Whether you go for hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, collagen fillers, or permanent silicone implants, you need to know the do’s and don’ts of lip filler aftercare.
Normal side effects of lip fillers can include bruising, itching, swelling, tenderness, and redness. With the right healing regimen you can expect these to go away typically after a week or two.
Ice the Area
Immediately after your treatment, ice the area using an ice pack or cloth-covered ice cube. This will ease swelling, itching, and any immediate pain and tenderness. Ice and cold compresses will also decrease the amount of bruising around the injection site.
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Take Pain Medication
Ask your doctor what pain medication you are and are not allowed to take following the procedure. Tylenol is often recommended, while blood-thinning medications like Ibuprofen and aspirin should be avoided.
Use Arnica and Aloe to Soothe the Area
If bruising around the injection site occurs, use products that contain arnica or aloe to soothe the area. Arnica is a perennial herb that has a variety of healing properties, and actively treats bruises, sprains, inflammation, and muscle aches. You can find arnica in topical solutions or take it as a supplement.
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Avoid Exfoliation and Harsh Cleansers
When washing your face post-lip augmentation, be extra careful. Use a gentle cleanser and avoid exfoliation and any harsh cleaning tools and brushes for 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
Skip the Makeup
For the first few days avoid applying makeup to your face and on your lips. After a day or two, you can use lip products that include shea butter, glycerine, or petrolatum to help lock in moisture and soothe dry areas.
Sleep With Your Head Elevated
Sleep with your head elevated on pillows and steer clear of sleeping on your face. Keeping your face elevated will help decrease swelling, bruising, and other irritations post-filler.
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Contact Athré Facial Plastics Today!
As always, discuss with your doctor the details of your road to recovery and follow their advice for quick healing and great results. If you’re interested in lip augmentation or our other medical-grade skin care products, contact Athré Facial Plastics today to set up a consultation!
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