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Dermal Fillers

When Can You Wear Makeup After Lip Fillers

Makeup is a cosmetic product used to improve appearances. There is a controversy about whether one should apply makeup or not after the lip filler treatment procedure. This article explains when a patient can wear makeup after applying lip fillers.

People use makeup on various occasions. After a lip filler treatment, one should handle their lips properly to get better and desired results. Lip filler treatment results in swelling and bruising that lead to mild pain in the lips. Unnecessary pressure on the lips may increase and worsen bruising and swelling.

Makeup after the treatment should be instructed by cosmetic experts who know how to handle treated lips. One should not apply makeup immediately after treatment. Other than infecting the open bruises, it applies pressure on the lips, worsening the swelling and bruising.

Can One Apply Makeup After Filler Treatment?

Wallace et al. (2020) stated that patients could apply makeup twelve to twenty-four hours after the treatment, depending on the lip filler procedure. Bruising is a side effect brought by the tiny needles used to prick the skin. When the blunt cannula technique is used, the patient can use makeup sooner; the cannula procedure is less invasive than needling. A patient can comfortably apply to make up twelve hours after the procedure. The time frame is to give the punctured lips time to heal. With needling, one should take a day or two to apply makeup on their lips comfortably. Makeup products contain ingredients that may result in an infection on the lips through holes created during filler injection.

Can One Get Treatment with Makeup on? 

It is not advised to have makeup like lipstick when going for a lip filler treatment procedure. One is advised to arrive at the filler treatment appointment with a clean face without makeup; facial analysis needs a clean face without makeup. The aesthetic doctor needs to determine how the skin looks like and the thickness of the lip tissue to know the amount of lip filler treatment needed for the injection. After the lip filler treatment, avoid makeup for at least twelve to twenty-four hours. A downtime from makeup prevents infections and makes the fillers settle in well. 

How Long Do Lips Stay Hard After Filler Treatment?

De Boulle et al. (2015) stated that lips feel firm and stiff after the first two weeks of the filler injection. Swelling on the lips is the main side effect of the treatment; however, it goes away after two weeks. 

Some patients experience tender and hard lumps, a complication resulting from the body reacting with the fillers. The allergic reaction is treatable through a prescription from a cosmetic expert. Patients should avoid over-the-counter medication that a certified cosmetic doctor does not recommend; they could result in more complications.

How Long Can Lip Filler Take to Heal?

Healing after lip filler treatment varies from person to person depending on factors filler concentration, age, and the patient’s metabolism; some take a long time, while others take a shorter time. Bravo et al. (2015) stated that treatment takes around twelve to twenty hours for the mild pain to go away, but for some patients, it takes up to a week to subside. If one needs their lips ready for an event, it is advised to get the procedure two weeks before the event o have enough time to recover. How best patients take care of their lips will determine the healing process.

What Should One Not Do After Filler?

Appukuttan (2016) stated that the aftercare of the lip filler treatment determines whether the patient gets the desired results or not. There are activities that one should avoid within twenty-four hours after treatment. These include Vitamin C or Retinols, or any oil-based makeup. It can infect the bruises resulting in negative results. One should not sleep on their face to prevent pressure on the lips. Instead, they should sleep facing up on an elevated. In addition, patients should avoid drinking alcohol after the treatment for about twenty-four hours. Alcohol is a blood thinner and can increase bruising. Avoid strenuous exercise and activities that apply pressure on the lips; such activities can lead to filler migration to the undesired area.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

Can One Massage Lips After Filler Treatment?

Do not massage the lips after the lip treatment to avoid damaging tender lips.

How Soon Can One Apply Makeup? 

One can apply makeup after 24 hours to prevent infection on the small bruises; the makeup should be very light.

Can One Drink Alcohol After Fillers? 

Alcohol consumption is not recommended after lip treatment; it makes the lips susceptible to more bruises.

What Can Be Applied to the Lips After Treatment? 

One can apply arnica oil, widely used to reduce mild pain and swelling on the lips.


Lip fillers’ aftercare determines the treatment’s outcome. Lipstick should not be done immediately after the fillers treatment when the bruises are fresh and the lips more tender. The lipstick may cause infections; patients should wait a day or two after the treatment to apply makeup. Also, one should follow an aesthetic doctor’s instructions on the proposed aftercare practices to prevent the lips from prolonged swelling. Notably, dermal filing should take place under the supervision of a qualified practitioner to prevent undesired side effects.


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Charlotte Cremers