Lip Filler: Do's, Don't, Before & After Care

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

It can be super intimidating to receive Juvéderm®,Restylane®, or other dermal fillers for the very first time.

Here at Skin Heaven, we believe that educating our patients allows them to make the best informed decision for their individual needs. We understand that, even though it’s nonsurgical and a relatively painless procedure, receiving fillers can be overwhelming for someone who has never done it.

Because of this, we’ve put together a little guide for what to expect before and after receiving a filler treatment.



  • Avoid blood thinning over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, and Aleve.

  • Avoid supplements, including St. John’s Wort, Gingko biloba, primrose oil, garlic, ginseng, and Vitamin E.



  • Avoid topical products such as Tretinoin (Retin-A), Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acid, or any “anti-aging” products.

  • Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or using hair removal cream on the area to be treated.

  • Do start taking Arnica two days prior to the procedure. (This is not required, but it will help to lessen bruising.)



  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior.

  • Know that you will not be able to exercise 24 hours after your treatment to reduce swelling and bruising.

  • Do not use dermal fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any ingredients, or suffer from neurological disorders. Please inform us if you have any questions about this prior to your treatment.

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  • Arrive at the office with a “clean face”—washed and without makeup.

  • In order to maximize your comfort during the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied.


So you just had your lips done at Skin Heaven Medical Spa. Congrats!!! They look gorgeous. WE HOPE YOU LOVE THEM! We understand that if it is your first time, it may be a bit overwhelming. Do you still have questions? We are here to help!

Here are a few Pro Tips for effective healing.


  • Apply an ice pack and Arnica (if you have some) topically

  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce pain as necessary.

  • Do not take NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. These include but are not limited to: Aleve, Motrin, aspirin. NSAIDs increase bleeding by decreasing the activity of blood platelets and therefore formation of blood clots.

  • Avoid itching, massaging, or picking around the injection site. This is normal and generally disappears within a few hours to a few days. If these symptoms last more than 3 days, please contact our office.



  • Until the swelling and redness have resolved, avoid intense heat in the treated area(s). This includes sunbathing, tanning, saunas, hot tubs, or hot wax.

  • To help alleviate swelling, we recommend an antihistamine during the day, such as Zyrtec or Claritin, and Benadryl at night.

  • If there is a visible bump, you can massage the area. Don't be afraid to put some pressure and rub it out! Depending on the areas treated and the product used, you may feel “firmness.” These areas will soften and settle with time (usually 1-2 weeks).

  • Sunscreen and makeup can be applied, and you may use a gentle cleanser on the area.

  • Have fever and/or chills

  • Have discolored blotches in areas not injected

  • Have blanching of injected areas

  • Notice the area appears red and/or hot to the touch

  • Have severe or increasing pain

XOXO, Skin Heaven Medical Spa

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