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Have your lips been hurting more than expected after your recent filler treatment?
Is this tenderness in your precious pout a sign something is wrong? Or is it merely temporary tightness and swelling as your lips adjust to their new plump shape?
While severe or worsening pain warrants medical care, mild to moderate tenderness often peaks at 24 hours and gradually fades over 3-4 days.
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As the filler gel is injected, you may feel some pinching and pressure. Once the anesthesia wears off over the next 6-12 hours, it is normal to experience some swelling, redness, and slight irritation around the treated areas.
Based on our observations, most patients describe the discomfort as being like having mild sunburn or chapped lips. Others compare it to the tender feeling after a dental procedure.
Some common side effects in the first 24-48 hours include:
Listen to your body and give it time to adjust to the plumper lips! Most tenderness typically peaks at 24 hours post-treatment and gradually decreases over 3-4 days.
While lip fillers are generally considered safe cosmetic treatments, some patients may experience concerning severe pain after receiving injections. Based on our experience and references, potential causes for severe post-filler pain include:
If you develop severe, worsening pain after lip fillers contact our office or seek prompt medical care If you experience severe or worsening pain after your lip filler treatment, contact our office immediately or seek prompt medical care.
While not typical, Dr. Soni emphasizes that severe reactions need quick evaluation and management to prevent serious complications.
Lip filler pain typically peaks in the first 24-48 hours after injections, then gradually improves over 3-4 days. Most patients experience mild soreness or tenderness subsiding within 7-10 days. Notify your provider if more than mild pain persists beyond one week.
According to Dr. Soni, the lips become highly sensitive areas due to the dense concentration of nerve endings. Therefore, it is very common to experience some degree of mild pain, tenderness, or discomfort at the injection sites immediately after lip fillers.
The pain typically follows this timeline:
The upper lip tends to be more sensitive than the lower lip. While everyone’s pain tolerance varies, Dr. Soni finds that most patients have only minor throbbing, aching or soreness that starts improving 3-4 days after injections.
However, notify your provider if you have:
This is not typical and may indicate an underlying issue needing evaluation. With proper aftercare, any lip filler discomfort should fully resolve within 7-10 days.
Lip filler pain persisting beyond the typical 1-2 week recovery period would not be considered a normal response. Dr. Soni advises consulting a medical professional if discomfort lasts more than 2 weeks after your procedure.
However, he explains that some delayed pain, swelling, or lumps arising a few weeks or months after lip filler injections can occur in rare cases due to a delayed hypersensitivity reaction.
Yes, lip fillers can cause tooth pain in some cases. The main reasons are swelling pressing on teeth, nerve irritation from superficial injections, and infection spread from the injection site.
No, lip fillers themselves do not directly affect the sinuses or nasal structures. However, certain indirect effects may rarely cause sinus or nose pain symptoms in some cases.
Other dermal fillers injected in areas like the cheeks or under the eyes could obstruct mucus drainage if placed too close to the sinus cavities or cause excessive swelling. But this is less applicable to lip injections.
Spread of infection or late-onset inflammation from fillers are rare possibilities that may put some pressure on sinus cavities.
Several over-the-counter remedies can help relieve pain after lip fillers. Applying ice packs, taking OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, using numbing gels before eating, and antihistamines to reduce swelling are some of the main options.
Dr. Soni recommends acetaminophen (Tylenol) as the primary over-the-counter oral pain reliever after lip filler injections, but NSAIDs, ibuprofen, and aspirin help as well.
If using an NSAID, ibuprofen is preferred over aspirin, but limit use to 1-2 days and avoid combining it with acetaminophen.
Follow dosage directions carefully and let your provider know if you experience any concerning or worsening side effects when taking oral pain relievers after your lip filler treatment.
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