If this is your first time getting lip fillers, you likely have many questions. Like every new procedure, there’s a lot to keep in mind and a lot that you may not know. Among all the common questions, most people want to know how long the necessary recovery period is.

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Is a Recovery Period Needed After My Lip Filler Procedure?

The good news is that there isn’t any necessary downtime. You will likely feel a little discomfort for the 12-24 hours after your appointment.

After the appointment, you will most likely experience swelling and possibility some bruising. This should go away within 24-48 hours. Many clients decide to schedule their appointments on a day where they know they can have a few days to heal and let the swelling subside.

Aftercare Tips

In order to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly and that you’re able to return to your daily routine shortly after your appointment, here are some tips on what to do and what to avoid immediately following your appointment and during the recovery time.

Avoid Trauma to the Lips

The lips are a very sensitive area. To help the injections settle and to prevent your lips from swelling or bruising more, be careful not to bump or bite your lip.

Don’t Eat Food That’s Too Hot or Too Cold

Shocking your lips with extreme temperatures may slow down the healing process and impact how your lip fillers settle. Immediately after the procedure, sensations in your lips may feel different, so be sure to avoid foods that you know are going to be either too hot or too cold. 

Avoid Alcohol and Blood Thinning Medications

Consuming alcohol will increase the risk of your lips bruising as it thins your blood. Similarly, you should avoid taking any medications that may thin your blood. If you want to take some for pain relief, speak with your injector about what they recommend.

Avoid Strenuous Activity

While it’s a good idea to keep up with routine exercise, you should avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after your appointment. Extreme sports and rigorous exercise can increase the risk of your lips swelling and bruising. To avoid this, skip a day or two at the gym after you get your new lip fillers.


Lip fillers are a non-invasive procedure that many people undergo. While there is no required downtime, you can expect to need a few days before you feel like you’re back to normal. Your lips will likely be sore, and you’ll experience some swelling and bruising, but preparing yourself ahead of time and following our advice can help your lips recover quickly and get you back to your usual routine.