Lip fillers can transform your face and boost your confidence. Lips lose volume as we age, and some people have thin lips because of their genetics. Lip filler treatments help to boost the volume in your lips, leading to an enviable pout that can completely transform your face.
As with any facial aesthetic treatment, proper aftercare is one of the best ways to ensure the best results. There are plenty of things you can do in the days, weeks and months after your treatment to keep your lips looking pouty and full for longer.
Follow your aesthetician’s advice
When you leave your appointment, we’ll give you a list of dos and don’ts to follow that will help to protect your skin as it heals. These include:
- No alcohol for 24 hours
- No sunbeds, saunas or hot tubs for 48 hours
- No strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours
- Use an ice pack to minimise swelling
- Avoid makeup on your lips for 24 hours
- Skip the abrasive skin treatments for 48 hours
These steps will help to protect the injection site as it heals and ensure that you don’t develop an infection.
Skip the straws
Drinking through a straw forces your lips to pucker, which puts pressure on the skin. This can lead to pain and swelling. Using a straw can also lead to fine lines developing around your lips. If you do have to use a straw, put it to the side of your mouth to avoid puckering your lips around it.
Smoking is terrible for your health and very damaging to your skin. In the days after your lip fillers, you need to stop smoking to reduce the risk of infection, but we’d recommend giving it up for good. Smoking will prematurely age your skin, leading to wrinkles and fine lines. It also leads to lines around the mouth which are known as smoker’s lines.
Massage the filler
While we don’t recommend massaging your fillers in the days immediately after treatment, you should be able to start once the swelling has gone down. A gentle massage will help to eliminate any unevenness in the filler. It also helps to ensure a good lip shape and balance of the filler throughout the lip. If you have any pain while massaging your lips, stop immediately.
Eat and drink well
Lip filler is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a material that attracts and retains water, which leads to a plumped-up appearance. When you’re feeling dehydrated, make sure you reach for water rather than sugary drinks or coffee. Sugar breaks down collagen in the skin, which is essential for keeping the skin looking plump. And caffeine can contribute to dehydration.
Even on a cloudy day, you should always wear sunscreen. And don’t just protect your face, make sure you are protecting your lips with an SPF lip balm. This will help to protect your lips from sun damage and avoid the dreaded dry, flaky skin that often occurs after a long day in the sun.
Upgrade your skincare
Using medical-grade skincare products such as Zo Skincare can help to protect your skin even further. This skincare line allows you to tailor it to your exact needs, ensuring your skin gets exactly what it needs to thrive.
Book a top-up
If you love the way your fillers look, the only way to keep them looking full and pouty is with regular maintenance appointments. Instead of waiting for the filler to break down completely, we recommend top-up treatments. This will use a smaller amount to help maintain the results that you love.
Ready to take the first step on your journey to a perfect, pouty smile? Get in touch with our team to book an appointment today.