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How Long Does Lip Filler Swelling Last?

lip swelling after fillers

In recent years, lip fillers have become a popular cosmetic procedure for enhancing lip volume and shape. However, one common concern that pops up from time to time at the clinic is the swelling that follows. This article aims to answer this concern and offers insights into managing and minimising its impact.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are substances injected into the lips to increase their fullness and plumpness. The most commonly used fillers are based on hyaluronic acid (we use this type at The Doctors Laser Clinic), a substance naturally found in the body. The procedure involves injecting these fillers into different parts of the lips to achieve desired results. People opt for lip fillers for various reasons, from enhancing natural lip shape to restoring volume lost due to ageing and creating symmetry.

Understanding Swelling Post Lip Filler Procedure

After a lip filler procedure, it’s normal to experience some degree of swelling. This swelling is a natural response to the injection and the filler material. Factors influencing the extent of swelling include the injection technique, the amount and type of filler used, and individual responses. It’s important to differentiate between typical post-procedure swelling and the uncommon signs of allergic reactions or complications, such as excessive pain, uneven swelling, or discolouration.

Timeline of Swelling

The swelling timeline post-lip filler procedure generally follows this pattern:

  • Immediate Swelling (First 24-48 hours): The lips are likely to be noticeably swollen, which is most pronounced during the first two days post-procedure.
  • Subsequent Reduction (Days 3-5): The swelling starts to decrease significantly, and the lips begin to settle into their new shape.
  • Stabilization Phase (Up to two weeks): Swelling gradually subsides over this period, with the final results becoming apparent after two weeks, give a few days on either side.

This timeline can vary based on individual factors like skin type, age, and the type of filler used.

Managing and Minimizing Swelling

To reduce swelling and enhance recovery, consider the following tips:

  • Apply ice packs or cold compresses to the lips for short periods during the first 48 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and activities that increase blood flow to the face for a few days.
  • Elevate your head with extra pillows when sleeping to reduce swelling.
  • Follow specific care instructions provided by your practitioner, including any recommended over-the-counter products or medications.
  • Curb the kissing until things settle a little. In fact, any touching of that area should be minimalised as much as possible.

When to Consult a Professional

While some swelling is normal, being vigilant for signs of complications is important. If you experience excessive or prolonged swelling, severe pain, or signs of infection, consult with your practitioner immediately. These symptoms are rare, but seeking prompt, professional advice is essential to address any issues and ensure optimal healing.


Understanding the swelling process and following post-procedure care instructions are key to achieving the best possible results with lip fillers. While swelling is a temporary and normal part of the process, knowing what to expect and how to manage it can significantly enhance your comfort and satisfaction with the procedure, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new pout! If you have any questions not answered at your consultation or during treatment, you are welcome to contact us at the clinic at any time.


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