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When Does Swelling from Lip Fillers Go Down?

Lip fillers are considered safe and have minimal side effects; however, some side effects and complications may occur. This article highlights when the swelling occurs and stops, why it occurs, and frequently asked questions on lip fillers. 

Lip fillers can cause inflammation and swelling in the lips. The popular non-surgical injectables treat wrinkles, slow aging, stimulate collagen production, and add volume to the lips. While dermal filler injections are a frequent and safe procedure, they often result in some swelling. Normal swelling is a common side effect of injectable fillers, which subsides after a while. Swelling is not always immediate after therapy, but it may occur up to two weeks afterward. Let your anesthetic doctor know if you swelled a month following your treatment.

When Does the Swelling Stop?

According to Van Wicklin (2022), swelling associated with lip fillers often subsides within 14 days. You may notice a reduction in the size of your lips; this is when you will see real results. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor promptly if this problem continues. Two weeks after receiving soft tissue filler, patients will have adjusted to their new normal. 

When Getting Lip Fillers, Is It Common to Have Extreme Swelling?

Injecting lip filler may cause significant swelling over the first two days. However, by day 4, the puffiness should have decreased. If you still have significant swelling three or four days after treatment, you should make an appointment with your anesthetic doctor; such swelling is not normal.

Why Does the Swelling Occur?

According to Cunha et al. (2018), swelling is a response to many surgical procedures. Most patients experience swelling after undergoing a hair transplant, for instance. Every time your skin is injured, the body sends fluid and white blood cells, which is why lip swelling happens every time. Skin damage causes inflammation. Inflammation will develop due to the lip injections’ potential to induce bruising and bleeding beneath the skin. The chemical used in lip filler combines with water already present beneath the skin. It is natural for this to happen while the body repairs itself. Worrying about it is unnecessary. However, if you see anything out of the ordinary, make an appointment with your cosmetic doctor.

How Can I Decrease the Puffiness Around My Lips After Getting Fillers?

If you must wipe the sore lips, use a soft cloth and avoid anything that can stick to the lips. Discuss with your doctor if you need to take pain medication. In most cases, some common painkillers are blood thinners which may slow the healing and increase bruising. According to Goyal et al. (2022), arnica lotion and over-the-counter antihistamines effectively reduce bruises. After the procedure, it is essential to replenish your body with nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables and plenty of water. If your lips are sensitive, avoid salty or spicy meals. Drink plenty of water and eat healthily to speed up recovery. One possible solution is to sleep with one’s head up at night to alleviate pressure on the neck and prevent swelling. When possible, avoid sleeping on your face.

After Getting Lip Filler, Is It Safe to Kiss?

After getting lip filler, you should take some time off to recover. Wait 48 hours before engaging in activities like kissing after getting lip injections. Lip soreness, swelling, and bruising can lead to intense pressure during a kiss. Introducing microorganisms to the injector sites is another way kissing raises the risk of infection. Other actions which may pose the same include; using a straw for drinking, sleeping on one’s face, massaging the face, or undergoing dental treatments. After obtaining lip fillers, refrain from doing anything that might potentially irritate or cause more damage to your face.

Is It Safe to Work out After Getting Lip Fillers?

Generally, it would help if you waited at least 24 hours after treatment before engaging in vigorous physical activity, taking a hot shower, or using a sauna. According to Murphy (2021), the swelling, bruising, and pain might worsen with increased physical exertion and hot temperatures. Your chance of developing an infection at the injection sites is doubled if you sweat much and allow germs to enter the body via your lips. Dehydration is another potential side effect of sweating, so it is important to replenish lost fluids by drinking plenty of water. After obtaining lip fillers, if you really must exercise, do something mild, like walking for the first couple of days. Avoid the heat by working out at cooler times.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fillers

What Is the Recommended Dosage of Lip Filler?

Clients’ cosmetic objectives influence the volume of dermal filler needed; the degree to which your lips are thin determines how you need to enlarge them.

If You Have Lip Fillers, Would Your Smile Seem Different?

Yes. If your doctor injects dermal fillers into the parenthesis lines of your mouth, it might change the appearance of your smile after lip injections. 


Before your doctor injects lip fillers into your lips, they should sit down with you and go through any adverse reactions and post-procedure care. If you are considering lip fillers for a particular occasion, it is crucial to remember that they will first swell, securing the procedure early enough to allow them to heal. Do research on the procedure before committing to having it done. Injectable fillers have minimal side effects. However, they may cause serious harm to the blood vessels if blood flow is obstructed. Although some clients may not like the more prominent appearance of their lips, others may welcome the change. If you are unhappy with the final results, ask your cosmetic doctor to dissolve the fillers using a painless injection.


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