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Swelling After Lip Fillers & How to Reduce It

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

Maybe you’ve been looking forward to your first lip procedure for a long time, or you’ve had a treatment done in the past and have finally gotten some time off work to update your look. Maybe you’ve been getting Product J Ultra Plus injections for years now, and you’re feeling more confident than ever. For many women (and men), we’re finally learning to love what we see in the mirror. We’re doing our best to look in the mirror—looking over our shoulder at the gym, staring into our own eyes in the hair salon, gazing up at the mirrored ceiling in the elevator or back behind the bar where the mirror reflects the delicate bottles. We’re looking forward to attending our best friend’s birthday party. We’re looking forward to social gatherings we’d usually dread because we don’t feel like dressing up, to events like charity balls or Green Drinks or dinners with old friends in town. And this is all because of a little lip filler procedure.

Sometimes, however, the treatments aren’t as comfortable as expected, or more painful than we remembered. This can give us pause. What’s going on? Am I doing something different? Maybe we’ve switched filler brands because the doctor recommended it, or we’ve even had to change surgeons when we’ve moved to another state. Although we’ve gotten fillers before, it is good to accept the procedure with an open mind and reeducate ourselves on expectations during and after a visit to the doctor’s office, how to prepare, and how to prepare to speed up our recovery.Swelling After Lip Fillers & How to Reduce It


Ways to Recover after the Procedure

Did you know that if it’s your first time getting a lip filler injection, you’re more likely to experience some discomfort and swelling? Michael Kim, a plastic surgeon in Portland, Oregon, says that surprisingly, younger patients (in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s) often have more swelling than patients over the age of fifty. Many patients require 72 hours to recover after the surgery, as they tend to feel a bit swollen and sore. This is why it’s good to schedule your injections for the weekend, so you don’t have to
show up bruised and in pain to work the next day. To combat swelling, many doctors use anesthesia, which helps tighten the blood vessels in the area so that the bruising resulting from the needle puncturing the dermis is minimal. Ask your doctor what their plan is for your treatment beforehand to know what to expect. You can also
always ask what they recommend to help with bruising or pain after the injections.

Uneven Facial Swelling

What if one side of your lips appears more swollen than the other side? This can happen. So, sometimes the doctor must add a little more here and there to ensure a uniform look to make your lips even in terms of structure, fullness, and overall contouring. For example, a tattoo artist will need to add a little color here and there to a completed tattoo once the redness dissipates and they can see where the color and lines settled. There’s no need to worry; if it isn’t possible to touch up your look, your doctor can always inject something to dissolve the filler. Often, however, some uneven distention is not unusual. Don’t be alarmed. Many of us have slightly uneven lips, to begin with, and the temporary swelling after the procedure just temporarily exacerbates the uneven appearance. Just wait for a day or two, and wait for the swelling to even out. Take a relaxing bath, go for a walk, or spend some time binging on your favorite Netflix series. Try not to stare too hard into the screen or look in the mirror until those first two days are over so that you don’t obsess over any unevenness or asymmetry. We recommend treating yourself to your favorite foods and using these days to reflect on why you wanted the procedure done in the first place and how great you’ll feel when the swelling goes down. You shouldn’t touch the area much; massaging your lips isn’t advisable. You can, however, get an ice pack and gently ice the area for several minutes every hour or two. You can also apply arnica. Arnica, or arnica Montana, is an excellent herb for speeding up the healing of bruises. It also can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Arnica works by helping shoot white blood cells to the affected area so that they can repair the affected cells. It’s great after your procedure and works well for any sprains, sore muscles, headaches, insect bites, or scarring.
By using ice and arnica in combination, you can significantly reduce the swelling and soreness in the area.

