you will look natural as the fillers settle. The cosmetic doctor will prescribe measures to suppress the bruising and swelling that often follow the procedure. Results from fillers vary depending on the type of filler and the expertise of the cosmetic doctor. 

When Can You Wear Makeup After Fillers?

Fillers take two to three weeks to settle; during recovery, you will need to take care so that the fillers do not dislocate. The first 48 hours are important because the skin adjusts to the fillers. Wearing makeup can exert pressure on the fillers. You should take at least 48 hours before applying lipstick or wearing makeup to ensure your fillers stay in place. 

According to Diwan et al. (2020), the major side effects of fillers are bruising, swelling, and pain. However, the side effects disappear within hours of the treatment, although some could linger for up to a week. Wearing makeup before these side effects subdue can make them severe if the makeup ingredients are not gentle on sensitive skin. Touching the treated area could lead to itching, prompting the patient to scratch the treated area. Cosmetic doctors warn you to touch, scratch, or massage the treated area unless the cosmetic doctor instructs otherwise.

Benefits of Fillers

Triggers Collagen Production 

Fillers can lessen signs of aging like wrinkles and volume loss. According to Cabral et al. (2020), fillers like hyaluronic acid and polylactic acid can trigger collagen production, which is crucial in maintaining skin structure. Firm and elastic skin will give you a youthful look. Treating scars and inborn asymmetries can also give you a youthful look.

Have Minimal Risks

Procedures for lip and cheek fillers are safe with minor side effects like bruising, swelling, and pain. These side effects subside after a few days. Complications with fillers are rare or when done by unqualified personnel. For instance, a botched lip filler injection could result in blindness conducted by a quack (Haneke,2015). 

Have No Downtime

Fillers have immediate results; you do not need to wait months to heal to see the results. Fillers get better as they settle if your face appears stiff and fuller; it will look natural after two to three weeks. You can also resume work immediately after fillers.

Are Long-lasting 

Fillers last for three to 18 months, depending on the type of filler. Metabolism, the area treated, and the amount of filler used affect how long fillers last. You can maintain fillers by redoing them after a few months and changing your lifestyle. 

Cost of Fillers

Fillers range from £ 100 to £ 500 a syringe, depending on the type of filler. Long-lasting fillers are expensive when compared to short-lived ones. The cosmetic doctor’s experience, the number of syringes, and the complexity of the injections will determine the cost of doing fillers. Medical covers do not cater to cosmetic procedures; this contributes to the cost of doing fillers. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

How Long Do Fillers Last?

Fillers last for three to 18 months, depending on the filler type, treatment area, metabolism, and lifestyle. 

What Should You Do After Fillers?

Adopt strategies that minimize swelling, bruising, and pain. For example, the patient should avoid heat, heavy work out, alcohol, and thinning medications for at least 48 hours.

What Are the Side Effects of Fillers, and How Long Do They Last?

The common side effects of fillers are slight pain, swelling, and bruising. These side effects subdue after a few days. If they last more than a week, consult your cosmetic doctor.

Where Can I Get Lip Fillers?

You can get lip fillers in a hospital or clinic with a qualified cosmetic practitioner or aesthetic doctor. You must do lip fillers in a hospital or clinic because complications can occur even if they are rare. 

What Would Happen If I Took Alcohol After Fillers?

Alcohol will not interfere with filler results. However, it will slow the recovery process by making it hard for bruises to heal because alcohol is both a vasodilator and a blood thinner. You can take alcohol after 48 hours.


You can wear makeup after 48 hours when the fillers have started to settle; this will minimize the chances of fillers dislocating and causing asymmetry or bumps on the face. You can notice filler results immediately after injection, and the results will gradually improve as the fillers settle. Fillers take two to three weeks to settle. Fillers are safe when done by a qualified cosmetic practitioner; they have minor side effects like bruising, swelling, or pain. You can do fillers in any clinic with a qualified cosmetic practitioner; you should buy fillers from the hospital or clinic.  


Cabral, L. R. B., Teixeira, L. N., Gimenez, R. P., Demasi, A. P. D., de Brito Junior, R. B., de Araújo, V. C., & Martinez, E. F. (2020). Effect of hyaluronic acid and poly-l-lactic acid dermal fillers on collagen synthesis: An in vitro and in vivo study. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology13, 701.

Diwan, Z., Trikha, S., Etemad-Shahidi, S., Alli, Z., Rennie, C., & Penny, A. (2020). A prospective study on safety, complications and satisfaction analysis for tear trough rejuvenation using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open8(4).

Haneke, E. (2015). Managing complications of fillers: rare and not-so-rare. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery8(4), 198.

Fussell, J. C., & Kelly, F. J. (2020).Oxidative contribution of air pollution to extrinsic skin ageing. Free Radical Biology & Medicine151, 111

Ksenia Sobchak