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How Long Does Lip Filler Swelling Last?

A girl against a pink background with her hand covering her mouth area and lip filler swelling, looking shocked

First thing's first, what is lip filler swelling? Of course, it's pretty self explanatory. However, if you're new to the world of dermal fillers, let me fill you in.

 

Lip shape and volume enhancement is achieved using hyaluronic acid that is injected into the lips. Many tiny points in the lips will be made to place the filler strategically by the injector.

After the injections, it is common for the lips to swell as a natural response to the trauma caused by the needle and the introduction of the filler substance. The swelling can vary in severity and duration depending on several factors, including the individual's body's response, the type and amount of filler used, and the technique used by the injector.

 

The swelling typically starts immediately after the injections and can continue to increase for the first 24 to 48 hours. The lips may feel tender, sore, and slightly bruised during this time. The swelling can make the lips appear larger than desired, but it is important to remember that this is a temporary effect.

 

So, how long does it last?

 

In general, the swelling from lip filler injections will start to go down within 2-3 days. By day 7, most of the swelling will have subsided. However, it's possible for the swelling to last up to 2 weeks with some individuals.

 

Factors that affect the duration of lip filler swelling

 

The duration of lip filler swelling can vary from person to person and is influenced by several factors. Understanding these factors can help individuals better understand how long they can expect the swelling to last after getting lip filler injections.

 

1. Type of filler:

Different lip fillers have different properties and compositions, which can affect the duration of swelling. Some fillers may cause more swelling initially but subside quickly, while others may cause less immediate swelling but have a longer-lasting effect. Ultra-hydrophilic dermal fillers are likely to attract more water.

 

2. Injection technique:

The technique used by the injector can also impact the duration of swelling. A skilled and experienced injector will know how to minimise tissue trauma, resulting in less swelling. On the other hand, an inexperienced injector or one who uses aggressive techniques may cause more swelling.

 

3. Amount of filler injected:

The amount injected into the lips can also influence the duration of swelling. Generally, larger amounts of filler can lead to more swelling. Individuals need to discuss their desired results with their injectors and understand the potential swelling associated with different amounts of filler.

 

4. Individual healing response:

Each person's body reacts differently to lip filler injections. Some individuals may naturally have a stronger inflammatory response, leading to more swelling, while others may have a milder reaction. Factors such as genetics, overall health, and immune system function can all play a role in how quickly the swelling subsides. 

 

Reducing the bruising and swelling

 

Arnica gel such as the highly rated Nelsons Arnicare helps reduce bruising and swelling after treatment. Arnica's active compounds (primarily sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, and helenalin) possess anti-inflammatory, vasodilatory, and analgesic properties. When applied topically, arnica is believed to help dilate blood vessels, improving blood circulation around the treated area. This enhanced circulation can help the removal of stagnant blood and fluids, reducing the appearance of bruising and accelerating the natural healing process.

Pre-treatment care plays a crucial role in minimising the risk of bruising associated with dermal filler injections. Read more about what steps to take and perhaps what not to do before your next appointment.

Diley
Last updated
2 March, 2024
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