Post-Lip Filler Care: Everything You Should Know

For a lot of people, lip fillers after-care is a major concern after they undergo lip injections. In modern times, this kind of aesthetic injectable treatment has become more and more popular. Hence, the essence of this article is to help resolve a number of concerns and provide answers to some questions.

How to limit swelling after lip fillers

Our most recommended tips for a remarkable final result are:

  1. Hydrate as much as possible
  2. Please do not take too much salt as it can lead to dehydration
  3. Place an ice pack on your lips
  4. Avoid hot and humid temperatures for at least 24 hours after your treatment
  5. Avoid doing any very strenuous or excessive exercise for at least 24 hours following your treatment.

Eating after lip injections

You’re allowed to eat after your lip injection, but make sure you follow our top tips to be on the safer side (especially if you have a big occasion at hand).

On the first day, eat only foods that are easy to chew and eat. This will reduce the chances of you having to clean your lips and disturb the injected area.

Post-lip filler: the do’s and don’ts

The following are lip filler after-care tips to keep in mind:

  • For the first 24 hours, be gentle while washing your skin
  • Only eat foods that are easy to chew and eat.
  • Be sure to carry lip liner or lipstick to the appointment as it can quickly be used to cover up any immediate bruising.

Below are the don’ts after a lip filler:

  • Do not engage in any excessive exercise for at least the first 24 hours after the treatment.
  • After having your lip fillers, stay away from alcohol for 24 hours at least.
  • Do not use a straw for drinking for the first 24 hours, as this adds pressure on the lips.
  • Avoid having a facial massage for at least 14 days
  • Do not use any harsh cleaning brush or any exfoliating agent for 24 hours.
  • Do not kiss or massage your lips directly after the treatment and preferably for about 24 hours, if it’s your very first lip filler procedure.

What are the prolonged adverse effects of lip fillers?

Ideally, there should be no long-term adverse effects after a lip filler injection, provided that the practitioner performing the procedure is highly qualified. Short-term adverse effects can be:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • A little amount of bleeding from the injected area

These conditions are expected to clear off within an estimate of 48 hours following the initial injection.

Some individuals buy their hyaluronic acid lip filler online and try to inject themselves, while some others patronise less experienced cosmetic therapists for their aesthetic treatment and injections. Either way, the outcome may be more prolonged adverse effects which can include the following, among other side effects:

  • Lip bumps and abnormalities as a result of poor injection technique.
  • Lip asymmetry in the area where the injection has not even been applied.
  • Excessive swelling and bruising
  • Excessive bleeding

In case you experience any of these more long-term side effects after injection, then you should call your dermatologist immediately.

Does lip filler damage the lips?

The lip injection process itself does not cause damage to the lips. Hyaluronic acid, the filler used for injection, is an acid that is naturally occurring and is gradually absorbed by the skin. Any case of lip damage is most likely as a result of improper technique caused by the practitioner performing the procedure. Bumps, lumps and swellings are typical symptoms of this issue. In order to avoid this kind of issue is the reason why a certified dentist is most qualified to provide lip filler treatments since they have the required knowledge of the ObicularisOris (anatomy of the lips).

Will lip fillers shrink your lip size afterwards?

No, lip fillers do not reduce a person’s lip size afterwards. What happens is that the filler substance (hyaluronic acid) will be gradually absorbed by your skin again, and this tends to give the illusion of shrinking lips. No matter what, your lips won’t shrink in size than they were before injection.

Symptoms of post-lip filler necrosis

Necrosis refers to the localised death of cells or tissues via injury, disease, or the interruption of blood supply. Thankfully, necrosis associated with lip fillers is very rare with just one in every 100,000 cases. It can be caused as a result of 1 of two causes:

  1. Through direct damage caused by the wrong injection method.
  2. As a result of obstruction to blood vessel supply, often resulting from injecting excessive filler or by creating excessive swelling close to a blood vessel. This obstruction then leads to necrosis of the lips, as the tender tissue does not get the needed flow of blood. Some symptoms of lip necrosis, among others, are:
  • Excruciating pain: this can gradually develop after the procedure because the numbing gel applied during initial treatment starts to wear off, and the severe pain is experienced
  • Prolonged white blanching: this is as a result of insufficient blood flow to the injected site.
  • The lowered temperature of the lips: this is also caused due to the obstruction of blood flow, leading to reduced temperature.
  • Discolouration: usually dark grey or purple; this is the last stage when the patient starts to experience tissue death.

Are you ready to start your lip filler journey?

Our professional skin aesthetics experts are 100% qualified and highly experienced to give you the best lip fillers London treatment that you need. All you need to do is contact our office for any additional information you’d want to know regarding prices and booking an appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you!