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Dos and Don’ts After Lip Fillers

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The dos and don’ts after lip fillers are crucial for a successful recovery, but are you aware of the surprising tips that can make a big difference?

Follow recommended aftercare guidelines for proper healing, including avoiding strenuous exercise and excessive sun exposure, keeping the lips hydrated, and not applying excessive pressure on the injection site.

How To Manage Pain After Getting Lip Fillers?

When managing pain after getting lip fillers, try to avoid medications like ibuprofen or aspirin, as they can thin the blood and complicate the healing process.

Instead, consider using an ice pack to reduce swelling and bruising.

Hydration is also essential for effective aftercare, so make sure to drink plenty of water.

If the pain is persistent, consult your doctor for suitable pain management options that won’t interfere with the healing of your lip fillers.

Always follow the recommended dosage and frequency for any pain medication and be mindful of potential side effects.

Bruising Treatment for Lip Fillers

A Woman Getting Lip Filler Treatment

Consider using aloe vera, vitamin K, or arnica creams to help reduce the discoloration. These creams have been shown to effectively reduce bruising caused by dermal fillers.

Apply the creams specifically to the bruises around the injection site and follow the instructions on the packaging for the best results. It’s important to monitor the bruising and consult with your healthcare professional if it worsens.

You can alleviate swelling and bruising by applying an ice pack to the affected area for short intervals. Staying hydrated is also crucial for the healing process, so be sure to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your healthcare professional.

Avoiding Other Procedures

Try to refrain from scheduling any other cosmetic treatments on or around your face for at least 2 weeks following your lip filler procedure. This includes facials, chemical peels, waxing, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments.

It’s essential to inform your healthcare professionals about any upcoming procedures before getting lip fillers. Giving your lips time to heal and recover before undergoing additional treatments is crucial for optimal results.

Following the aftercare instructions provided by your consultant is also important to minimize swelling and bruising. By avoiding other procedures and focusing on the recovery process after getting lip fillers, you can support the success of the procedure and promote your overall well-being.

Avoid Exposure to Hot Environments

Don’t expose your lips to high-temperature environments, such as saunas, steam rooms, or heated exercise sessions for up to 2 days after the procedure, as heat can exacerbate swelling and hinder the healing process. 

High temperatures can lead to increased blood flow, causing more swelling and potential bruising. Opt for cooler environments and activities to aid in the healing process. 

Don’t Drink Hot Beverages

Be cautious of hot beverages and excessive alcohol consumption as they can also impact your recovery. Follow any specific temperature-related instructions provided by your consultant for optimal recovery.

Aftercare InstructionsPotential ImpactTips
Avoid high temperaturesExacerbate swellingOpt for cooler environments
Be cautious of hot beveragesImpact recoveryDrink cool or lukewarm beverages
Follow specific instructionsOptimal recoveryConsult your consultant

Can I Drink Alcohol After Getting Lip Fillers?

No, drinking alcohol too soon after the procedure can increase swelling and inflammation in the lips. The blood vessels may dilate when consuming alcohol, which can irritate the treated area that is still healing. So best to wait a few days before consuming alcohol.

How Long Should I Wait to Exercise After Getting Lip Fillers?

After getting lip fillers, it’s best to avoid vigorous exercise for 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising and aid in your recovery. Here are some aftercare tips for post-filler exercise:

  1. Light Activities: Engage in light activities or gentle stretching instead of intense workouts to aid in your recovery.
  2. Consult with Professional: Consult with your healthcare professional for specific exercise recommendations post lip fillers.
  3. Recovery Time: Give your body time to recover and avoid physical strain on the lips.
  4. Follow Instructions: Follow any specific exercise-related instructions provided by your consultant.

Remember to stay hydrated and avoid blood thinners to help reduce swelling and bruising.

What Sleeping Position is Best After Lip Fillers?

A Woman Getting Lip Filler Treatment

It’s recommended to sleep on your back and avoid lying on your front to prevent putting pressure on the lips.

Maintaining an elevated head position for a few nights after the procedure can aid in a smoother recovery.

Proper Head Elevation

Proper head elevation is crucial in minimizing swelling and bruising post-procedure. Follow these aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing:

  1. Use extra pillows to elevate your head while sleeping to reduce swelling in the lips.
  2. Sleeping on your back is recommended, while lying on your front isn’t advised to avoid putting pressure on the lips.
  3. Maintain an elevated head position for a few nights after the procedure to aid in the healing process.
  4. Avoid sleeping on your face or putting direct pressure on the lips for 24 hours after the lip filler procedure.

How Should I Sleep After Lip Fillers?

To minimize pressure on your lips after getting lip fillers, it’s best to avoid sleeping on your side and opt for lying on your back instead. 

This precaution helps reduce the risk of swelling and bruising, allowing the filler to settle evenly. Using extra pillows to elevate your head while sleeping can further alleviate swelling in the lips. 