If you experience pain that doesn’t feel normal, you should contact your doctor immediately, as you may be allergic to the filler. Bruising can last longer than swelling (remember how long, as a kid, you had to wait for those bruises on your knees from soccer or volleyball to go away). If this discoloration is an issue at work or in your social life, you can always use makeup to cover it up. In the week or two leading up to treatment, many surgeons recommend that you refrain from taking any over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like aspirin or Motrin and stop taking multivitamins and Vitamin E, as these can contribute to more bruising.

When to be Concerned

So, when exactly should you start to worry? We want to avoid causing ourselves unnecessary stress. Still, we also want to be vigilant so that if our bodies aren’t healing correctly from these injections, we can get in touch with a medical professional and figure out what is going on. What’s normal, and what isn’t? Certain patients suffer from swollen lips a month or more after their procedure. This could potentially indicate an infection. Not the outcome you want. If your lips feel swollen more than a few days after your treatment, especially if the swelling and pain continue for more than two weeks, you should contact your doctor. You should always be able to contact your doctor, for dermal fillers or for anything else, without feeling as though you’re bothering him or her. In one case, a patient injected with Perlane in her nasolabial folds and cheeks suffered from an allergic reaction and experienced significant swelling and pain that increased over the next 30 days. She also saw a small nodule appear on her face and noticed increasing firmness in the treated areas. This woman was over 50 and had used facial fillers before without any issues. However, in this case, others suffered from infection, adverse swelling, and other unwanted symptoms after using Elevess and Product J, respectively. So, when should you start to worry? You know your body best. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. Call your surgeon and let them know if you notice any unusual redness, excessive pain, excess water in the area, or the formation of hard lumps under the skin, especially if this is occurring more than a week or two after your injections. Make sure you keep a record handy of when your injection was for reference and know if it has been more than seven days after your treatment. You can also take photos of your injection sight for your records (make sure that you keep the lighting and the proximity similar so that you have a point of comparison) to see whether the swelling has gone down or not.

How to Reduce swelling after lip fillers?

People Also Ask

Is it normal to experience swelling after lip fillers?

Yes, it is very normal to experience swelling after getting lip fillers. Swelling is a common side effect of lip injections, and it is caused by the body’s natural response to the injection. When a needle is inserted into the skin, the body responds by sending extra blood and fluid to the area, which can cause swelling. The degree of swelling can vary depending on the person and the amount of filler used, but it is usually temporary and should subside within a few days.

How long does swelling after lip fillers last?

Swelling after lip fillers can last for a variable amount of time, ranging from 1-2 days to a week. The duration of swelling will depend on the individual and the amount of filler used. For some people, the swelling may be very mild and may only last for a day or two, while for others, the swelling may be more significant and may last for a week or more. It’s important to note that swelling is a natural part of the healing process, and it’s essential to be patient while waiting for it to subside.

How can I reduce swelling after lip fillers?

There are a few things that can be done to help reduce swelling after lip fillers. Applying a cold compress to the lips can help reduce inflammation and soothe the skin. Using an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel and holding it against the lips for 10-15 minutes at a time can help alleviate swelling. It’s also important to avoid consuming alcohol, salt, and caffeine in the first 24-48 hours after getting lip fillers, as these can contribute to increased swelling.

When should I be concerned about swelling after lip fillers?

It’s normal to experience some degree of swelling after lip fillers, but if the swelling is severe or persistent, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider. Severe or prolonged swelling can be a sign of an allergic reaction or infection, which may require medical attention. Additionally, if you experience severe pain, fever, or other concerning symptoms after getting lip fillers, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.

How can I prevent swelling after lip fillers?

While swelling is a natural part of the healing process after getting lip fillers, there are some steps that can be taken to help minimize it. For example, avoiding blood thinning medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen before and after the procedure can help reduce the risk of bleeding and swelling. Additionally, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest in the days leading up to the procedure can help your body heal more effectively, which may help reduce swelling. It’s also important to follow your healthcare provider’s aftercare instructions carefully, as this can help minimize the risk of complications and promote faster healing.


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About Dr Vi

Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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