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5 Tips for Lip Filler Aftercare

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5 Tips for Lip Filler Aftercare

Medically Reviewed by Mohsen Talani, MD on November 27, 2023 | Written by CBAM Author

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Lips are one of the most important parts of the face that have a great impact on the beauty of people. Many people want a more beautiful look for their lips for various reasons. After the passage of time, the lips lose their fresh shape and may become thinner or droop. Also, some other people have thin lips by birth or others prefer larger lips.

Today, prominent and voluminous lips are considered among the criteria of beauty, and as a result, many people are encouraged to change the shape of their lips. One of the most popular methods to change the shape of the lips is filler injection. Lip filler aftercare is very important. An ice compress can be used in the area to reduce pain, swelling and bruising. But this should be done without any pressure, Physical activity that increases blood flow should be avoided for up to 24 hours, and exercising is prohibited during this period.

One of your most important duties as an aesthetic medicine expert is to educate the patient. Teach your patients the tips given in this article to minimize side effects after lip filler injection and get better results.

What is lip filler?

Lip filler is a substance that increases the volume of the lips by injection and gives a prominent appearance to the lips. It also modifies their form. Different types of materials are used for filler injection, but the most popular of them is hyaluronic acid.

One of the reasons for the popularity of this substance is that hyaluronic acid is a natural substance and is found in the body in a normal state. As a result, the risk of allergic reactions is reduced and side effects are much less. This acid is hydrophilic or hydrophilic, and as a result, it attracts water to the tissue. This causes the tissue in which this acid is injected to become more voluminous. Other materials such as fat are also used for injection, but nowadays their use is less because they have more side effects and their appearance result is not as good as filler.

The method of filler injection is very effective on the final result, and for this reason, the final result of the work of different doctors is very different. For example, filler can be injected into different parts of the lip. If the filler is injected directly into the lips, the lips will look fuller and more voluminous, and if it is injected into the borders of the lips, it will lift the lips. Hyaluronic lip fillers are available in various brands, each of which has different characteristics, including a different shelf life, but in general, their performance is the same.

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Why is lip filler aftercare important?

Compliance with care after lip filler injection by the patient has a great impact on the shape of the lips and its closeness to the shape you as a doctor want. Also, since the lip filler is injected using a needle, complications such as bruising and swelling may occur after the injection; But by adhering to the care after lip filler, these side effects will be as minimal as possible. In addition, by following lip filler after care tips, the lip filler last for a longer time.

Tip 1: Reduce swelling after lip filler by applying ice to the lips

In line with care after lip filler injection, ice compresses must be used in the first few days, for this purpose, ice compresses should be placed on the lips for at least 5 to 10 minutes every two hours on the first and second day; In the following days, to get a better result, it is enough to use an ice compress once or twice. Using ice also helps to shape the lips better and brings the final result closer to what you intended.

Tip 2:  Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours after receiving lip fillers

24 to 48 hours after lip filler injection, avoid physical activities and vigorous exercise. Because increased blood pressure and heart rate can aggravate swelling or bruising. Although light activity such as walking can be helpful.

Tips 3: Do not drink and smoke after lip filler injection

After injecting lip gel, it is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol can act as a blood thinner and worsen swelling, bruising, and inflammation at the injection site. Also, drinking too much alcohol can cause dehydration. Therefore, it is better to avoid drinking alcohol after the injection and instead drink enough water to keep the body well hydrated.

Smoking after lip gel injection can increase the risk of infection. Cigarettes contain compounds that can affect the healing process at the injection site and cause infection and inflammation. Therefore, it is better to avoid smoking after treatment.

Tip 4: Avoid wearing lipstick after lip filler treatment

It is recommended to avoid applying lip makeup for 24 hours. After the injection, the lips need some time to heal. During this time, the use of makeup can increase the severity of complications and reduce recovery. Therefore, it is better to avoid applying lip makeup for 24 hours and give the lips time to heal naturally.

Tip 5: The importance and effect of drinking water after lip filler injection

After the injection of lip filler, it is necessary to have enough water in the body for the best results. Lip fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar substance and is present in many tissues of the body, including skin and cartilage. Hyaluronic acid becomes bulky after absorbing water. Lack of water in the body can affect the performance of fillers. Therefore, drinking enough water after lip filler injection is important for the best results.

Lip filler side effects

There should be no long-term side effects after lip filler injection. Short-term side effects can include:

  • A small amount of bleeding from the injection site
  • a bruise
  • swelling
  • Stiffness and sensitivity to touch

All of these should disappear within approximately 48 hours of the initial treatment.

When to see a doctor after lip filler injection

Lip filler injections may lead to more long-term side effects, which can include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Excessive bruising and swelling
  • Asymmetry of the lips where the injection has not even been done
  • Bumps and irregularities caused by poor injection technique

If any of these severe side effects are observed after lip filler injection, the patient should return to you immediately.