Lip fillers can be a great way to add volume and symmetry to the lips and create a beautiful frame for your smile. Knowing how to take care of your lips after your filler treatment is important to help ensure the best possible results after your injector has worked their magic!
Your doctor, dentist or registered nurse injector will discuss your post-lip filler instructions with you during your appointment. Therefore, the following information isn’t intended to replace personalised medical advice, but instead act as a reminder of the general information your injector will have already provided you, or help you know what to expect if you’re thinking about getting lip fillers for the first time.
Find out below what you can generally expect after your dermal filler appointment and a guide on what to do (and what not to do) after your treatment!
- Before getting lip filler
- The days following lip filler
- The first few weeks after lip filler
1. Before getting lip filler
When taking into consideration what to expect after your treatment, it’s best to carefully plan when you’ll be getting lip fillers before you lock in your appointment.
This is because:
- Despite there being minimal downtime for injectable treatments, usually they will take time before the final effects can be seen.
- Depending on your individual experience, you may have some minor bruising, swelling and tenderness after your treatment, so it’s best to avoid making major plans directly afterwards just in case!
If you have a major event coming up, such as a wedding or birthday, it’s best to schedule your injectables appointment at least 3 weeks beforehand. Not only will this allow for bruising and swelling to subside, but if it’s your first time, it’ll allow you to adjust to your new appearance. Your highly experienced injector dentist at Oasis Dental Studio will be able to tailor your results after comprehensively assessing your goals and existing facial features to ensure the best possible outcome, as every patient is unique!
The skill of your injector also makes a significant difference to your results, as well as the types of filler they have to offer. This is why it’s important to do your research, look at their before and after photos of the lip filler, and find out their qualifications before your treatment, as this will help ensure consistency in results during your visits.
2. The days following lip filler
In the days following your injectables appointment, here’s what to expect:
It’s completely normal to experience some swelling, redness and bruising after the treatment, which can be reduced by placing some ice in a clean cloth on the lips for the first few hours afterwards. You may also have some small red dots initially where the needle or cannula entered the skin, which will also go away by themselves. The initial volume will decrease over the first week as the swelling goes down and a small amount of the filler dissolves to reveal your new lips. The actual result can take weeks to become visible as the filler needs time to bond with your existing tissue. Your desired end result may often take several treatments to achieve, as building the size and shape is best done gradually.
If you have significant swelling, pain, or heat around the area, contact your clinic as soon as possible. Bruising can be reduced with Arnica from your chemist if approved by your injector. You can also sleep with your head slightly elevated, and avoid pressure on the lips to reduce the risk of further bruising.
You should avoid exercising in the first 24 hours after your injectables treatment. This is because it’s best to avoid any heat or sweat to the area to avoid infection, so you should try to keep your body cool and stick to gentle walking instead. Increasing your blood pressure and heart rate by exercising may cause swelling or bruising to worsen.
For the same reason above, avoid hot showers, steam rooms and saunas to keep the skin cool, as heat can increase swelling.
Try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Your lip filler is composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring compound in the body, so it’s important to create a healthy environment in the body to make it last as long as possible. Drinking plenty of water is also crucial to creating fuller filler results, as it relies on drawing water to the treated cells, so dehydration can reduce the effects.
Depending on the type of filler used and your individual anatomy, your injector may ask you to massage the area to help create the desired final result (or not at all). It’s important to follow their instructions, as they have a thorough understanding of your goals and individual needs. You can buy Bepanthen from your local pharmacy or supermarket to help massage, as it also contains antibacterial ingredients to help with healing.
Avoid applying makeup around the lips for the first 24 hours to prevent infection occurring at the injection site.
Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours after getting lip fillers, as this can increase the risk of infection. Alcohol should also be avoided for a few days before and a day after getting lip fillers, as it acts as a blood thinner. This means you’ll have a higher chance of bruising swelling and inflammation.
3. The first few weeks after lip filler
In addition to the above advice for the first few days after your filler treatment, here’s what you should keep in mind for the following weeks:
Avoid flying for at least 1 week after your treatment, as the pressure in the cabin can worsen swelling and bruising, after the filler has already created some pressure in the skin in blood vessels in the area.
Your review appointment 2 weeks after your initial treatment is a key part of the overall treatment process. By this time, your lips will have settled into their new size and shape, and your clinician can review the results to see if you’re happy with the final outcome, or if additional filler is needed to create the desired results. This is a much better option than injecting too much filler in the first appointment and creating a change that is too drastic or overfilling the lips. It’s also the perfect time to ask any further questions and get some after photos, which are a fun way to compare the changes!
Hopefully, this information regarding the lip filler aftercare process can give you an idea of whether dermal fillers are right for you, or if you’ve just had this treatment, a general reminder of how to take care of them.
As with any medical treatment, there are always risks involved, so if you’d like to find out more about lip fillers or other injectable treatments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our highly experienced dentists who provide injectable treatments on the Gold Coast at Oasis Dental Studio.