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Why Do My Lip Fillers Look Bigger in the Morning?

Lip fillers look bigger in the morning because of swelling and accumulation of filler residue at the injection point. Swelling is normal after fillers, but it should not last more than two weeks. The lips will look normal once the fillers have settled. This article explains why lip fillers look bigger in the morning.

Lip filler help to plump thin lips, and redefine lip lines and borders. A cosmetic doctor or aesthetic practitioner does lip fillers. The common side effects of lip fillers are bruising, swelling, and slight pain. The effects subside after a few days. One’s lips can appear swollen or fuller because of the fillers and bruising. Swelling can be alarming if it lasts longer than a week, and one should see a cosmetic doctor. The filler can remove filler if it is a complication which is not commonwith lip fillers.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are injectable gels injected into lips tissues to plump thin lips and redefine lip lines and borders for cosmetic purposes. Lip fillers can also help reconstruct scars on the lips due to injury or inborn asymmetries. Age or medical conditions and treatment can make facial features less pronounced. Skin ageing results from collagen and elastin loss,causing wrinkles and skin sagging. On the other hand, medical conditions and treatment can cause volume wastage. Hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, and polyalkylimide are examples of lip fillers.

Why Do Lip Fillers Look Bigger in the Morning?

After lip fillers, expect slight swelling lasting at least a week or two. Swelling beyond two weeks is rare, and one should contact their cosmetic doctor. Lip filler appears bigger in the morning because of residual swelling from the injected filler. During the day, gravity pulls the bulge, but at night one is lying flat, which makes the swelling accumulate in the area of swelling. According to Buttaravoli& Leffler (2014), the extent of bruising can contribute to swelling.Taking salty foods will also contribute to lip fillers swelling in the morning.

 Procedure for Lip Fillers

At the clinic, the cosmetic doctor will examine your lips and mark injection points; this will help to determine the results. Lip filler results differ depending on the type of filler and the cosmetic doctor. The cosmetic doctor sterilises the marked area before administering a numbing cream or injection. One will feel some discomfort, but the process is not painful. Then, the cosmetic doctor will inject the marked skin areas with a filler of one’s choice and massage to align the fillers. After injection, expect some swelling, bruising, and slight pain. The lips will look stiff and fuller for a week or two.

Side Effects and Complications of Lip Fillers

Diwan et al. (2020)stated that lip fillers are safe; they have minor side effects like bruising, swelling, and pain. They can minimise these side effects by avoiding thinning medications a week before and 48 hours after lip fillers. Thinning pills make it hard for blood to clot. According to Ulakov et al. (2021), one can also use anti-inflammatory creams to help with swelling like arnica. Lip filler complications are rare but can occur if the cosmetic doctor is inexperienced and unqualified. Some lip filler complications include infection, asymmetry, allergic reaction, and discolouration.One can avoid such complications by buying lip fillers and doing them in a hospital or clinic with a qualified and experienced cosmetic doctor or an aesthetic practitioner.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Lip Fillers Have No Downtime

Lip fillers have immediate results;one can notice the changes on their lips after injection. Lips with fillers look stiff and fuller. The lips will look natural once the fillers have settled. Fillers take two to three weeks to settle.

Lip Fillers Have Minimal Risks

Lip fillers are safe with minor side effects. Complications like infection and asymmetry are rare when a cosmetic doctor does lip fillers.

Lip Fillers Enhance Facial Features

Lips can become less prominent as one ages or due to accidents. Filling the lips with lip fillers will enhance the prominence of the lips. One can also plump the lips if they are naturally tinny.

Lip Fillers Can Stimulate Collagen Production

According to Cabral et al. (2020),fillers with hyaluronic acid can trigger collagen production. The effect of collagen is not immediate, but it is noticed after two to three weeks. Collagen is crucial for skin structure; thus, one will see fewer wrinkles.Deshmukh et al. (2016) stated that smooth skin will give an individual a youthful look.

How Long Do Lip Fillers Last

Lip fillers last three to six months, depending on the type of filler. Metabolism, the amount of filler, and lifestyle will determine how long the lip fillers will last. Contraction of lips due to smoking can speed up the rate of fillers wear off. A person can maintain lip fillers by redoing the fillers after a few months, like a month or two after lip fillers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

What to Do Before Lip Filler?

  • Avoid taking alcohol and thinning medications. People should inform their cosmetic doctor if they are on prescribed thinning pills.
  • Do not wear makeup during the consultation or use hair removal creams on the treatment areas.

What to Do After Lip Fillers?

  • Avoid using hard soap on your face for at least weeks.
  • Avoid exercising, heat, or heavy lifting for at least 48 hours.
  • Do not exert pressure on the lips, like kissing or applying lipstick, for at least 48 hours after lip fillers.

What Is the Cost of Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers cost £100 to £350, depending on the type of filler per syringe. The cost of doing fillers depends on the cosmetic doctor’s experience, the number of injections, and the complexity of the injection.


Lip fillers appear bigger in the morning because of swelling, and the fillers are not yet settled. The swelling will last at least a week,but more than two is uncommon, and one should see their cosmetic doctor immediately. Swelling in the morning can also be due to salty foods and the extent of bruising. One can reduce the swelling or bruise by avoiding alcohol and thinning pills before and after lip fillers. Lip fillers can last for three to six months, depending on the type of filler used; your lifestyle also determines how long the fillers will last.


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Monika Wasserman