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Patient Tips To Minimize Swelling

It is normal to be concerned when some lip swelling occurs right a cosmetic procedure.

After all, despite its highly esteemed results, it still involves the introduction of foreign bodies into one’s skin— especially on a body part as sensitive as the lips for example. 

However, this is no cause for panic or alarm. Swelling is a common side effect of any cosmetic treatment which brings very minimal risks of aggravation. In most cases, it goes away on its own after a few days or weeks.

However, every patient has a unique experience and reaction to a treatment. While applying ice is the most effective way to reduce swelling on those Juvéderm treated lips or Restylane enhancements, here are a few comprehensive steps patients can use to reduce lip swelling, and other types of swelling brought about by a cosmetic treatment.

Why Does Swelling Occur?

Swelling occurs because of the body’s natural reaction to the physical impact of the injection. This injection is a form of minimal trauma that should subside on its own in a short time with no further risks.

Several signs of swelling after fillers that are present at the injection site include the following:

  • Minor swelling
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Warmth

However, when inflammation occurs for a lengthy period after the injection, it is best to contact a healthcare professional immediately.

The optimum type of care regarding any filler-related swelling involves prevention and reduction of swelling before and after the injections.

Pre-Care Treatment

To avoid any swelling, it is highly recommended to follow these steps before the procedure:

  1. Avoid blood thinner supplements if medically possible.
  2. Medications that are not mandatory prescriptions should be avoided a week before the procedure. Some medications may even cause a patient to easily bruise.
  3. Avoid garlic and alcohol 1 to 2 days before the procedure.

How To Reduce Swelling After Dermal Filler Treatment?

1. Apply a cold compress.

Many clinics provide an ice pack right after the treatment to reduce lips swelling after injections right away. A cold compress should be applied for five to ten minutes twice or thrice a day, for as long as necessary.

2. Avoid strenuous exercise or any exposure to heat for at least 48 hours.

This list includes saunas, jacuzzies, and hot yoga. Heat may cause the swelling to worsen and may even induce pain at the injection site. Find alternatives to activities that may lead to elevated body heat from perspiration, or any sort of exposure to a hot environment or surface.

3. Drink plenty of liquids.

Consistent hydration has a lot of beneficial effects on the body. It helps reduce swelling after fillers specifically because it facilitates the healthy excretion of excess fluids from the body.

4. Do not apply pressure to the injection sites.

Avoid touching areas that have been recently treated. Because the swelling is a reaction to the physical impact of the injection, constant touching reinforces the trauma and may worsen the swelling, irritation, and itchiness.

5. Eat healthily.

Eating fruits and vegetables may hasten the healing process. On the other hand, processed foods, excess salt and sodium, spicy foods, and smoking are counterproductive and may worsen the swelling.

6. Avoid makeup on the injected sites for up to 24 hours after treatment.

Give ample time for the skin to breathe. Although makeup can be used to hide the swelling and bruises, the brands and chemical formulation of the product must first be consulted with your doctor.

7. Avoid flying immediately.

The high-altitude air pressure of an airplane may worsen the swelling and bruising.

8. Keep the head elevated.

Avoid subjecting the injection sites to gravity by keeping your head elevated. Sleep face forward and using a slightly elevated pillow. Avoid looking down. These actions may protect the integrity and balance of the dermal fillers.

9. Get enough rest.

Relaxing and keeping the body at ease helps stimulate the cells’ regenerative and healing process.

When to Call A Doctor

In rare cases when the pain, inflammation, and swelling persists and worsens over time, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional. Prescription medications and over-the-counter painkillers may be recommended.

Here are other signs that it is time to call a doctor:

  • Intense bruising or swelling
  • Severe pain at the injection site
  • Change in skin color at the injection site
  • Cold sores
  • Pervasive redness
  • Inflammation that lasts more than a month after treatment


With recent innovations in the field of cosmetics, smooth skin and an effortlessly youthful appearance have been easily achievable because of dermal fillers.

However, the body will always have its natural responses— it needs time time to heal and adjust. Swelling should not be a cause of panic or major concern, as there are many ways to curb this.

When done properly by a licensed physician, the final, full effect will always be worth it.

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