What causes lip filler swelling and how can I minimize it?

Some swelling after lip filler treatment is completely normal and expected. Here’s why it happens and what you can do to minimize it:

Causes of Swelling:

  • Injection process: The injections themselves cause minor trauma, leading to temporary inflammation.
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA): HA fillers attract water, so your lips may be slightly fuller due to both swelling and the filler itself.
  • Individual Response: Everyone’s body reacts slightly differently; some people naturally experience more swelling than others.

Minimizing Swelling:

  • Pre-Treatment:
    • Avoid blood thinners (consult your doctor), alcohol, and excessive salt intake a few days before your appointment.
    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Immediately After:
    • Apply cold compresses or ice packs wrapped in a cloth to the lips for 10-15 minutes at a time.
    • Elevate your head when sleeping.
  • General Tips:
    • Follow any specific post-care instructions from your injector.
    • Expect the most swelling in the first 24-48 hours. It should gradually subside over the following week.

Get detailed post-treatment instructions for optimal results after your lip filler at House of Aesthetics Huntington Beach. If you have concerns about excessive swelling, contact us for guidance.

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