The 6 Do’s and Don’ts of Lip Filler

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, date night, a special occasion or you simply want the confidence of having radiant lips, using filler to get the desired results can be a game changer. However, there are some things you should know before setting up your appointment. PUR-FORM’s Medical Aesthetics Director Emily Carr, MMS, PA-C, shares six do’s and don’ts to keep in mind before you go in for your procedure.

1. Here’s How to Minimize Bruising

For the 24 hours before and after your appointment, you’ll want to avoid the following: alcohol, excess caffeine, aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, zinc and turmeric. If you know you’re prone to bruising, we recommend taking oral arnica for 3-4 days leading up to the procedure and for 1 week after the procedure. 

2. Remain Judgement Free for 14 Days

We live in a world where everyone wants instant results, but when it comes to lip filler, time is on your side. I recommend that you hold off either loving or hating your lips for two weeks. Why? Because it takes this long for swelling to go down and lumps to smooth out.

3. There Will Be Swelling

Many of the fillers we use are hyaluronic acid-based and they draw water into the treatment area for the first 24 to 48 hours which resolves in a week or two. But in the days after the injections there will be swelling and occasionally bruising in and around the injection sites. This is normal.

4. Plan Ahead

Are you getting your lips done for a special event? Make sure you plan your procedure for about one month prior to the big day. This will allow for any bruising/swelling to disappear and for your lips to look most natural.

5. What to Avoid After Filler

In the 24-48 hours after you’ve had lip filler, you’ll want to avoid anything that could cause trauma, excessive sweating, unintended bruising or strained contractions to your facial muscles. That means for the first day or two after filler, avoid spicy food, saunas and exercise.

6. Ice is Your Friend

As we’ve mentioned, there will be swelling and bruising after your procedure and the number one way to keep this down is to ice consistently. This will help reduce the puffiness around any bruises and keep the swelling to a minimum. You can hold an ice pack to your lips for sessions of ten minutes three or four times a day.

If you’re interested in setting up a lip filler appointment, you can request one here.

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