Lip Filler Swelling Stages: What You Need to Know

Posted on December 28, 2022


Lip dermal fillers are quick, easy, and popular.

Whether you're getting the said fillers for your upper lip, lower lip, or both, you should know how the process goes and the risks involved.

In this article, I'll talk about the treatment, its benefits, and the lip filler swelling stages.

Lip Filler Swelling Timeline and Stages

Before getting lip fillers, you must be aware that swelling is a risk.

Lip filler swelling stages last for one week or so, depending on many factors, such as your current condition and your body's response to the treatment.

A day or two after getting the injectable treatment, swelling occur around your mouth. During the third day, you might experience bruising on your lips. You may see lumps inside your lips as well.

However, you shouldn't worry about these things as they are minor side effects. They also typically go away by the end of the first week.

Plus, about a week after the treatment, you'll experience less swelling.

In addition, you should keep in mind that initial swelling is your body's natural response to swelling. In fact, if you experience swelling, this means that your lips will likely become more plump and puffy.

After about two weeks, you'll start to experience reducing swelling. During this time, you'll see the initial result of the treatment.

Is Extreme Swelling Normal After Getting Lip Dermal Fillers?

Extreme swelling is usually not normal after getting lip dermal fillers. If you experience extreme or uneven swelling after two weeks, you should consult your doctor.

More swelling after the two-week period should be examined. How much swelling you should have varies, but extreme lip swelling for weeks after the treatment should be cause for alarm.

The Best Way to Reduce Lip Filler Swelling Stages

Swelling after lip fillers is your body's normal response to the injections.

The inflammation from a lip filler treatment can be managed by administering an ice pack to the injected area.

Applying ice reduces inflammation in any situation. Therefore, it's a good habit to start shortly after the procedure.

Prepare an ice pack or cold compress when you get home from treatment. Then, apply it to the lips for days after your treatment.

Use a soft cloth and avoid using anything that may stick (not a tissue paper) to the lips since this may aggravate the irritation.

Why Lip Filler Treatment Is One of the Most Popular Types of Cosmetic Procedures

Lip filler treatments are widely popular because of today's non-surgical convenience.

Lip fillers are popular in London because they're less expensive, widely available, require less downtime, and are surprisingly painless. In addition, millions of people get lip fillers every year.

It's been a long, tough journey, but non-surgical lip fillers have carved a place in our society, and they won't be going away anytime soon.

Why Does Swelling Happen After the Procedure?

Swelling happens after the procedure because the hyaluronic acid mixes with the body's natural water supply.

This causes temporary puffiness and inflammation until the body establishes a new normal balance.

Furthermore, because the injection technique produces minimal damage and physical trauma to the region, lip filler procedures result in swelling.

As the area heals, swelling is the body's normal response to the damage. Lip filler swelling is usual following lip fillers. However, the amount varies from one person to another.

However, the lip filler swelling stages are usually relatively brief and only last a day or two.

How to Reduce Swelling: Lip Filler Aftercare Dos

You can do certain things to remedy swelling caused by a lip filler injection.

Stay hydrated.

To improve its volumising action, hyaluronic acid mixes with the body's water. As a result, you must drink enough water intake when healing.

If you experience filler swelling, make sure you drink plenty of water. Keeping completely hydrated enables your body to use fluids rather than storing them in a single location, which causes swelling.

To achieve the greatest benefits from your lip injection, surgeons recommend consuming at least two to three litres of water every day. Drink healthy, avoid hot and salty foods, and say no to drinking alcohol, too.

Avoid strenuous exercise.

High-intensity workouts must be avoided the first few weeks after getting lip fillers. Increased body temperature, heart rate, and physical activity might raise the blood supply toward the lips, aggravating any inflammation, pain, or bruising.

If you participate in intense activities, the filler may move around and provide inconsistent effects.

There is also an increased risk of bruising and significant swelling if you exercise immediately after receiving lip fillers. Finally, putting too much pressure on might lead the filler to come out.

Sleep enough.

Sleeping helps to maintain your head elevated.  Moreover, prop yourself up with more pillows than usual. It decreases blood flow toward the affected site, which reduces swelling and bruising.

Also, avoid sleeping with your face down to prevent additional discomfort. Find proper sleeping positions. Remember, sleeping enough may help fasten the healing process because your body is relaxed.

Drink the medicines your cosmetic surgeon prescribes.

Avoid taking any drugs without consulting with your surgeon. If you have any discomfort following the surgery, you must notify your doctor.

To minimise unforeseen issues, only take prescription medications from the doctor who conducted your lip filler surgery.

Avoid intense heat.

After a lip filler, avoid very hot environments since prolonged exposure to intense heat will worsen inflammation.

If you are a frequent sauna user, perhaps take some time off to allow any swelling to diminish. You should as well avoid direct sunlight and stop spending too much time under the sun.

Moreover, you might also avoid hot baths days post-treatment while you're in your healing process until the swelling subsides.

Does It Hurt to Get Lip Filler?

No. Lip injections are not painful. In general, the operation is painless.

Before the treatment, a topical numbing medication is applied to the site to lessen the discomfort.

People's bodies are different, and some people may feel greater discomfort than others. Hence, you can share your worries regarding pain and discomfort with your doctor before the lip filler procedure.

How Long Does a Lip Filler Treatment Last?

Lip fillers don't last forever, so you need to get them again. Plus, the fillers gradually fade away over time, usually within 12 to 18 months.

Moreover, the results depend on your metabolism. You may require touch-up treatments on both your lower and upper lip regularly to keep your desired volume.

What Are the Benefits of Lip Fillers?

Just like lip implants and hair transplant, filler injections have a lot of benefits.
  1. Increases your self-confidence

Everybody has insecurities and concerns that they would like to overcome. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your lips, lip fillers can do a lot for you.
Additionally, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look beautiful. Lip fillers can help you overcome your concerns and feel more comfortable regarding your appearance.

  1. Helps with your career

If you're an actor, model, or influencer, you'll undoubtedly appreciate the natural effect of lip fillers. They may contour and size your lips as you age to achieve the perfect look.
Lip fillers keep your facial aesthetics look balanced and proportionate. Furthermore, this would make you appear beautiful to the camera as your skin undergo rejuvenation.

  1. Lip fillers look natural

Because they're made of hyaluronic acid, lip filler treatments give you a natural look. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring chemical in the body.
Furthermore, it's less likely to cause bruising, and there's no need to be concerned about an allergic reaction.

  1. Lip fillers gradually progress

The fillers can be applied over time to get the desired effects. It allows you to customise your treatment to achieve the exact appearance that you want to achieve.
You may plump up your lips over a series of sessions without experiencing the discomforts associated with surgery.

  1. Defining Lip Shape

Other groups of people might not have asymmetric lips but rather lips that are poorly defined. The border, however, blends into the surrounding skin. Fortunately, you may enhance the dimension by carefully applying filler to the lip line and emphasising the cupid's cow.

Visit Dr. Julian de Silva - Dermal Filler, London

Do you want to get that lip fullness you so desire? Are you tired of cosmetic solutions that don't work on your lips? I got you.

Contact us for a consultation now! As an alternative, you may visit us at 23 Harley St, London W1G 9QN, UK.

Dr. Julian De Silva, Medical Director

About the Author

Dr Julian De Silva is a leading facial plastic surgeon that specialises only in surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. Dr. De Silva has considerable experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery from fellowships in London, Los Angeles, and New York. He is one of a handful of elite surgeons to be recognised with British, European and American qualifications, memberships and board certification.

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