When to Consider Ibuprofen After Lip Injections
At Bellava MedAesthetics, we want every lip filler patient to heal comfortably. Many wonder if they can take ibuprofen or other pain relievers after their treatment. Below we discuss using anti-inflammatory medications following lip injections.
What Lip Fillers Are For
Lip fillers are popular nonsurgical treatments that add subtle volume and definition to the lips. Here at Bellava MedAesthetics, we use smooth hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane.
Our expert injectors strategically place small amounts of filler along the lip border and in the body of the lips to achieve gorgeous enhancement. We also treat fine lines around the mouth.
While the procedure itself is quick and comfortable, some swelling, bruising, and tenderness are common during recovery. This is temporary and improves day by day.
Pain Management After Lip Filler
It’s normal for lips to feel tender, swollen and achy for several days following injections. Discomfort typically peaks at around days 2-4 before gradually resolving over 1-2 weeks.
Using ice packs, sleeping elevated, gentle massage, arnica, and drinking plenty of water all help minimize pain. But is it okay to take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or other oral pain relievers?
Can I Take Ibuprofen After Lip Fillers?
At Bellava MedAesthetics, we generally recommend avoiding ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, naproxen, and Aleve for 5-7 days after lip filler injections.
NSAIDs thin the blood and may increase bleeding, swelling, and bruising when taken immediately after an invasive procedure like lip fillers. They also inhibit the body’s inflammatory pathways important for proper healing.
However, ibuprofen appears safe for pain relief 24-48 hours after lip fillers once the risk of post-injection bleeding has passed.
Of course, always check with your injector first before taking any new medications after your procedure. Avoid ibuprofen if you have bleeding risks or react poorly to NSAIDs.
Pain Relief Alternatives After Getting Lip Fillers
While ibuprofen may be taken a day after lip injections, we recommend trying these safer options first:
Tylenol is the preferred initial pain reliever after lip fillers. It can be taken immediately and does not affect bleeding or healing.
Homeopathic arnica supplements and gels minimize bruising and swelling when applied to the treatment area.
Topical numbing creams
Over-the-counter topical anesthetics like lidocaine cream temporarily numb lips. Apply sparingly as needed.
Icing for 10-15 minutes each hour reduces inflammation and discomfort. Don’t apply ice directly on the skin.
Rest and hydration
Drink lots of water and avoid strenuous activity to let your body heal. Take it easy as much as possible.
Vitamin C, bromaline, fish oil, and turmeric may aid recovery. Check with your provider before starting supplements.
With these natural healing aids, ibuprofen is often unnecessary. But it remains a backup option for severe lip filler pain persisting more than 24 hours after injections.
Taking Ibuprofen Before Lip Fillers
What about ibuprofen before getting lip injections? This is safe in moderation.
Some patients proactively take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen an hour prior to their appointment to minimize swelling. A standard 200-400mg dose is appropriate.
Just be sure to notify your provider about any medications or supplements taken before the procedure. Avoid high ibuprofen doses before lip fillers.
FAQs About Ibuprofen and Lip Fillers
Below we answer some common questions about using ibuprofen after lip enhancement:
How long after lip fillers can I take ibuprofen?
Wait at least 24 hours after lip filler injections before cautiously taking a low ibuprofen dose.
Does ibuprofen help lip filler swelling?
Yes, it may help reduce inflammation but other options like cold therapy work well with fewer risks.
Can I take Tylenol after lip fillers?
Yes, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is safe immediately following lip injections to relieve pain and swelling.
What happens if you take ibuprofen after lip fillers?
It may worsen bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Avoid ibuprofen for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
Is ibuprofen safe to take every day after lip fillers?
We suggest only using ibuprofen sparingly 1 day after lip injections until discomfort subsides. Acetaminophen is a safer regular option.
Should I take ibuprofen after lip fillers?
Ibuprofen is not recommended immediately after lip fillers. It’s okay to use cautiously 24-48 hours later if swelling is severe. But other remedies work well for most patients.
What OTC pain medication can I take after lip injections?
Acetaminophen (Tylenol), topical numbing creams, arnica, and cold therapy are go-to options for managing lip filler discomfort.
Can I take Advil for lip filler pain?
Advil (ibuprofen) may be used in moderation 24-48 hours after lip fillers if other methods don’t relieve swelling. But proceed with caution and seek guidance.
Experience Safe, Comfortable Lip Enhancement
We hope this guide helps explain when it’s appropriate to use ibuprofen and other NSAID pain relievers after your lip filler appointment. Avoid these medications right away, but they may provide relief 24 hours later if needed.
For optimal healing and comfort after lip injections, consult our team at Bellava MedAesthetics. We’re always happy to answer your questions! Contact us today to schedule your lip filler consultation.