Whether you’ve just seen Dr Farmah for your lip filler treatment, or you’re just wondering what to expect after the procedure, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll provide you with a complete guide to lip filler aftercare and help you learn what you should do (and what not to do) after lip filler injections.
1. No Kissing
Ideally, for the first 24-hours after treatment, you should avoid any pressure against the treated areas because it can potentially displace the injected filler. This means no heavy kissing, drinking through a straw, smoking, biting nails or massaging your lips directly after the procedure. When you’re applying sunscreen or washing your face, be mindful not to use too much pressure on the treated areas. The goal is to allow the filler an opportunity to integrate into your skin matrix unhampered.
2. Swollen Lips? Don’t Panic.
One of the most common side effects of getting lip fillers is swelling of the lips. Often patients have complained that their lips look swollen and much larger than their anticipated. But don’t panic. Swelling and tenderness after lip fillers are perfectly normal. As the hyaluronic acid in the filler binds with the skin's natural water supply, the lips can puff up as the body tries to re-establish its natural balance. Again, the swelling is generally temporary and, in most cases, lasts only a day or two. That being said, if the swelling persists for more than a week or causes unusual discomfort, get in touch with your doctor right away.
3. Stay Clear of Hot Yoga
Prolonged exposure to excessive heat may result in blood vessels dilating, making the swelling more pronounced and contribute to more bruising or discomfort. So if you are an avid visitor to the sauna or hot yoga classes, it’s time to take a break for a few days. While fitness is a wonderful thing to pursue, you should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours to 48 hours after treatment. Elevated blood pressure and heart rate from working out can make the swelling or bruising worse.
4. It’s Time for More Pillows
This might be the most challenging piece of advice to follow because it’s obviously difficult to control what you’re doing when you’re asleep! That being said, do your best not to sleep on your face as this can put uneven pressure on the lips and create an asymmetrical appearance. First, try your best to sleep on your back. Also, put effort to sleep in an elevated position for the first few nights after the lip filler treatment. It's simple! Just throw a couple of extra pillows under your head. This will allow gravity to work on your behalf by preventing fluids from collecting in your face (i.e. less swelling).
5. Don’t Fly Too Soon
We recommend that you should wait at least 7 days after lip filler treatment before you fly. Aeroplane rides, especially long international flights, can make the swelling and bruising worse due to the pressurised cabin in an aircraft. If there is any complication, you’ll be far from your favourite cosmetic clinic, where you can quickly get assistance or advice. The air pressure in a plane also dehydrates your body, which isn’t good if you’re looking to increase your lips' volume. On the other hand, if you are getting anti-wrinkle injections, you don’t have to wait. You can go ahead and even book your flight the next day.
8. Be Cautious with Home Remedies
Just do a quick search engine search; you’ll find countless home remedies for swelling or bruising, such as herbal ointments, witch hazel, tea tree oil, and aloe vera gels. They may help or not and might even do more harm than good. Stay away from those and ask your injector for advice on what you can use. Also, do not massage the area unless advised to by your practitioner.
7. Focus on Good Nutrition
Focus on eating healthy foods like fresh fruits & vegetables. The vitamins and minerals will assist with the healing process. Also, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. After all, lip fillers work by drawing moisture to the treated area. Opt for cups or glasses that don’t cause your lips to do much work and easy to eat foods. On the flip side, avoid spicy foods, high sodium foods and alcohol for several days.
8. Keep the Area Very Clean
Keeping your lips clean after the treatment is extremely important. To get started, always wash your hands before touching your lips and change your pillowcases. This will prevent the introduction of bacteria or infection to the injection sites.
9. Get a Minor Follow up “Touch Up”
Some patients love the swollen look of their lips and are disappointed after the swelling subsided completely. If this is the case, you can have a small top-up to give you the desired look! Lip filler touch-ups can also plump your lips up just a tad bit more and yet still look natural. But remember, to not go overboard. Less is more, and it’s better to start off conservatively than to end up looking Fake or Overfilled. Minor touch-ups after the first treatment can also help clear any noticeable lip asymmetry.
10. Follow Your Doctor’s Guidelines
This is the last tip and possibly the most important. The first nine are general recommendations and should not replace your doctor’s actual instructions. Remember, individual lip filler experiences can vary from person to person. If you want to get the best result with your lip filler, follow your doctor’s aftercare guidelines to the letter.
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