The Ultimate Guide To Lip Filler Aftercare: What To Expect And How To Aid Recovery

Lip fillers can add volume, definition and balance to your lips. Our medically trained Doctors and Nurses specialise in creating natural, contoured, shapely lips, enhancing your unique beauty. 

But after you’ve taken the plunge and had your lips filled, what effects should you expect to experience, and what are the best lip filler aftercare tips? 

Read on to find out all about them. 

What You Should Expect From the Treatment & What You Shouldn’t  

The lip filler procedure will only take a few minutes and is minimally invasive, but you could expect a few minor side effects. 

Following the procedure, your lips will initially appear swollen, and you might notice some redness or a sensation of burning at the injection site. The lip filler swelling timeline goes something like this:

During the first two days, you might feel anxious because your lips will be swollen; this is a brief stage that will pass. 

By the third and fourth day, you will probably see bruises form, and you may notice lumps on your lips. Don’t worry; this will go away too! 

After a whole week, the bruising and lumps will have disappeared, and after two weeks, all swelling should disappear. This is when you will finally see the results of your enhanced lips. 

So the lip filler swelling timeline lasts for 14 days at most. If any of these symptoms persist after this, get in touch with us straight away. 

You already know how we feel about safety here at DestinationSkin – safety is our standard.  Our fillers are made with hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance found in our bodies – and our medically trained Doctors and our board-certified medical lip filler injectors, with almost 20 years of clinical experience, specialise in creating natural-looking results professionally. 

But if you notice any of the following :

  • excessive bleeding, 
  • excessive bruising and swelling, 
  • lip asymmetry where the injection has not even been placed, 
  • lip bumps or irregularities

You should contact us immediately or, if we are not available, this is when to see a doctor. 

Read our whole blog here for everything you need to know and more about getting lip fillers. 

Aftercare Tips to Help You Have the Best Results

After lip fillers, there is a lot you can do to make the healing process smoother. Here are our top tips for lip filler aftercare. 

  • You can apply ice to your lips to ease any swelling, itching or bruising. Remember not to put the ice directly onto your skin (it might stick!), use an ice pack or ice cubes wrapped in a cloth. 
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for one or two days. Exercise can raise your blood pressure which can make swelling or bruising worse. 
  • Make sure you stay hydrated! Water helps your body heal faster. Derma filler relies on drawing water to the cells. Staying hydrated will help you to get the full effects of the procedure. You can also eat fruits that increase your hydration, like watermelon, strawberries, peaches or oranges. 
  • Try to avoid too much salt or sodium, as this can contribute to swelling. 
  • Avoid makeup for at least 24 hours after having the procedure and give exfoliating a miss too. 
  • Avoid going somewhere with very high temperatures, like a sauna or hot yoga, for 48 hours afterwards. Don’t have a very hot bath either. High heat can also affect swelling. 
  • Take painkillers. Check with your GP or ask at the clinic for the best pain relief to aid recovery. 
  • Try sleeping with your head elevated on extra pillows and, of course, don’t fall asleep face down.
  • Don’t fly for at least two weeks after having your lips filled. It can lead to adverse reactions for some people. 
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours too and smoking, if you can. 

Although you should avoid a facial massage for at least two weeks, you can use a gentle massage to encourage healing. If you’re at all worried about this, it’s not essential, but if you feel confident, you can try gently pressing your lips between your thumbs and for fingers and roll your lips between them. 

You can start massaging your lips 2 to 3 days after having a lip injection. Again, if you have any doubts, queries or questions, ask at the clinic when you have your procedure. 

See our visual guide here to know which kinds of lip fillers are best for your face shape. 

Key Takeaways 

  • Lip fillers are an injection of hyaluronic acid, commonly used in skincare products. 
  • Lip filler aftercare can help a smooth and successful process.
  • Some swelling and bruising are completely normal after having fillers.
  • The usual timeline for healing from the procedure is two weeks.
  • If your bruising, swelling and redness don’t start to disappear within this timeline, it’s best to contact us or your GP.
  • There are lots of easy steps you can take yourself to ensure optimal healing and results. 

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