The increasingly popular procedure of having dermal filler inserted into the lips is one that has been proven safe and sound, as long as you are sensible enough to use an experienced and qualified practitioner. Why do people have lip filler? It can be a great way of enhancing the lips, giving a more substantial and fuller look, and a softer one too!
The procedure involves a very small needle that is used to insert tiny amounts of a substance called hyaluronic acid into the lips. This is a natural acid that already occurs in the body, and is entirely safe. However, there are two things that may occur naturally after such a procedure that may be alarming to the first-time patient, and these are lip swelling and bruising. Bruising is always going to be present after such invasive procedures and swelling of some form is likely. What can you do to alleviate these problems?
Reducing Lip Swelling
After you have undergone your dermal filler procedure you will notice bruising, particularly the ay after. This will last a few days and will fade, and you can hide it with lip gloss or lipstick, while taking care with the application.
Swelling is a different matter. There will in all cases be some swelling immediately after the event. This should – and usually does – fade away very quickly, perhaps in a few hours. However, it can be a little longer before all the swelling is gone and you get to see the effects of your fuller lips. On the first day you should see most of the swelling subside: if this doesn’t happen, you need to keep a close eye on the lips in case of a problem – be aware that this is very unlikely with modern dermal filler procedures.
On the second day you should see less swelling and more of the effects of the treatment, and by day 4 you should have no swelling remaining, and should be able to see the difference. The swelling can be exaggerated, however, if you do any of the following:
- Indulge in strenuous exercise soon after the treatment
- Fail to drink enough water to prevent dehydration
- Indulge in kissing or any other lip contact while in the recovery period
- Drink through a straw, which may seem a good idea but puts undue pressure on the lips.
Avoid all of the above for a few days after the treatment, and you might find that an ice pack on the lips for short periods also helps.
If you do suffer excessive swelling – or indeed bruising that looks unusual or any other unexpected symptoms – following your lip filler procedure it is important you get in touch with the practitioner who carried out the procedure, or contact a doctor. There should be no untoward swelling or bruising after a few days.
Dermal filler is a procedure that is carried out thousands of times a day so there is no need to be afraid, and the chances of exaggerated problems are slim if you follow the advice above.