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Dos and Don’ts for Lip Injections


Lip injections have become hugely popular, thanks to celebrities and the relative affordability of dermal fillers. Individuals 18 and over can get lip injections to get the perfect pout. If it’s your first time getting lip injections, here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.

The Do’s of Lip Injections

Prior to treatment, DO let your injector know if you’ve ever had facial cold sores. You may need a prescription medication to reduce the risk of this side effect after lip injections.

DO have aesthetic goals in mind. You may bring in pictures to help the injector get a better sense of what you are looking to achieve.

However, DO set realistic expectations. If you’d like to dramatically increase the size of your lips, injections will have to be spaced weeks apart to ensure a smooth and side effect-free process.


DO anticipate slight discomfort. Lip dermal fillers typically contain a numbing agent, such as lidocaine, mixed in. But since the lips are a sensitive part of the body, you’re likely to feel the injections.

DO apply ice after the procedure! Icing the treatment area immediately after the injections will help minimize bruising and alleviate swelling.

DO use an extra pillow when sleeping to add elevation. This will help prevent swelling.

DO expect to see results about a week after the procedure. And then, DO ENJOY!

DO anticipate the possibility of swelling and bruising.

DO start taking Arnica two days prior to the procedure to help lessen bruising.

DO arrive with a clean face, free of makeup the day of the procedure.

DO avoid intense heat from sunbathing, tanning, saunas, hot tubs, and hot wax for six to 10 hours after treatment.

DO contact your injector if you experience fever, chills, discolored blotches in areas not injected, or severe pain.

The Definite Don’ts

DON’T get this treatment a few days before a big event. The lips are very delicate and there’s a high possibility of swelling (and possibly bruising) after the procedure. It can take some time for the swelling to completely dissipate.

DON’T use aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St John’s Wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements, or drink alcohol 24 hours before treatment. These substances artificially thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.

DON’T use topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, or any “anti-aging” products.

DON’T wax, bleach, tweeze, or use hair removal cream near the treatment area.

DON’T massage, itch, or pick at your lips after treatment! Doing so may cause loss of volume.

DON’T schedule lip injections if you had a dental appointment two weeks ago.

DON’T worry about swelling or bruising. This is a natural reaction in an extremely vascular and delicate area.

DON’T expect the results of lip fillers to last forever. On average, lip results last about six to nine months.

DON’T schedule lip injections if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, since no studies have been done on pregnant or breastfeeding women.