Lip Filler Aftercare

Injections then “Now What?”: Lip Filler Aftercare and Expectations

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Thanks to modern lip fillers, you can achieve the perfect plump pout in just a few minutes. Right after the minimally invasive procedure, you might have tenderness, swelling, and bruising, which are common side effects.

An aftercare routine promotes a smooth recovery after a perfect pout procedure. If you still have uncertainties about getting lip fillers, however, learning more about what to expect after the procedure and aftercare might give you peace of mind.

When Can You See the Final Look?

Like the procedure itself, you can immediately see the results of your lip injections. But once the swelling subsides, the results will not appear as pronounced. Typically, it takes about a month for the fillers to settle in and display your final and desired look. The results last about six months.

Typical Aftercare Routine

  • Since your lips will be bruised or swollen, apply ice to your lips after the procedure. Use an ice pack or ice cubes covered in cloth (so that they won’t stick and cause pain). The ice helps with the itching, swelling, and bruising.
  • Avoid strenuous exercises for 24 to 28 hours after you receive the injections. Elevated heart rate and blood pressure from a workout can worsen the bruising or swelling. Ask your doctor if you can take Arnica for bruising. Engage in lighter exercises such as walking.
  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps your body heal.
  • If you’re getting lip fillers for a specific occasion, make sure you leave plenty of room in between your procedure and the event you’re attending so your lips can recover adequately.
  • Ask your doctors which painkillers are OK to take after your treatment. Tylenol is often recommended. Steer clear from blood-thinning medication like ibuprofen.
  • Avoid wearing makeup on your lips for up to one day.

What Should You Avoid?

To guarantee the results of your lip fillers, your doctor will recommend avoiding the following after your procedure:

  • Smoking increases your risk of infection, so avoid smoking immediately after getting your lip fillers. Avoid being around others who smoke, as well, as they can also increase the risk.
  • Drinking alcohol should be avoided, too. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, which can cause inflammation, as well as increase the likelihood of bruising and swelling.
  • Doctors often discourage patients from flying immediately after a procedure. The pressure in the plane can worsen the swelling and bruising. Wait at least a week before you fly.

When Should You See the Doctor Again?

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As mentioned, minor side effects are typical, but you should see a doctor if you experience the following complications:

  • Vascular occlusion. It happens when the filler is injected around or into the artery, which reduces or stops the blood flow. Without an adequate blood supply, the surrounding tissue and skin will die.
  • Intense bruising or swelling. Allergies and hyaluronic acid reactions possible.
  • Cold sores. Dermal fillers can trigger an outbreak of cold sores, which requires antiviral treatment.

Lip filler injections require manageable aftercare. Always seek help from your doctor to ensure a smooth recovery.

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