Dermal lip fillers are a great, easy way to enhance your natural lips’ shape and eliminate signs of aging like fine lines and creases around the upper lip and mouth — all without plastic surgery!
Lip fillers are an FDA-approved lip enhancement product that has been used for multiple decades. They work by enhancing lip hydration and locking in moisture in the lips. Lip fillers have also been shown to increase the body’s production of collagen, resulting in more youthful, plump lips.
If it is your first time getting an injectable treatment, you may have many questions about the aftercare and healing process. Lip filler may cause the treatment area to feel swollen, hard, or lumpy at first, but this is all part of the healing process, and the fillers will soften and settle over time. Keep reading to learn more about what to expect in the days after getting lip fillers.
Are Lip Fillers Supposed to Feel Hard?
Your lips may feel stiff or rigid immediately after injection with dermal fillers. Don’t worry — this is entirely normal, and the lip fillers will soften with time. Your lips may also be swollen and tender, which can contribute to the lip filler feeling hard under the skin.
Dermal filler treatments like Juvederm and Restylane are made of hyaluronic acid. This gel-like product naturally occurs in the body in places such as the skin, connective tissue, and the fluids of the eyes. Immediately after injection, the hyaluronic acid will be sitting on top of your cells, and it is designed to break down, bind with your lip tissue, and settle over time.
How Long Does it Take for Lips to Soften After Fillers?
Luckily, hyaluronic acid fillers should soften and settle pretty quickly. Immediately after lip injections, your pout will be fuller and fine lines around the mouth like smoker’s lines and marionette lines may soften or disappear.
There is little to no downtime after receiving lip fillers. The swelling around the injection sites will go away, and you will begin to see great results after a few days, with the maximum results after 14 days.
Lip fillers are a long-lasting treatment. Once softened and healed, you can expect to enjoy the full results for up to 6–9 months. After that time, you can make a follow-up appointment with your doctor to maintain your results.
Does Massaging Lip Filler Break it Down?
Your doctor will provide you with aftercare instructions after dermal filler injections. Depending on which treatment you receive, your anatomy, and your desired aesthetic results, they may give instructions to massage the lips carefully. Do not massage the lips if you are not instructed to by your doctor, as this may interfere with your final results.
Aftercare should also include drinking plenty of water, staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous exercise, and wearing sunscreen outdoors. You can also use specially designed ice packs to lessen any discomfort immediately after injection.
Is it Normal to Have Lumps after Lip Fillers?
Small lumps can be an average side effect after receiving lip fillers and are not cause for immediate concern. They can be caused by swelling or bruising at the injection site. They can also be caused when you receive a large amount of filler in one area, and the filler will soften over time. Most lumps should go away on their own within a few days.
If the lumps persist, they can be massaged or removed by your doctor at a follow-up appointment. After your first injection has settled and healed, any undesired aesthetic effects can be fixed with a touch-up injection. Your doctor may use hyaluronidase, an injectable enzyme that will break down large lumps of the hyaluronic acid.
If the lumps are extremely painful or appear to be infected, see a medical professional right away as it may signify something more serious.
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