Aftercare – Lip Filler

The common side effects should resolve on their own over the following days – weeks after your treatment. The true result will be achieved approximately 4 weeks after your treatment, and a review to see if further treatments are needed is recommended.

What to expect after your Lip Filler injections:

The post-treatment experience will be different for everyone, however immediately after your treatment you may experience one or more of the following:

  • Swelling to the lips and to the area above the lips – this should resolve in the days following the treatment
  • Bruising
  • Red needle puncture marks
  • Asymmetry
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Itching in the area
  • A larger top lip compared to the bottom lip – this will resolve once the swelling eases and is not a case of too much filler in the top lip
  • Increase in the projection of the upper lip
  • If numbing has been used, you will feel numbness on the skin’s surface.

Things to avoid after your treatment with lip fillers:

  • Avoid touching your face for 6 hours following your treatment
    Ideally, avoid oil-based makeup for 24 hours
  • Do not expose the area to intense heat as this can irritate the skin
  • Do not apply pressure to the area’s treated for the first few days following treatment
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours as alcohol can thin the blood
  • Avoid use of skincare with ingredients such as AHAs, retinol and vitamin C for 24 hours
  • Avoid facials, facial waxing, chemical peels, IPL or skin needling for 2 weeks following treatment
  • Avoid sleeping on your face as this may disturb the filler

Pain, Swelling, and Bruising Relief:

  • Pain relief such as paracetamol may be taken as directed by your Nurse. Avoid medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
  • Swelling relief: a cool compress applied regularly within the first 24 hours following your treatment may help to reduce swelling (using gauze – do not apply ice directly to the skin). Remaining elevated can also assist with preventing and relieving swelling.
  • Brusing relief: The nurse may provide you with some Hirudoid cream if they suspect bruising may occur. We advise that you plan your appointment accordingly to allow for bruising to subside before any important events or occasions.

The Nurse may advise to gently massage your lips following the procedure, especially if there is lumpiness.

Cold Sores

A common side effect of lip injections can be cold cores, especially if you are already prone to getting them. Your Nurse may recommend you take Lysine in advance of your appointment so it is important to mention if you have a tendency to get cold sores.

Drink Water

Drinking plenty of water following your treatment will help your body with the natural healing process.

Follow-up Appointment:

A follow-up appointment is recommended so the Nurse can assess the results of the treatment and make any corrections if necessary. It is important to allow the fillers to settle so that the true result is evident before making any adjustments. The results are individual and will depend on the type of filler used, the client compliance with aftercare as well as personal factors such as metabolism. As a result, it may take more than one treatment to achieve the desired results.

If you are unwell or concerned about your treatments, please contact us at the clinic so we may advise and support you.