What to Expect Before & After Lip Fillers

by Michael Scivoli

Lip fillers have become popular among the general public after celebrities started to portray their positive results. Due to the popularity of soft tissue fillers, the treatment made the top five cosmetic surgery procedure list in 2020, with over 3.4 million treatments performed.

Fillers can restore or add volume to your lips using non-invasive procedures and help you reach your aesthetic goals and boost your self-esteem. Here’s what you can expect before and after fillers to prepare yourself for the procedure.


Here are some things that can help you prepare for your first lip filler appointment.

Your Physical Health Plays a Key Role

The specialist injecting your lip fillers will evaluate your overall health to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. It is also essential that you don’t have an active oral infection, such as a cold sore.

You should also be in good mental health before getting lip fillers because it is essential to have realistic expectations of the treatment. Being in good physical and mental health will allow you to decide which type of filler is right for you.

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Figure Out Your Aesthetic Goals

Your aesthetic goals play a critical role in determining your potential results. If you’re expecting a drastic change, you may need to get a significant volume of injection. However, if you want a subtle change, discuss this with the specialist and spread out your injections to gradually add volume to your lips throughout multiple appointments.

Prepare for Events Ahead of Time

If you have a big event coming up, such as a birthday party or wedding, plan your lip filler treatment ahead of time. Getting lip fillers too close to your event date can be a problem as you may have swollen lips. Planning your treatment with events in mind will allow you to recover before any event as the injections settle down and look natural.


Here are some things you can expect after your lip filler procedure.

Your Lips Might Be Swollen

Your lips may feel swollen or uncomfortable for a day or two after the procedure. Use ice packs or a cold compress to calm the swelling and relieve the discomfort. Give your lips time to settle down and refrain from touching them.

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You Should Wait to Eat or Drink

Although you are allowed to consume food or drinks after treatment, it is best to wait until the topical anesthetic or nerve block injection has worn off to prevent accidentally biting your lips and disturbing the fillers. It may also be helpful to avoid smoking or drinking with straws or participating in any activities that cause your lips to pucker, as it could disturb the lip filler until it settles in.

The Results Aren’t Permanent

Lip fillers can last a few months, depending on the type of filler you get. Knowing that you may have to come back after a few months allows you to discuss your concerns with the specialist and make plans accordingly. Lip fillers tend to wear off sooner than fillers in other areas as people move the lips more. You may need to touch up your fillers every few months.

Knowing what to expect before and after fillers will prepare you for the treatment and help you enjoy the procedure’s benefits.

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Michael is the Editor-in-Chief of New Jersey Digest, COO of X Factor Media, and an avid writer. Growing up in Bergen County, he discovered his passion for words while in Friday detention. Michael loves kayaking, a fat glass of Nebbiolo, and over-editing.

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