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The Settling Period: A Week-by-Week Guide

Thinking about adding some extra volume to your lips with dermal fillers? You’re not alone. Lip fillers are a popular way to get that plump pout you’ve always wanted. But one question that often pops up is, “How long does it take for lip fillers to settle?

In this article, we’re going to give you all the answers. We’ll explain what lip fillers are, tell you how the procedure works, and walk you through the timeline from the first injection to when you can expect your dermal fillers to settle. Plus, we’ll share some top tips to take care of your new lips and keep them looking great for longer.

Lip Fillers: What You Need to Know

Lip fillers are treatments that give your lips a fuller look. Think of them like a quick little makeover for your lips. They can make your lips look bigger, fix any unevenness, or simply give older lips a youthful boost.

This lip filler treatment uses a special dermal filler, which a doctor or nurse injects into your lips.

This gel often contains something called hyaluronic acid filler, which sounds scary, but it’s actually something your body makes naturally. This acid is a bit like a sponge for water, helping your lips stay moisturized and plump.

Don’t worry, the treatment doesn’t take long, usually less than an hour, and you’ll see the changes right away.

But remember, everyone’s different! How much fuller you want your lips, the type of filler used, and how your body reacts can change your results.

Getting Lip Filler Injections: A Simple Guide

Want to know what happens during a lip filler procedure? You’re in the right place!

In this section, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of enhancing your lips through fillers.

Don’t worry, we’ve made sure to keep things straightforward and easy to understand. So, buckle up, and let’s begin this exciting journey to fuller lips!

Stage 1: Consulting Time

Before you start the dermal filler treatment, you’ll sit down with a doctor who specializes in lip fillers.

They’ll explain what you can and can’t achieve with this treatment and answer all your queries. They’ll also assess if lip fillers are the best fit for you.

Stage 2: Prepping Your Lips

Once you’re approved for the procedure, we’ll get you ready for the treatment. A numbing cream will be applied to your lips to reduce any discomfort.

So, even though the procedure involves needles, it’ll be a breeze!

Stage 3: Time for the Lip Injections

Now comes the exciting part. The doctor will inject the filler into your lips, tailoring the amount based on the results you want.

This procedure is really quick, wrapping up in less than an hour.

Stage 4: Hello, Fuller Lips

As soon as the treatment is done, you’ll see a noticeable change – plumper, fuller lips.

They might feel a bit swollen at first, but that’s part of the process. It can take up to two weeks for the filler to settle and your lips to feel natural again.

Remember, throughout this journey, you’re under the care of professionals dedicated to helping you achieve the look you want.

The Journey of Lip Fillers: When Do They Settle?

Navigating the timeline for lip filler settling can feel like stepping into uncharted territory. It’s not a one-size-fits-all process and varies from person to person, influenced by factors such as the type of filler used and individual reactions.

Let’s take a gentle stroll through this timeline to understand what typically happens:

Day 0: The Immediate Aftermath

Fresh out of the treatment, your lips may appear slightly lopsided, with the upper lip potentially protruding more than the lower one. Remember, this is just a stage and it’s entirely temporary!

The Next 1-2 Days: A Time of Transition

In the first few days following the treatment, you might encounter a bit of swelling, tenderness, or even bruising. It’s also possible for the lips to feel a little “bumpy”. On rare occasions, people can experience cold sores during this phase.

Day 3: Turning a New Leaf

As the third day rolls around, the initial swelling usually starts to calm down, and your lips begin to reclaim their more natural appearance. This signals that your body is getting along well with the new filler.

Fast Forward to 2 Weeks: Picture Perfect

Two weeks post-procedure, any lingering swelling should be on its way out, and you’re left with lips that are ready to shine in photos. It’s at this point you begin to see the final results of your lip filler journey.

