All things Lip Fillers: from swelling, pain factor to pregnancy


Are you considering lip fillers to achieve the lips you’ve always dreamed of? If so, you likely have questions about the procedure, including whether it hurts, how long swelling lasts, what lip fillers are, and whether they are safe during pregnancy. In this comprehensive guide, The Cosmetic Skin Clinic address these common queries and more, providing you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about lip fillers. 

What Are Lip Fillers? 

Lip fillers, also known as dermal fillers or lip injections, are cosmetic treatments designed to add volume, shape, and definition to the lips. They are typically composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that attracts and retains moisture, providing hydration and plumpness to the lips.  

How does it work? 

Lip fillers are administered through a series of injections, strategically placed to enhance the size and shape of the lips. The results of lip fillers are immediate, with fuller, more voluminous lips achieved shortly after treatment.  

Do Lip Fillers Hurt? 

One of the most common concerns people have about lip fillers is whether the procedure is painful. While discomfort levels can vary from person to person, most individuals report minimal discomfort during the injection process. Our practitioner will typically apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area beforehand to help minimise any discomfort. Additionally, many lip fillers contain lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, which further reduces pain during the procedure. Overall, the discomfort associated with lip fillers is usually mild and well-tolerated by most patients. 

How Long Does Lip Filler Swelling Last? 

After receiving lip filler injections, it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising in the treated area. Swelling typically peaks within the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure and gradually subsides over the following days. In most cases, swelling resolves completely within one to two weeks, although individual experiences may vary.  

To help minimise swelling and speed up the healing process, it is essential to follow The Cosmetic Skin Clinic’s aftercare instructions of potentially:

  • applying ice packs
  • avoiding strenuous activities
  • avoiding certain medications that can thin the blood and increase bruising

Can You Get Lip Fillers While Pregnant? 

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s essential to consult with our medical practitioners before undergoing any cosmetic procedures, including lip fillers. While hyaluronic acid fillers are generally considered safe for most individuals, there is limited research on the effects of lip fillers during pregnancy and breastfeeding. As a precautionary measure, The Cosmetic Skin Clinic advise against undergoing elective cosmetic treatments during pregnancy and breastfeeding to minimise potential risks to both the mother and baby. It’s essential to prioritise the health and safety of yourself and your child during this time. 

Longevity of Lip Filler Results  

Lip fillers are a semi-permanent cosmetic enhancement. While the initial results are immediate, the longevity of the effects varies depending on factors such as the type of filler used, individual metabolism, and lifestyle factors. Typically, lip fillers last anywhere from six months to a year before requiring touch-up treatments to maintain the desired appearance. 

Potential Lip Filler Risks and Side Effects 

While lip fillers are generally safe when administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner like The Cosmetic Skin Clinic team, there are potential risks and side effects to be aware of. These may include allergic reactions, infection, asymmetry, lumps or bumps in the lips, and vascular complications. It’s essential to discuss these risks with our expert practitioners to ensure you understand the potential outcomes before proceeding with treatment. 

Post-Treatment Care 

Proper aftercare is essential for optimising results and minimising complications after lip filler treatment. Follow your practitioners’ instructions carefully, which may include avoiding excessive sun exposure, refraining from touching or pressing on the lips, and scheduling follow-up appointments as needed. Additionally, stay hydrated and maintain a healthy lifestyle to support the healing process and prolong the longevity of your lip filler results. 

Lip fillers at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic 

Lip fillers can be an excellent option for enhancing your lips and achieving a fuller, more youthful appearance. While discomfort and swelling are common after the procedure, they are typically mild and temporary, with most patients experiencing minimal downtime. However, it’s essential you book a consultation with our experts and follow their recommendations for optimal results and safety. Whether you’re looking to add subtle volume or plumpness to your lips, lip fillers can help you achieve the perfect pout you’ve always desired. 

Book your Lip Filler consultation with our expert team or call our London or Buckinghamshire clinic today on 0330 057 211 

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