This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Get Lip Fillers

Lip fillers are injections that enlarge the lips, making them appear plumper and more full. Also known as lip injections, lip fillers are a simple, in-office cosmetic procedure that is fairly quick and minimally invasive (via Insider). The procedure is typically performed by either a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon and involves injecting dermal filler into the lips and around the mouth.

Most commonly, dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid — a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid can help draw in moisture and increase volume in the lips. This can give your lips a fuller appearance and even change their shape. In general, though, lip fillers can help smooth out the lines on your lips, increase the definition and projection, and redefine the peaks in the middle of your top lip. Lip fillers are only temporary, however, so you'll need to get injections every 6 to 18 months to maintain the appearance you desire.

Lip filler aftercare

After your procedure, your lips will likely be tender and swollen and may appear bruised or red. While these reactions are perfectly normal and should dissipate on their own, they can be painful and uncomfortable in the short term (via Healthline). That's why it's important to know how to properly care for your lips after the procedure is over. One way you can help your lips heal is by icing them. Continuously applying an ice pack to your lips will help reduce any redness, pain, and swelling.

You can also talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medications to help manage your pain. While Tylenol is safe to take, you should try to steer clear of blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen or naproxen. Furthermore, drinking plenty of fluids and eating hydrating fruits and vegetables can help speed up the healing process. For the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, you should also refrain from wearing makeup on your lips and avoid intense exercise, smoking, alcohol, and flying in an airplane.