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Can I drink alcohol after having lip fillers?

I often get asked this question. The risk of any harm is low, however, if you drink after having lip fillers, you're potentially reducing your bodies ability to heal effectively. Alcohol thins the blood and reduces your body's immune response. This will increase your risk of bruising, swelling and potentially infection.


The advice I give to my clients is to avoid alcohol for 48 hours before and after a lip filler procedure to allow for optimum healing conditions. I also recommend avoiding heavy exercise, saunas and steam rooms on the day and for 48 hours as this could exacerbate the swelling. You will also need to avoid any dental appointments during the first two weeks as the examination or treatment may cause the filler to get pushed out of place.


It's important to keep your lips well hydrated whilst they are healing by drinking plenty of water and using a good quality NEW lip balm (not the bacteria-infested one that's been at the bottom of your handbag for the last two years). Vaseline or petroleum-based lip balms are not recommended as they just create a false moisture barrier and stop your body from actually creating any more moisture in your lips. Use a lip balm that actually sinks into your lips and adds hydration such as a shea butter base, coconut oil etc, these are widely available now.


Ice is your best friend after having lip fillers to manage any swelling. Use an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth for as long as is comfortable, then take it off and put it back in the freezer, rinse and repeat once it's cooled again.


For convenience, I supply you with a goody bag after your lip filler procedure containing a lip balm and an ice pack free of charge.



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