4-6 Weeks Onwards: Fully Healed and Settled

By the time 4 to 6 weeks have passed, your lips should be fully healed, with the filler fully integrated into your lip tissues. Any remaining swelling should be a thing of the past, revealing the true and final results of your lip filler procedure.

Please remember that these timelines are average estimates and may vary between individuals. If you notice persistent swelling or have any other concerns during the settling period, please reach out to your healthcare provider.

Lip Filler Aftercare and Maintenance: Prolonging Your Pout

So, you’ve sailed through the lip filler process and the settling period, but what’s next? Proper aftercare and maintenance are key to maintaining your lip filler’s longevity and ensuring optimal results.

Caring for Your Lips Post-Filler

After a lip filler procedure, your lips will need a bit of extra love and care. Following the tips below can help reduce complications and maximize the results of your treatment:

  • Treat Bruises: If you notice bruising around the injection site, consider using topical creams like aloe vera, vitamin K, or arnica, but always consult your healthcare professional before starting any new product.
  • Use Ice Packs: Applying an ice pack or cloth-wrapped ice cube can help ease any swelling, itching, or bruising. This could be your go-to relief for any discomfort after the procedure.
  • Avoid Heavy Exercise: Activities that spike your blood pressure or heart rate could worsen bruising or swelling. A break from your regular workout routine for 24 to 48 hours post-procedure is advised.
  • Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthily: Hydration is key to healing. Drinking plenty of water and eating water-rich fruits and vegetables can aid your recovery. Also, try to avoid foods high in sodium, as these could worsen swelling.
  • Keep Away from High Temperatures: For 48 hours after treatment, give the sauna, steam rooms, and hot yoga classes a miss, as high temperatures can aggravate swelling.
  • Watch Your Medication: Consult your doctor regarding safe pain medications to take in the days following your treatment. While Tylenol is typically acceptable, blood-thinning medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin are best avoided.
  • Avoid Massaging Your Lips: It’s important to avoid applying pressure to your lips, including massaging or kissing, for at least 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Mind Your Sleeping Position: To reduce swelling, try to sleep with your head elevated on pillows. Remember, face-down sleeping is a no-no!
  • Hold Off on Makeup: Resist the urge to doll up immediately after the procedure. It’s best to avoid applying makeup to your lips for up to 24 hours.
  • Say No to Alcohol and Flying: Alcohol can enhance inflammation, bruising, and swelling, so it’s best avoided for 24 hours post-treatment. Also, refrain from flying for at least a week, as the elevated air pressure can intensify swelling and bruising.

Remember, effective aftercare is the secret to making your lip filler results last longer. Always stick to your cosmetic provider’s advice to enjoy a smooth recovery and minimize potential complications.


Getting lip fillers is a pretty easy process, but waiting for them to settle can feel like it takes forever.

Remember that everyone’s body reacts differently, so your timeline might not match up exactly with what we’ve outlined here. But generally, you can expect to see the final look around six weeks after the procedure.

Your job doesn’t end after the procedure – you’ll need to follow some aftercare rules to make sure you get the best results. Things like avoiding intense workouts, high heat, and make-up on your lips can all help your fillers settle faster.

But most importantly, remember that lip fillers are all about making you feel good about yourself. So, whether it takes two weeks or six, the wait will be worth it when you see your new, plumper lips smiling back at you in the mirror.

Your Perfect Pout Awaits at Ethos Spa

If you’ve been contemplating lip fillers and have been looking for the right place to get the treatment done, look no further.

At Ethos Spa, we are committed to ensuring each patient’s journey to a fuller pout is safe, comfortable, and successful. Our team of experienced aesthetic practitioners employs the most advanced techniques and superior fillers to deliver results that are both natural and long-lasting.

Why trust your lips to anyone but the best? Our personalized approach to aesthetics means we listen to your needs and expectations before formulating a plan that’s right for you.

Don’t just dream about having the perfect pout – make it a reality with Ethos Spa. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you on your journey towards achieving the lips you’ve always desired.

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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