Side Sleeping CautionSwelling and BruisingAvoid Drinking
Opt for lying on your backMinimize potential strain on the lipsAvoid drinking through a straw
Use extra pillows to elevate your headReduce swelling in the lipsPrevent unnecessary pressure on the lips
Be cautious and gentleEnsure the filler settles evenlyInterfere with the healing process
Follow specific sleeping position-related instructionsSupport optimal recovery

Hydrate Often

Proper hydration is essential for maximizing the benefits of your lip filler treatment. After your lip filler treatment, maintaining proper hydration is crucial for optimal results and overall skin health. Here are some tips for lip filler aftercare instructions:

  1. Drink plenty of water: Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers draw in water and lock in moisture, so increasing your water intake can aid in the plumping effect of the filler.
  2. Apply an ice pack: If you experience minor side effects such as swelling or bruising, applying an ice pack can help reduce them and keep your lips hydrated.
  3. Use hydrating lip products: Keep your lips moisturized with hydrating lip balms or serums to maintain skin hydration.
  4. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol: These can dehydrate your body and skin, so limit your consumption to maintain proper hydration.

What Foods Should I Avoid After Getting Lip Fillers?

Avoid very salty or spicy foods that may cause discomfort. Opt for soft, easy-to-chew foods in the first few days after lip fillers to prevent irritation. 

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but skip the straw to prevent strain on the lips. Incorporate hydrating fruits and vegetables into your diet, as they can aid in reducing swelling. Consider using ice to alleviate any swelling or bruising.

Consuming foods rich in vitamins and nutrients can promote the healing process. Remember to limit alcohol intake for at least 24 hours post lip fillers to reduce dehydration and bruising.

Following these dietary considerations can aid in a smoother recovery after lip augmentation.

How To Reduce Swelling After Getting Lip Fillers?

  1. Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the lip area. Ice helps reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels. Gently apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the lips for 10 minutes at a time.
  2. Keep the area clean and avoid touching or puckering your lips. This prevents irritation and allows the lips to heal.
  3. Elevate your head while sleeping. This gravity helps drain fluid and reduce swelling.
  4. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication as recommended by your doctor. Antihistamines have also been shown to help with some swelling.
  5. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated supports the healing process.
  6. Avoid strenuous activity and routine dental work for 1-2 days after fillers. This minimizes risk of trauma or irritation to the lips as they heal.
  7. Apply these cold/heat treatments and follow the other aftercare advice provided by your doctor or the clinician who performed the lip fillers. Seeking proper medical advice is important for healing and reducing swelling safely.

Can I Wear Makeup Immediately After Getting Lip Fillers?

It is generally recommended to wait at least 24 hours after getting lip fillers before wearing makeup on your lips. 

This is because the lips will be swollen and sensitive immediately after the procedure as they are healing. Applying makeup too soon can irritate the skin and slow down the healing process.

However, it is okay to wear makeup on the rest of your face right away if desired. Just avoid applying any products directly onto the lips for at least a day. Some additional tips include:

  • Use gentle makeup removal to clean the lips before bed for the first few nights to remove any dead skin or debris and keep the area clean while healing.
  • Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or other gentle lip balm to the lips to keep them moisturized as they heal. This can help reduce discomfort.
  • Be very gentle when applying lip balm or cream. Massage it lightly onto the lips instead of rubbing.
  • Wait for any swelling or bruising to go down before wearing bold lip colors. Stick to subtle shades at first.

Professional Consultation

A Woman Getting Lip Filler Treatment

When preparing for your professional consultation, it’s crucial to undergo a pre-fillers assessment and gather any relevant medical history to share with the practitioner.

Seeking an expert opinion is important as it allows you to discuss the longevity, natural-looking results, reversibility, potential risks, and complications of the lip filler procedure.

Make sure to come prepared with any questions or concerns you may have about the process.

Pre-Fillers Assessment

Schedule a professional consultation with a qualified injector or plastic surgeon. During this pre-fillers assessment, you should discuss your desired outcome, allergies, and any medical conditions that may impact the treatment. 

Review before and after photos of previous patients to evaluate the injector’s skill and aesthetic style. Consider the longevity, natural-looking results, and reversibility of different types of fillers. 

It’s important that the injector provides specific aftercare instructions and addresses any concerns or questions you may have.

  • Discuss your desired outcome, allergies, and medical conditions that may affect the treatment.
  • Review before and after photos of previous patients to assess the injector’s skill and aesthetic style.
  • Consider factors such as longevity, natural-looking results, and reversibility of different types of fillers.
  • Ensure that the injector provides specific aftercare instructions and addresses any concerns or questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Not to Do After Having Lip Filler?

After having lip filler, don’t rub or massage your lips, avoid hot baths and excessive exercise, refrain from hot beverages and excessive alcohol, don’t apply pressure or sleep on your front, and avoid lip makeup for 24 hours.

How Long After Lip Filler Can I Eat?

You can eat as soon as the numbing wears off after lip fillers. Stick to soft foods and avoid using a straw. Drink lots of water and skip alcohol for 24 hours. Avoid very salty or spicy foods for a few days.

Are There Any Restrictions After Getting Lip Filler?

After getting lip fillers, avoid pressure on your lips for 24 hours. Skip using a straw and be gentle while brushing. Apply ice to reduce swelling and skip lipstick or lip balm for a day. Avoid high heat for 2 days.


Proper pain management, bruising treatment, and avoiding certain activities will help ensure the best results.

Remember to stay hydrated, follow the aftercare instructions, and consult with a professional for any concerns.

By taking these steps, you can help minimize discomfort and achieve the desired outcome from your lip filler procedure.

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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