After months of research, numerous consultations, and countless questions to your doctor, you've done your due diligence and have finally decided to take the plunge. You got lip filler! As the product settles in and your newly-enhanced features are starting to settle, a few pretty common themes tend to take shape in the form of potential swelling, soreness, and bruising. Don’t fret — keep reading for your comprehensive post-care guide.
ICE, ICE BABY
Make sure to apply an ice pack or a cold compress directly to the lips shortly after getting filler. Aside from providing some soothing relief to the area, this slows down blood flow, which in turn helps to reduce the chances of eventual bruising and swelling. Use the ice pack for ten to fifteen minutes at a time a few times a day as needed, but don’t apply too much pressure as you don’t want to risk moving the filler around.
CALM THE SWELL
Don’t freak out — post-treatment swelling is always the most dramatic in the day or two following your appointment. Ensuring that you stay extra hydrated can help the situation, as it encourages the extra fluid to leave the treatment area. Also, try to keep your head elevated. The aforementioned ice method can also keep swelling at bay, as can popping an allergy pill. If you’re the type who has seasonal allergies, a Benadryl can help with overall de-puffing just as it does when pollen is in abundance.
Consider skipping that hot yoga session after you get filler — the chances of swelling tend to increase when the area is exposed to extreme heat, and when your heart rate increases dramatically. Chill out for 48 hours just to be safe, then resume your regularly-scheduled physical activities as normal.
BATTLING SOME POSSIBLE BRUISING
While arnica is typically recommended to treat bruises, the ideal outcome is to have no bruising at all. With the right practitioner, bruises are few and far between, and at West Dermatology, we pride ourselves on having the best board-certified dermatologists in the country so that our patients get the best results. Make sure to see a board-certified medical professional you trust, do your research, and the chances of bruising won’t even be a concern.
Follow the above tips, and your pout will be perfect in no time. If you want more personalized advice, we’re here for you! Feel free to reach out to our board-certified medical professionals today to schedule your consultation and appointment.