Lip fillers are a popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can enhance the shape and fullness of lips. As with any cosmetic treatment, proper aftercare is crucial for achieving optimal results and avoiding complications.
A common question patients have is whether they can or should use lip balm after getting lip filler injections.
Wait at least 24 hours (1 full day) before gently applying a simple, fragrance-free lip balm like Aquaphor. Wait 1 week for gloss, tinted balms, and lipstick.
While lip balm can provide moisture and protect delicate tissue, applying it too soon after injections can increase the risk of infection or irregularities in the filler.
In this post, we’ll provide a complete guide to lip filler aftercare, including when and how to use lip balm, what to eat, activity restrictions, and more tips to ensure your lips heal beautifully.
You risk infection or filler irregularities from applying lip products too soon. Follow your injector’s advice and wait 24 hours minimum for lip balm.
Use sterile saline spray or a saltwater soak if your lips are dry during the first 24 hours. Ice packs also soothe and hydrate swollen lips. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water as well.
Lip fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are injectable fillers made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally-occurring substance in the body that gives structure and volume to the skin. They are injected using a fine needle into specific areas of the lips to add fullness and definition.
Some of the benefits of lip fillers include:
Lip fillers produce subtle, natural-looking results when performed by a skilled injector like Dr. Soni. The procedure takes 15-30 minutes and results last 6-12 months before a touch-up is needed.
The aftercare period is critical for allowing lip fillers to properly integrate and the injection sites to heal. Here is a general timeline of what to expect and tips for each phase:
It’s normal to experience some swelling (edema), redness, and bruising around the injection sites and lips immediately after your treatment. To help minimize these side effects:
Avoid touching, massaging, or manipulating your lips for at least 6 hours after lip filler injections, as this can displace the HA filler.
Swelling may peak on the first day after your lip injection treatment. Continue applying ice packs on and off as needed. Elevate your head when resting.
It’s important to follow Dr. Soni’s eating instructions after lip filler injections:
This prevents excessive motion and pressure on the injection sites. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
You can gently cleanse your face using lukewarm water and a mild cleanser. Avoid getting water inside your mouth. Gently dab your lips dry, don’t rub.
Also avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours as this can increase swelling and bruising. Rest as much as possible.
Swelling and tenderness should gradually subside each day. Slowly reintroduce soft, chewable foods like eggs, yogurt, bananas. Use a mirror when eating and chew slowly on both sides.
You can ease back into light activity but avoid anything strenuous for one week. This includes:
Exposure to heat can worsen swelling after lip injections. Wear SPF 30+ daily. Sleep with your head elevated and avoid sleeping face-down.
Most visible swelling and bruising should be resolved within 5-7 days. You can gradually return to your normal diet, skincare, and activities at this point.
However, avoid these high-risk activities for 2 weeks post-injections:
Your lips may feel lumpy or firm during the second week as the filler integrates. This will smooth out as it settles. Avoid massaging your lips, which can cause bumps.
Your lips should look and feel natural by now with minimal residual swelling. At the 2-week mark, Dr. Soni typically schedules a follow-up visit to check your results.
This is a good chance to address any concerns, like asymmetry or irregularities. He may recommend a small touch-up injection if needed.
You can resume all normal activities at this point. Take care not to over-expose your lips to sun or extreme cold, which can damage the filler material.
Always avoid rubbing, picking, or peeling your lips as this can cause migration of the filler. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate away.
Dr. Soni recommends waiting a full 24 hours (1 day) after your lip filler appointment before applying any lip balms, ointments, or cosmetics.
Why the wait? Applying lip products too soon after injections increases the risk of:
After 24 hours, you can begin applying a simple lip balm like Aquaphor. Use a clean finger or Q-tip to gently dab it on. Avoid heavily fragranced, tingly balms as well as gloss or matte liquid lipsticks for one week.
Always wash hands thoroughly before touching your lips to prevent bacteria transfer.
If your lips feel dry during the first 24 hours, you can use a sterile saline spray or soak to provide moisture without directly applying products.
Follow these lip care tips during your recovery:
See Dr. Soni immediately if you experience severe swelling, redness, pain, fever or pus – this may indicate an infection or vascular occlusion, a rare but serious complication.
With proper aftercare overseen by our specialists at Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness, your lips will heal beautifully and you’ll be able to enjoy your plump, rejuvenated pout!
Schedule a consultation with us to determine if lip fillers are right for you. Our compassionate team provides exceptional skill and artistry so you can achieve your aesthetic goals.
Yes, plain Chapstick and Vaseline are fine to use after the initial 24 hour healing period. Avoid medicated balms that contain phenol, menthol, or citrus oils.
Wait one full week before applying lip liner, matte liquid lipstick, or any long-lasting lip color. The lip skin needs time to heal before makeup application.
Thick glosses and slippery formulas can migrate filler material during the initial healing phase. Stick to simple balms and gradually work up to glosses after one week.
Gently exfoliating with a wet washcloth is okay after 1 week. Avoid harsh lip scrubs or toothbrushes for at least 2 weeks post-injections to prevent damaging the treated tissue.
Avoid lip balms with phenol, menthol, eucalyptus, peppermint, citrus/lemon oils, and artificial flavors for 2 weeks after lip fillers. They may irritate.
Avoid kissing and oral contact for 2 weeks post-injections while your lips fully heal. Follow all of Dr. Soni’s aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of complications.
No drinking through straws or smoking for at least 2 weeks post-treatment. The suction motion can displace and disrupt freshly injected filler. Drink and eat slowly and carefully over the first few days.
Be sure to follow all of Dr. Soni’s recommended guidelines for using lip balm and caring for your lips after receiving lip filler injections. Proper aftercare ensures you heal quickly with beautiful, natural-looking results.
Contact our caring team at Ethos Aesthetics & Wellness today to learn more or schedule your lip filler consultation.