Hyaluronic acid injections have long been used in aesthetic medicine to add volume to the lips. I am sure you already know that this substance is produced by the body, so the procedure is safe and does not cause drug rejection. Nevertheless, the first few days after lip contouring, they swell. This is a normal reaction. Apart from swelling after lip contouring, you may notice bruises, granulomas, and even allergic reactions. But how do you speed up the recovery after lip augmentation? How do you reduce swelling after lip fillers? Read on to find out a few useful tips and tricks.
WHAT CAUSES SWELLING?
The side effects of lip contouring can be divided into expected (that is, not dangerous) and undesirable.
Swelling of the lips in the first days after the procedure is the expected result. It is body’s natural response to the injection of hyaluronic acid. Its molecules attract and bind to water while trying to hold on to it. That is what makes them swell. In the first few hours after the procedure, such a reaction will be quite pronounced. Gradually, the edema subsides, and lips become naturally fuller.
Also, swelling is a natural reaction of soft tissues to damage from a needle. Such swelling is the expected result. It goes away on its own within 2-3 days.
Swelling can also occur for other reasons. There are some unpredictable situations such as, for example, doctor puncturing the wall of a large vessel. This is when you get edema accompanied by a hematoma. Another case could be your intolerance to lidocaine – a pain numbing component that is present in many modern fillers. If you are allergic to lidocaine, then there is a good chance you will end up with excessive swelling of the lips.
Moreover, the lips may swell due to the incompetence of the practitioner, when they inject excess filler or carry out the procedure while there is a clear sign of infection of the soft tissues of the lips.
HOW LONG DOES SWELLING LAST?
Normally, swelling of the lips after hyaluronic acid injection lasts about 2-3 days. It fully subsidies in the following 2-4 days. As mentioned above, it is body’s natural reaction to hyaluronic acid and the injection.
If a large vessel was punctured during the procedure, it will take more time for the tissues to heal. Bruises and swelling completely disappear after 7-10 days.
In other cases, an excess swelling that does not subside for more than a week indicates an allergic reaction to the filler or doctor’s mistake. Such situations require immediate medical assistance.
HOW TO REDUCE SWELLING AFTER LIP FILLERS?
In order to speed up the process of removing edema, follow pre-treatment and post-treatment recommendations of specialists, take care of the lips properly and leave nothing to chance.
First, before the procedure, make sure your chosen medical practitioner checks you for contraindications. Tell the doctor in detail about all your diseases, allergies, and peculiarities of your body.
After familiarizing themselves with your medical history, the practitioner must calculate the required volume of a filler. Discuss the suggested amount. Just before the procedure commences, make sure they use sterile instruments and disinfectants to rule out lip infections that lead to swelling and inflammation!
When you see your lips swell, do not panic. Remember that edema is an adequate response of the body to mechanical intervention. If the work is done well, you have nothing to worry about. Furthermore, expect the excess swelling to go away in a few days. To overcome this issue faster, follow the below recommendations.
First, immediately after the procedure, periodically apply a cold compress (frozen food or ice wrapped in cloth, a cold spoon, etc.).
Second, gentle self-massage before bedtime to help edema to subside.
Third, for several weeks after lips augmentation, apply to your lips special moisturizing and protective lip balms or Vaseline.
Fourth, treat your lips to some nourishing masks. You can make them yourself at home from natural products: cream, cottage cheese, sour cream with the addition of cucumber. Apply the mask from the second day after the procedure, twice a week.
Next, do special facial exercises. They shorten the recovery period.
Also, it is best to avoid applying cosmetics to the mouth area, or to minimize its use.
On hot days, make sure to apply sunscreen to your lips before going outside.
Do not visit pool, sauna, solarium, and beaches to avoid overheating of the treated area.
Clients with frequent herpes outbreaks must undergo preventative procedures to reduce the risk of infection during lips augmentation.
And last, but certainly not least: to reduce swelling after lip filler, choose ONLY appropriately qualified and reputable health practitioner!