Dermal Fillers

When Can YouKiss After Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers restore the lost volume, making the lips appear fuller and plump. This article explains lip fillers, when to kiss after lip filler, risks of kissing after lip filler, what to do after lip filler injection, and frequently asked questions.

Most patients undergo cosmetic procedures to help them enhance lips, define and shape the lips, add volume, smoothen wrinkles and creases around the lip and give them a youthful appearance. After undergoing the lip filler treatment, your lips may look more attractive and kissable, but this does not guarantee you the right to kiss after the treatment. The kissing practice may apply pressure on the lips and worsen the swelling and bruising. You will need to give the lips enough time to heal before you can kiss.

What Are Lip Fillers?

According to Van Loghem et al. (2015), lip fillers are injections conducted to transform the appearance of the lips, especially their proportions, symmetry, shape, and volume. The dermal fillers contain different ingredients, with hyaluronic acid being the most common. According to Draelos et al. (2021), Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, making it compatible with the lips when injected as a dermal filler. The acid attracts water to make a plumper appearance on the lips. 

When To Kiss After Lip Fillers?

It is a good idea to give the lip fillers time to heal before going back to kissing. Though this varies from person to person, some may prefer to do it immediately after the treatment. The best practice is to wait for at least 48 hours to allow the lips to heal. If you start kissing before the filler heal, you may face swelling, discomfort, and bruising. The kissing applies pressure, which may make the fillers take a long time to heal; it may also force you to repeat the procedure if the filler migrates.

Risks of Kissing After Lip Filler

According to Planchuelo et al. (2022), kissing exposes the lips to infection. Every time a needle is injected into the skin, patients should avoid anything that leads to inflammation or infection for at least 12 hours. Unnecessary contact may lead to a bacterial infection on the bruised area.

Kissing prevents the filler from integrating with the lip tissues. As aforementioned, pressure as a result of kissing can make the filler relocate. Relocation can result in aperiodicity, a situation in which one edge of the lip becomes fuller than the other. Once this happens, the injector has to dissolve the relocated filler and start the procedure afresh. Patients should avoid kissing before they heal completely to avoid such complications and additional costs of redoing the procedure. After the procedure, give the lip filler a few days; if you have to kiss, do it gently.

Some side effects may remain for several weeks after the treatment, including bumps, lumps, unevenness, and swelling. Some fillers may not integrate with the skin or add volume, while others have the potential to provide good structure and add volume to the lips.

Kissing may also expose the lips to bacterial infections. As aforementioned, the lips become exposed due to the bruising from the procedures. Hence, having contact with saliva from your partner may introduce enzymes into the lips, prolonging the swelling.

What to Do After Lip Fillers

It is advised to take much water after the fillers. Water will moisturize the skin and help it heal. Patients should apply aloe Vera or arnica cream on dry lips, bruising, or swelling to ease the pain and keep the lips moisturized. Ones should avoid active exercises that raise body temperature and prolong the healing. Hygiene is also vital to avoid contaminating the injected area when touched, especially in the hands. Similarly, the patient should avoid alcohol and smoking; the two cause inflammation and dryness.

FAQs about Fillers

Can Kissing Affect Lip Fillers?

The patient develops mild swelling and pain after getting the lip filler. It is good to give it time to heal before kissing. Kissing immediately after the injection may increase bruising, pain, and swelling due to the pressure.

Can I Kiss After the Lip Filler?

You can kiss after the filler, but it is recommended to do it gently. However, to make your fillers last longer and avoid complications, avoid interfering with the injected area for at least three days. Similarly, avoid wearing make-up and lipstick during the healing process.

Can I Bite My Lips After Fillers?

Biting may increase swelling, bruising, and pain. Handle your lip filler very carefully to allow it to heal fast and avoid any side effects.

What Can You Not Do After Lip Fillers?

Avoid using a rough brush or exfoliating agent for at least twenty-four hours. Also, avoid using straws for the first few hours after the procedure; the straw may pressure the lips. Alcohol and smoking after the treatment may also result in inflammation and dryness of the lips; this may irritate the lips.


Kissing after the lip fillers may result in swelling, bruising, infection, or migration of the lip filler. Kissing can also increase pain and discomfort. The migration of the lips, especially due to pressure from activities like kissing, could result in redoing of the fillers. Therefore, patients should avoid kissing during the healing process to reduce complications. While lip filling is relatively painless, it could lead to adverse effects if mishandled or conducted by a quack.


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Elena Ognivtseva