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Pump the Brakes Post-Injections: Why You Should Rest After Lip Fillers

So you finally took the plunge and got those lip fillers you’ve been dreaming about, and now you’ve got a plump, pillowy pout to show off! 

But before you head back to the gym to sweat it out like normal, it’s important to give your freshly-filled lips a little TLC after the procedure.

We get it, sticking to your regular workout routine gives you that productive rush of endorphins. But hold your horses for just a day or two! Intense exercise too soon after lip injections can actually do more harm than good

Think of your lips like a delicate little baby that needs time to grow and develop properly. Exercising vigorously right off the bat can potentially shift that filler all around and send recovery off the rails!

What You Need to Know

Here’s the deal – pumping iron and racing on the treadmill increases your blood flow and heart rate, which can lead to more pronounced swelling, bruising, and discomfort. 

Not to mention sweating buckets isn’t exactly ideal when you’ve got fresh injection sites on your lips! It’s like taking a newborn on a rollercoaster – probably not the best plan. Let your lips adjust to their new filler inhabitants before shocking the system.

So enjoy a brief Netflix binge instead of HIIT training, and hold off on marathon running for just a couple days. We know taking it easy can feel torturous for exercise lovers! But trust us, giving your lips proper time to heal will help you flaunt that fabulous new pucker even sooner. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to lip filler aftercare.

Tailoring Your Post-Treatment Routine: Tips for Exercising After Lip Fillers

Alright, so you made it through the first day or two of recovery after your lip filler appointment. The swelling has started to subside, and you’ve binged your share of TV shows. Now you’re probably wondering: when can I finally work out again?

Returning to exercise after lip fillers requires a personalized approach based on several factors. There’s no universal timeframe, so check with your provider about when they recommend resuming your normal activities.

In general, slower-paced cardio like walking or leisurely biking is fine to integrate back in after just 24 hours of rest. But more intense exercises like HIIT workouts, weight lifting, or playing sports may need a few extra days of recovery. Why? Anything strenuous ramps up blood flow, body heat, and facial movements – all things that can shift filler around or aggravate swelling.

Your provider will take into account things like:

  • The locations you had injected – the lips vs areas like the smile lines
  • How much filler you received at once
  • Your typical exercise habits – are you a casual yogi or hardcore bodybuilder?

With this information, they can guide you on easing back into your fitness regimen in a strategic way. Don’t override their advice with a rapid return to intense workouts – a few days of patience pays off!

Most importantly, listen to your body as you resume exercising. Scale things back if you notice increased swelling, tenderness, or changes to your results. And consider scheduling a follow-up appointment to have your provider check in on your progress. With a customized approach, you’ll be ready to slay those burpees and deadlifts in no time!

FAQs: Exercising After Lip Fillers

When can I resume strenuous exercise after lip filler injections?

It’s best to avoid strenuous exercise like weight lifting or high-intensity interval training for at least 24-48 hours after lip filler injections. Such physical activity can increase blood pressure and circulation, causing more swelling or impacting the placement of the dermal filler.

Will exercise diminish or dissipate my lip filler results?

In most cases, consistent exercise should not dramatically affect the longevity of lip filler results from hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane. However, increased blood flow from intense workouts may cause some types of filler to metabolize faster.

Should I avoid making extreme facial expressions when working out after lip fillers?

Yes, limit excessive facial muscle movements like squinting or frowning during exercise in the first few days after treatment. Too much contraction of facial muscles can potentially displace the dermal filler injections and impact your desired look.

Will applying an ice pack after my workout help preserve my lip filler results?

Using an ice pack for 10-15 minutes after higher intensity exercise can constrict blood vessels and reduce circulation to help maintain the placement of the filler. This helps limit inflammation and swelling.

When can I resume my full facial exercise routine after lip fillers?

Avoid extensive facial movements and exercises for at least 3-5 days post-treatment. This allows time for the dermal filler to properly integrate within the delicate lip tissues before being manipulated and displaced.

Back to Your Routine: Exercising After Lip Fillers

Let’s recap everything you need to keep in mind when easing back into exercise after those new lip fillers:

  • Rest up for at least 24-48 hours before resuming any strenuous workouts. Let the swelling and tenderness subside.
  • Consult your provider on an appropriate time frame before jumping back into intense training. Don’t override their advice.
  • Gradually reintroduce exercise over several days, listening to your body’s cues. Scale back if you experience discomfort.
  • Stay vigilant about hydration, SPF, and avoiding pressure on your lips during workouts.
  • Schedule occasional maintenance appointments to preserve that plump, youthful pout.
  • Most importantly, be patient with the process! Proper healing now means enjoying your results for the long run.

With a smart, cautious approach, your new lips and fitness routine can live in perfect harmony together. And over time, those subtle enhancements will start to feel like your normal lip shape. Just focus on watching for signs of complications.

Sure, sitting still after an exciting cosmetic treatment may feel unnatural at first. But consider it an opportunity to practice mindfulness and self-care. 

So put your feet up, get the Netflix queued, and let yourself recover properly. Your rejuvenated lips will be primed for all those post-workout selfies before you know it!

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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