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When Does the Swelling Go Down After Lip Fillers?

Many benefits are associated with lip filler injections that eventually give the desired outcome to the patient. The patient may experience some side effects during recovery, but it is normal. This article focuses on swelling as a side effect of fillers, how to reduce swelling, and the benefits of fillers.

The number of people who begin the journey to make their lips plumper and fuller is increasing daily. The use of fillers is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of lips. The fillers are injections that involve placing fillers into the lips. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most commonly used lip fillers. It is naturally available, perfectly safe, and causes no allergic reactions. As we age, collagen breaks down, reducing the volume beneath the skin. Adding lip fillers helps to add volume and define and shape the lips. Good lips improve the appearance of the face; therefore, many people appreciate the benefits of using lip fillers.

As much as we appreciate the benefits of lip fillers, we should know that lip filler injections may bring some side effects. These side effects are normal and should not worry you since they disappear a few days after the procedure is done. According to Ciancio et al. (2018), these side effects include temporary redness, bruising, and swelling. Some patients report more swelling on the first day after injection. Swelling should reduce 2 to 3 days after injection and disappear entirely by the fourth day. To some, this situation may continue up to the fourth week.

Lip Filler Swelling Stages

Day One

Most of the swelling should subside after the first day.

On the Second Day

Swelling will significantly reduce, and the lips will begin to show the effects of the filler.

By the Third Day

The bulk of the pain should be gone, and the primary swelling will have subsided.

By the Fourth Day

All swelling and pain should have subsided. The effects of the filler will have significantly increased on day four. Also, the lips will have returned to normalcy. The patient at this stage can eat comfortably. Additional skin treatments can be done after the fourth day.

The lips almost show the outcome after day four. If the customer does not like their appearance, they can book an appointment to have the lips treated again.

Swelling may appear a few months after injection as a result of the following:

· Late inflammation because of hyaluronic acid. It can occur 4-5 months after injection, but rare cases can occur after 14 months. Inflammation can be treated with oral steroids.

· Lip filler lumps. According to Bhojani-Lynch (2017), large lumps may result from allergic reactions. The patients should visit a cosmetic doctor in case of complications like an allergy. They can be caused by lousy injection techniques or the wrong lip filler product.

· Edema. According to Funt& Pavicic (2013), edema occurs when a large amount of fluid builds around a tissue or cell. It can be removed by gentle massage.

Uneven Swelling After Lip Fillers

Mundada et al. (2017) stated that high-viscosity fillers can cause uneven swelling. High-viscosity fillers cannot be accurately injected into the intended area, causing bumps. It can also be caused by poor injection technique of the cosmetic doctor. If the cosmetic doctor removes the needle and continues injecting the acid simultaneously, the acid can end up being placed at the outer part of the lips, causing uneven swelling.

What Helps to Reduce Swelling After Lip Fillers?

Various tips can be used to reduce swelling on lips as follows:

· Drink plenty of water; this hydrates your body and makes the fluid in the body flow rather than remain in the same place, which would cause swelling.

· Avoid vigorous exercise that would increase the blood flow rate in the body.

· Avoid taking drinks using a straw; straw can cause pressure on the lips.

· Avoid taking alcohol two days after lip filler injection.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Recovery from Lip Filler Injection Is Fast

After the lip filler injection, the patient can resume daily activities immediately. However, caution should be taken to avoid interference with the settling process of the filler; unnecessary pressure makes the fillers spread out from the area of injection to unwanted parts.

Side Effects Are Few

The chances of getting complicated side effects are minimal, especially if the cosmetic doctor who does the injection is well-qualified. Patients must discuss their medical history and allergies with the cosmetic doctor to choose suitable filler.

Filler’s Effect Can Be Seen Gradually

Fillers can be added to the lips after some time; that way, their effect on the lips can be maintained and improved. Gradually adding fillers ensures that areas of the lips that need more attention can be attended to help improve the final appearance.

Natural Fullness

Since hyaluronic acid is available in the body, it naturally affects the lips when used as filler. It also causes less bruising with little or no allergic reaction to the lips.

Enhance the Appearance

Lip fillers add volume to the lips, making the patient look younger. The addition of filler helps shape the lips, improving the facial appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Fillers

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?

Lip fillers are not permanent; they dissolve naturally with time. They last between 3 to 12 months after treatment.

How Often Does One Need to Get Lip Injections?

A lip filler treatment can be done once or gradually until you receive the desired result. Most patients touch up after every 6 months. However, this comes down to how much you are willing to spend and what kind of look you want to achieve.

Are Lip Injections Painful?

The Lip injection procedure is not painful. A numbing cream is applied on the lips a few minutes before the treatment, so you do not experience pain during the procedure.


The outcome of the lips after filler dramatically relies on the administration technique into the lip. The cosmetic doctor chooses the right filler type, especially after going through the patient’s medical history. Hence, choose a qualified cosmetic doctor who understands the anatomy of the face. The patient should go through all possible lip filler administration techniques with the help of the cosmetic doctor and eventually consider the one recommended by the doctor. Anyone can decide to get lip fillers. Most of those who have undergone the procedure have an excellent facial appearance and a youthful look.


Bhojani-Lynch, T. (2017). Late-onset inflammatory response to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 5(12).

Ciancio, F., Tarico, M. S., Giudice, G., & Perrotta, R. E. (2018). Early hyaluronidase use in preventing skin necrosis after treatment with dermal fillers: Report of two cases. F1000Research7.

Funt, D., & Pavicic, T. (2013). Dermal fillers in aesthetics: an overview of adverse events and treatment approaches. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 6, 295.

Mundada, P., Kohler, R., Boudabbous, S., ToutousTrellu, L., Platon, A., & Becker, M. (2017). Injectable facial fillers: imaging features, complications, and diagnostic pitfalls at MRI and PET CT. Insights into imaging, 8(6), 557-572.