Lip fillers are a great way to enhance the natural look of your lips by adding volume and creating the shape you desire for perfectly soft and kissable lips. If you’re a newbie to the filler story and would like to know the basics, read our blog post on fillers in general. This time, we’ll cover lip fillers aftercare: what to do to reduce pain, swelling and bruising, and get the most of your fillers. Read on to find out more.
1. Schedule Your Treatment Wisely
If there’s an event that requires you look your best, don’t schedule your lip filler injection right before the event. You may experience swelling and other minor discomforts, and your lips may appear bigger than what they will look like eventually, when the filler settles. So if you’re looking forward to a big party or a wedding, make sure you schedule your treatment at least a week before. If this is your first time getting the filler, triple that time!
2. Watch Out For Medications
Your true lip filler aftercare begins even before your treatment. For 24 to 48 hours prior to the scheduled treatment, avoid blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as fish oil. These medications and supplements increase the chance of bleeding during and after the treatment, as well as bruising after the treatment. Minor bleeding and bruising can often happen, but you don’t want to experience more of that than necessary. Simply avoid these medications, and you’ll be good!
3. Careful with the Food!
If your injector has used an anesthetic cream, it may numb your lips, and that effect can last for several hours. That means that you won’t feel much going on around your lips, and that can be dangerous. For instance, you may take a bite or a sip of something hot – you may not feel it, but your lips will! The danger of burning yourself is real. So is the possibility of you accidentally biting yourself and leaving a bruise. Be careful and treat your lips as if you just had something done to them, which you have. No hot food or hot tea, please!
4. Drink Water
Staying hydrated is a must at all times, but we do tend to forget it. Well, the one time you definitely should not forget your water intake is after getting lip fillers. Drinking water is an essential part of the lip filler aftercare. Let your body take in lots of simple fluid, water being the best. It will help with the natural healing process that happens after your body has received something strange – which is how it sees the filler! Hydrating fruits and vegetables will also help.
5. Ice, Ice, Baby
As with any swelling, a simple ice pack or even a bag of frozen veggies really help. The important thing to remember is to wrap it in a towel because touching your swollen and sensitive lips with direct ice may result in worse outcomes. You don’t want to freeze your lips, do you? For other crucial tips on how to reduce the swelling, read our blog post on this very topic!
6. Cover the Bruising, But Not Too Soon
As with any injection, you may expect some bruising. The bruising usually goes away quickly, but some women like to cover it up during the healing process. You can use a dark lipstick or concealer to cover the bruising but applying previously used or opened lipstick, chapstick or makeup on your freshly injected lips is a no-go. Wait at least 24 hours before applying makeup to your lips and try to opt for a brand new chapstick, lipstick or concealer if you can’t wait. If you are going to use a makeup brush, please make sure it is clean and note it’s important not to apply too much pressure so be gentle. P.S. Kissing also counts as pressure, so keep that in mind, too!
7. Avoid Laser Treatments
Fillers and lasers don’t mix well – at least in the beginning. If you’re planning a laser treatment, postpone it for at least two weeks after the injection. Lasers generate a lot of heat, and it can cause the filler to break down and dissolve more quickly than they usually do. Your injector will tell you how long your fillers will last, so don’t do something to make them vanish a lot sooner!
8. Call Your Injector
You should know up front that some mild swelling and bruising are to be expected, but they are usually resolved after several days. If you feel that they’re not going away, the bruising or swelling is getting worse and/or something’s off, don’t hesitate to call your injector, and he or she will gladly tell you if there’s something you need to be worried about. They also may ask you to come in after two weeks to see what your final results look like and if there’s any need for a touch-up. When it comes to lip fillers, your injector is truly your best friend – have them on speed dial!