Is it normal to return to work right after getting Restylane silk lip filler? And when is it advisable to wear makeup again?

Plus any tips to prevent swelling and bruising?

Doctor Answers 21

Return to Work After Filler

Great Question!  After injecting Restylane Silk, you should be able to return to work immediately.  You may have some swelling and bruising that may start the first couple days after treatment.  There are some simple things you can do when no one is watching, such as icing, but it is really up to you and how comfortable you are with going to work. You can also apply makeup directly after injecting to cover up any bruising that may occur. Best wishes, Dr. Aldo:-)

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Restylane Silk

After injecting Restylane Silk, you are able to return to work right away.  Swelling and bruising however, can start within the first couple days of injecting, so it really is up to you and how comfortable you are with going to work. You are able to wear makeup directly after injecting to cover up any bruising that may occur. Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Returning to work after Restylane Silk to lips

It is fine to go back to work after having Restylane Silk injections to your lip. Just be aware that there will be some element of swelling to the lips and they will be larger than the final result for the first 24 hours. 

Michael T. Somenek, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Downtime of Lip Augmentation with Fillers

You can return to work after Restylane Silk injections to lips however swelling typically peaks within the first couple of days after injections so it really depends on your comfort level with your job and coworkers. There is also a risk of bruising. Ice after treatment can help reduce swelling. Post care instructions regarding ice and wearing makeup will be given at your visit.

Kathleen Morno, MD
Highland Park Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Things to do after lip injection with restylane silk

I recommend that you ice as much as possible after a lip injection. If you are able to ice at work, you could return to work. Often people will do lip injections on Friday so they can ice that night and the next night. I find that taking arnica montana and drinking pineapple juice help with swelling.

Jean Keamy, MD
Westborough Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Restylane Silk....

Yes, you can return back to work after any injections.  There are no job restrictions.  However, you may want to consider that there will be swelling, possible bruises, and some numbness to the area that was injected.  If you are open with your co-workers that is absolutely fine.  As for makeup, as long as you are not actively bleeding I see that there should not be any problem.  Enjoy!

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Return to work after lip filler

Thanks for your question!  Some people feel that they're able to go back to work right after lip injections.  Others take the rest of the day off.  I recommend that if you have never had lip injections before, I recommend patient's to take the next day off as you do not know how much swelling or bruising you may have.

Gregory Baum, MD
Syracuse Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Swelling after Restylane silk

It is normal to have bruising and swelling after Restylane silk and other fillers.  Ice packs and Arnica can help.  Good luck!

Jennifer Trent, MD, FAAD
Sarasota Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews


Swelling from Restylane Silk can vary from mild to significant. In the few hours after the injection, most patients' lips do not swell to the point that they need to avoid being in public. However, you may experience significant swelling 5 or 6 hours after the injection as well as during the morning after. Swelling should then begin to subside through the second day. Wearing makeup post injection is not an issue! Best of luck. 

Justin Harper, MD
Columbus Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Restylane Silk Lip Injections

I use Silk almost exclusively when I inject lips. Handles smoothly and avoids duck appearance. Highlights lip edges and appears to hydrate. The lips are very vascular and I advise to expect 1-3 days of light bruising. Not something I feel is best done over a lunch hour, unlike Botox. Makeup can be applied immediately. Icing is key. My patients receive an ice pack for 5 minutes post procedure. Also advised to apply ice pack to lips for 20 minutes out of every hour that evening. Natural result, that doesn't look overdone, usually appears when swelling has subsided. Take it easy the night following the injection. Grab a SinEcch arnica pack after the procedure, and you're basically prophylaxing against swelling from all angles. Best of luck.

Brian M. Derby, MD
Sarasota Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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