- Tips & Advice
by Beauty Skin Clinic
Lip fillers have become extremely popular in recent years sought by men and women alike, who want plumper, fuller lips. When done by a qualified practitioner (as it always must be), the procedure is quick and minimally invasive. The effects are not permanent, and you will need to repeat the treatment to maintain the results. Results typically last about six months. Appropriate lip fillers aftercare will help you get the desired look sooner,
Lip filler injections are comprised principally of hyaluronic acid.
If you’re contemplating having lip fillers, you need to be knowledgeable of the pros and cons. Although the procedure is straightforward and results instant (you’ll see visible results immediately after the injections), lip fillers may cause inflammation, redness, and soreness. However, this is usually temporary and minor.
Once the inflammation goes down, the effects will not look quite as pronounced. It usually takes around four weeks for the filler to settle in for the desired look.
Correct lip filler aftercare can help relieve adverse side effects after the lip injections. Knowing the proper aftercare can also help you decide if lip fillers are right for you when you know what to expect.
Lip fillers aftercare tips
You can expect some swelling after the procedure; this is anticipated and normal. You may also have faint bruising at the injection sites. These will not prevent you from continuing your daily routine, but you might want to take a day or two off work to avoid comments.
Applying ice or a pack of frozen peas to your lips when you get home will help ease swelling and reduce pain.
Drink plenty of water to help your body heal.
Alcohol can cause inflammation, increase the probability of bruising, or make swelling worse, so it should be avoided for a few days before getting fillers and at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Don’t drink through a straw for 24 hours, as this puts pressure on the lips.
Eat hydrating fruits, salads, or smoothies, but avoid sodium-rich foods such as bacon, anchovies, or salted nuts, which can make swelling worse.
Eat foods that are easy to eat and don’t require excessive chewing.
After lip or dermal fillers, avoid vigorous exercise for 24 to 48 hours. This is because elevated blood pressure from exercising can make the swelling and bruising worse. Light exercise like walking or cycling on flat terrain should be fine.
You can try oral homeopathic arnica for bruising if it is a problem. Gels and creams with arnica may also help, but be careful not to ingest them.
Avoid saunas or over-heated rooms for 48 hours after getting fillers, As heat can increase swelling.
Please consult a doctor or pharmacist to determine which painkillers they recommend if you feel you need to take something after the treatment. Some painkillers are blood-thinners and should be avoided.
Try to sleep on your back with your head raised on several pillows to help reduce swelling. Do not sleep with your face squashed against the pillow or mattress.
Don’t use lip makeup on for 24 hours after the procedure.
Smoking puts pressure on the lips and can raise the risk of infection, so don’t smoke immediately after getting lip fillers. It is also a good idea to avoid second-hand smoke.
It’s advised to wait at least a week before flying after getting lip fillers. The cabin air pressure can make bruising and swelling worse.
Avoid kissing for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Don’t massage the lip area, and be gentle when washing your face. Don’t use abrasive skin scrub products.
You should avoid facial massages for around two weeks.
A certified plastic surgeon, qualified beautician, or dermatologist. should always be consulted to carry out a dermal or lip filler procedure. When done by a highly skilled professional, it is extremely unlikely you will experience anything negative other than the minor side effects previously mentioned. These should pass within two days after the treatment.
However, attempting self-treatment or using a lesser trained beauty therapist may more serious or longer-term effects, which can include:
- Inordinate bleeding
- Excessive swelling
- Noticeable bruising
- Asymmetry of the lips
- Bumps and abnormalities
- Severe pain
- White patches around the lips
- Purple or greyish discolouration
- Lips that feel cold to touch
If you encounter any of these more severe side-effects after a lip filling procedure, contact a professional skin clinic immediately or seek medical care.
Injecting fillers at home by yourself is dangerous. Necrosis can occur if you inject needles incorrectly which can quickly result in tissue death.
Lip fillers are injections of mainly hyaluronic acid that give the lips a plump, youthful appearance. The procedure is fast and straightforward with minimum downtime but must always be carried out by a qualified professional.
For more information on lip fillers, or to book a no-obligation consultation with Sheridan, call 0203 984 8360, or email email@example.com.