Lip fillers have become a popular go-to among patients who want to treat both aging-related and cosmetic concerns that have affected the appearance of their lips and their confidence. One of the benefits of lip fillers is that they can naturally augment lips, look completely natural, and deliver long-lasting results. While there is no downtime after treatment, there are some specific aftercare instructions that you will need to follow after getting lip fillers to achieve the best possible results.
What Should I Avoid After Getting Lip Fillers?
After getting lip fillers, you’ll see immediate results. You’ll see visibly fuller lips as soon as you look in the mirror. Another benefit is that you won’t have to worry about downtime.
You can schedule your treatment at a time that’s most convenient for you, even during a lunch break at work, and then you can resume most of your normal activities after it’s over. However, you must follow some specific aftercare instructions, including avoiding certain activities and environments for the first few days, specifically those that could interfere with your results.
After your treatment, you’ll need to temporarily avoid anything that increases your body temperature, including sunbathing, hot showers, hot baths, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, hot yoga, and even cooking over a hot stove or a grill.
Hot environments can negatively interfere with your results by dilating blood vessels in the lips, increasing the risk of swelling. Therefore, avoid excessive heat, including direct and prolonged sun exposure, for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
It’s also important that you temporarily abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages after your treatment. Alcohol is a blood thinner and increases the risk of bruising and swelling by causing blood vessels in the lips to dilate. It is also a diuretic and dehydrates your system. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are water-based and rely on the body’s adequate hydration levels for the best results.
As a result, it’s important to drink enough water after your treatment and avoid beverages that dehydrate your system. When you schedule an initial consultation at your local medspa, you can find out more about the different water-based hyaluronic acid dermal fillers and how they can help you reach your treatment goals.
It’s also important to avoid strenuous workouts after your treatment. Exercising after a lip filler appointment will increase your body temperature and blood pressure, which won’t promote quick healing and recovery.
Working out and being extremely active after a filler appointment will also increase blood flow to the lips, which can cause discomfort and slow the recovery process. If you do want to work out, schedule your exercise before your treatment. You can resume normal workouts within a few days of your appointment.
Putting Any Pressure on Your Lips
After your treatment, you must also avoid anything that puts pressure on your lips, including sleeping face down, facial massages, and even movements that require pursing your lips. Avoid smoking and using a straw when drinking beverages, since smoking and drinking with a straw put pressure on the lips and increase the risk of swelling.
Even though applying lip gloss to your new, voluminous lips may be tempting, you must wait at least 24 hours before using cosmetic products. The injection sites must heal, and cosmetics can negatively affect the healing process or cause an infection at the injection sites.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Fillers?
Lip fillers are made of a gel-like formula that contains hyaluronic acid particles very similar to what the body creates naturally. Several brands have designed fillers specifically formulated to add natural-looking volume to the lips. These fillers can treat one or both lips to help patients reach different cosmetic and aging-related goals.
If you’ve always wanted fuller lips and have naturally thin lips, the right dermal filler can help you achieve your aesthetic ideals and enjoy long-lasting results. They’re also a good option for patients who have noticed decreased lip volume as part of the natural aging process.
Determining Your Treatment Eligibility
Some patients, including pregnant and nursing women, may not qualify for treatment due to safety reasons. Additionally, patients allergic to hyaluronic acid-based lip filler ingredients will not qualify. The initial consultation process is a critical first step as it helps you learn more about your options and allows the injector to confirm whether a lip filler is a safe choice for you and then design your treatment plan accordingly.
You can achieve your ideal lips and enjoy them indefinitely with the right dermal filler. As long as you schedule a consultation to confirm that you’re a good treatment candidate and are willing to follow all of the aftercare instructions after your treatment, you can feel confident in the process and will achieve beautiful and natural-looking results that can last a year or longer.