Aftercare Advice For Lip Filler
Lip fillers are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the aesthetic industry.
In fact, in 2021, lip filler procedures ‘were the most popular cosmetic procedure searched online with [a] monthly search volume of 40.5 thousand’.
That said, it can be difficult to know what to expect after receiving lip filler if you’ve never had it before. If this is your first time getting filler, you’re likely wondering what the aftercare advice for lip filler is.
It's important to note that you should always be sure to follow the advice of your aesthetic practitioner when receiving lip filler.
Aftercare advice for lip filler includes, but is not limited to:
- Booking your appointment ahead of big events
- Avoiding flying for two weeks following treatment
- Ensuring you stay hydrated
- Following the advice of your aesthetic practitioner
- Applying ice packs
1. Booking Your Appointment Ahead Of Big Events
The first tip to bear in mind begins before you even have your aesthetic treatment, as it is to book your appointment ahead of big events.
It’s normal for symptoms such as bruising and swelling to occur near the injection site for fillers.
Booking your appointment ahead of big events relates to aftercare in that if you fail to do this, the risk is that you could still be swollen considering that it can take ‘7 to 14 days’ for any swelling and redness to go down.
Bearing this in mind, if you’re getting your fillers for a specific event, such as a wedding, then it’s essential to book ahead by a few weeks to ensure that you have plenty of time to recover before the big day.
2. Avoiding Flying For Two Weeks Following Treatment
This comes down to the fact that your fillers need time to settle. The cabin pressure on a flight can leave you feeling and looking swollen regardless of any treatments that you’ve had done, but this risk of swelling can increase when you have recently received lip filler.
In addition to this, should any complications with your fillers arise, you don’t want to be far away from your aesthetic practitioner as you’ll want to seek their professional advice on the next steps.
3. Ensuring You Stay Hydrated
Following this, you should ensure that you stay hydrated after your treatment.
Making sure that you’re staying on top of your water intake is essential following your lip filler treatment.
This is especially true for hyaluronic acid-based fillers, as they bind with water, in turn increasing the volumising effect to make your lips look nice and plump.
Be sure to keep a note of how much water you’re drinking, and try to drink a minimum of two litres of water a day to remain hydrated.
It’s also important to note that staying hydrated includes avoiding eating any overly salty foods, as food high in sodium can dehydrate you without you even realising it.
To avoid this, be sure to check the nutritional value of foods, as foods such as ‘soups, pasta sauce and frozen pizza’ can contain a lot of hidden salt.
4. Following The Advice Of Your Aesthetic Practitioner
It goes without saying that you should always follow the advice of your aesthetic practitioner following lip filler.
You will have already done your research on which aesthetic practitioner is the best in your area.
As your aesthetic practitioner is a trusted professional, they should know your treatment inside out, and will therefore have the best advice regarding aftercare.
That said, you should follow their instructions to ensure you’re carefully taking care of yourself following your lip filler appointment.
In addition to this, you should also keep in touch with them should you have any questions or concerns following your treatment.
5. Applying Ice Packs
Lastly, it's a good idea to apply ice packs or cold compresses to the treated area following your lip filler appointment as this can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
We recommend wrapping the ice pack in a clean cloth and applying it to the lips for short intervals (about 10-15 minutes at a time) several times a day during the first 24-48 hours after treatment.