Aftercare Tips to Reduce Lip Filler Swelling

The demand for lip injections has exploded in the past few years and become one of our Cosmetic Nurse’s most requested treatments. Fillers can add definition to your lips, or more popularly adding a plump as well!


Lip filler not only increases the size and definiton of your lips but can also reduce fine lines on the lips and around the mouth. In addition, our cosmetic nurses always fix asymmetries in the mouth, which is a common request.


However, if you don’t give your lips the appropriate care before and after lip injections, you could be left with excessively swollen lips and bruising. Down below, in this blog, we have summarized for you the key care tips to reduce lip filler swelling, from avoiding alcohol to avoiding certain medications.


Read on!


What are the Lip Filler Swelling Stages?


Unfortunately, you can’t avoid swelling and bruises after getting a lip injection, no treatment is more prone to swelling and bruising than lip fillers. Due to the nature of the treatment, which uses a needle to inject the dermal filler into the skin, you’re more or less guaranteed to experience some swelling and bruising. Here are the lip filler swelling stages:


  • Stage 1: Immediately after receiving lip injections, you’ll notice redness and your lips will be tender.

  • Stage 2: Several hours later or the day after the filler injections, you may notice that the swelling has increased, and there may even be some noticeable bruising. Without taking care of your lips, both of these things will be more noticeable.

  • Stage 3: On the third day, the swelling and bruising will still be obvious but should be on the way out.

  • Stage 4: Over the next week, your lips should look much better. The swelling should decrease, and the bruising should start to fade. In some individuals, bruising can persist up to two weeks.

How can I Reduce Lip Filler Swelling?


It’s common to experience swelling after lip injections. However, you can drastically decrease these symptoms by opting for some basic aftercare tips.


1. Apply Ice


This one is pretty obvious; gently icing the lips restricts blood flow in the area, reducing swelling and bruising. Apply ice to the target area several times a day 10 minutes at a time, but be careful not to apply pressure! The lip filler can be displaced from its carefully selected location.



2. Avoid Strenuous Exercise for 24–48 Hours


If you’re an avid gym-goer, take a break for a couple of days after lip injections. Exercise increases your heart rate and encourages more blood flow, which can create swelling and bruising.


Rest for a few days, and your lips will thank you for it!


3. Avoid alcohol

Avoid alcohol for a few days before your treatment as this makes you more prone to bruising and swelling.


4. Avoid Blood Thinning Medicines


Using blood thinners like Aspirin and Ibuprofen can cause extra swelling and bruising. For the first few days after receiving a lip filler, you should avoid these types of medications and instead use a non-blooding thinning alternative like Tylenol that won’t aggravate your post-filler symptoms. Remember to always take any medication prescribed by your health care practitioner!


Why Doesn’t Swelling Go Down After Lip Injections?


In sporadic cases, your swelling may remain for longer than a week, although rarely past two weeks. While this isn’t common, it can happen for a few reasons, most commonly it’s failing to follow our recommendations to prevent bruising!


  • Tendancy to bruise: some people unfortunately are simply prone to bruising, you know who you are!

  • Small lumps: Hard lumps in the lips are not what we want! If you feel you have lumps that remain text us on our main line or email your Cosmetic Nurse for instructions

  • Allergic reaction: this is very rare, although we always have it in mind. If your tongue is swollen or you’re having trouble breathing then head to the ER!

Get The Best Lip Filler Injections!


To reduce your chances of experiencing excessive swelling, bruising, or lumps, you should go to a highly qualified practitioner experienced in administering lip injections. Our expert team at Waterloo Medical Cosmetics is highly skilled in all cosmetic treatments and can help you get the best results from your filler.


Text us today at (226) 887-1208 to find out more about our services or visit our online contact page and book an appointment!


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