How long does the swelling last after lip injections?

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Swelling does not always occur after lip injections

Thank you for your question. As everyone heals and recovers differently after a lip injection, not everyone experiences swelling. If it does occur, it is usually within the first 24 to 48 hours, and it will subside. The lips take about 2 weeks to settle with the new product in them. Be patient with your results. Icing the lips immediately after injections and repeated sessions of icing on the lips for the first 24 hours can help relieve swelling quicker. Elevated sleeping the first night is recommended to reduce any swelling in the face and lips. 

Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Duration of Lip Swelling after Injection

Thank you for your question. Bruising and swelling is a common side effect of lip injections. It can take up to two weeks for all swelling and bruising to subside. Icing the area will help reduce some of the swelling. Arnica is also helpful for minimizing swelling and bruising.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Lip Filler

Swelling really depends on the type of filler used!  Volbella hardly swells at all, it is smaller, and absorbs less water- perfect for fine lip lines, Juvederm Ultra Plus may swell a bit more than Juvederm Ultra, but worth it for the extra fluff if you want it!  Avoid aspirin & ibuprofen to help avoid bruising, and definitely use ice before & after!

Melanie L. Petro, MD
Birmingham Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lip swelling after injection duration

It will last up to about 1 week in some cases. The majority of the swelling is done after a couple days. After about 10 days, the lips are at their size that will last the next few months.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The Swelling Question--Lip Augmentation with Fillers (Restylane, Juvederm) or Lip Implant or Fat

Swelling can last up to 1-2 weeks after lip injections. I recommend seeing a filler expert for the best results. Lip implants or fat can also be used for a more permanent solution. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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How long does the swelling last after lip injections?

Swelling from lip fillers  can vary from person to person, and can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Ice is probably your best bet to help it go down faster. Some physicians also recommend Arnica, which helps with both bruising and swelling. 

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does The Swelling Last After Lip Injections?

Thank you for your question.  After lip augmentation with a dermal filler such as Juvederm, it will take 2 weeks to allow for normal postprocedure swelling and bruising to resolve and to see your final result.  Icing is beneficial for up to 48 hours after the procedure in order to help minimize postprocedure swelling.  Arnica is also helpful for minimizing normal postprocedure swelling and bruising.  Hope this helps and best wishes! 

How long does the swelling last after lip injections?

Thank you for sharing your excellent question.  It often takes up to 2 weeks for fillers to soften and the tissues to appear more natural.  In the meantime try reducing the swelling by using cold compresses to your lips and elevating your head at night with a couple of extra pillows behind your back.  You may want to also consider using Arnica Montana and bromelain as supplements.  Hang in there!

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling After Lip Filling

Dear niemanla:

Swelling of the lips after filler injections normally subside between 1-2 weeks after procedure.  Best wishes.

Swelling after lip injections

It can take up to two weeks for the swelling to subside after lip injections.  Using ice on the area afterward is helpful.  If you have bruising you may consider using the supplement Arnica to help with that.

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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