What to eat after lip fillers?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “What to eat after lip fillers?”. We will also talk about what lip fillers are and what to not eat after lip fillers.

What to eat after lip fillers?

You can eat your normal food after lip fillers but be mindful not to touch or wipe the lips for the first 24 hours. Also, avoid eating messy foods that would require you to wipe your face and lips which can disturb the lip fillers to set.

You should wait for the topical anesthesia or the numbing injection’s effect to go away before eating anything because the medication would have made your lips numb and if you bite into your lips that can damage the lip fillers.

Eating plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables along with plenty of water to drink would be beneficial after the lip filler procedure. Avoid eating or drinking sugary foods or drinks as it may make you want to lick your lips often which can affect the lip fillers.

It generally takes 24 hours for the lip fillers to set which is when you can start with your normal food and drinks routine but you should still be careful to not plucker or touch your lips as it can damage the lip fillers.

What are lip fillers?

Lip fillers are injections that are injected into the part of the lips or the whole lips to make them look plump and full by adding volume. Different techniques and substances are used for the procedure of which FDA-approved hyaluronic acid is widely used. 

Other popular techniques include fat transfer where the fat from a different part of the body is removed using liposuction or excision and is either surgically placed or injected into the lips. 

Restylane is also a popular substance that is a non-animal clear gel that is very similar to hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in the body.

Lip fillers generally last 12-18 months but also depend on the age and metabolism of the person with lip fillers. Younger people’s metabolism is very high, thus their fillers do not last much longer compared to the aged people whose metabolism is rather on the lower side.

What not to eat after lip fillers?

After getting the lip fillers, it is vital to look after the lips and give good care so that they last longer and maintain their shape and plumpiness. There are a few things to avoid eating after getting lip fillers.

Alcohol 

Alcohol should be completely avoided for at least 24 hours before and after the procedure as alcohol acts as a blood thinner and can lead to bruising and swelling if alcohol is consumed.

Caffeine 

Drinking coffee or any other drinks with caffeine can cause dehydration. Dehydration is not good for the procedure as it can slow the healing process.

Limit sugar and salt intake

Sugar and salt in the foods and drinks can make you want to lick the lips more often which can cause sensitivity and even infections and also damage the shape of the lips as the lip fillers would not have set.

Hot and cold drinks

As the lips are really sensitive post lip fillers procedure, drinking hot or cold drinks can cause the lips to bruise or feel the pain and tenderness as the lips are still very sensitive due to the procedure.

Cigarettes and vapes  

Cigarettes and vapes should be avoided for at least the first 24 hours after the lip filler procedure as the movement of the lips for you to smoke can cause the lips to pain and can also damage the fillers.

What are the side effects of lip fillers?

Even though the lip fillers make your lips plump and beautiful, there are some side effects that can occur after the procedure which normally go away within a short period of time but sometimes can last for longer.

These side effects are mentioned below.

  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Cold sores
  • Excessive peeling

How to look after the lips after the lip fillers?

The recovery time after a lip filler procedure is normally 24 hours or sometimes can take longer depending on the person. There are some daily acts that can help in quick recovery.

  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Eat easy-to-chew foods, and avoid messy foods.
  • Apply ice packs to heal the swelling.
  • Let the numbness go away before eating to avoid biting your lips.
  • Sleep elevated to keep your head higher to avoid blood pooling in the treated area.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “What to eat after lip fillers?”. We also talked about what lip fillers are and what to not eat after lip fillers.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/22133-lip-fillers

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/lip-fillers-aftercare#side-effects

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