When Can You Kiss After Lip Filler Injections?

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Your Guide to Safely Kissing Post-Procedure Without Complications

Getting lip filler injections can provide a quick yet dramatic way to add volume and shape to your lips. However, once you leave your plastic surgeon’s office with a newly plumped pout, you likely have questions about what you can and can’t do as your lips heal. 

One of the most common questions we hear is when can I kiss normally again after getting lip fillers?

Kissing engages the lips in a range of motions that require pressure and friction against another set of lips. So it’s understandable to wonder if your typical kissing habits could disturb the lip filler material while it integrates into your lips or lead to other complications.

To help you pucker up safely, we’ve put together this complete guide on kissing after lip fillers. Read on for tips from our experts on the ideal timeline for everything from occasional pecks to passionate makeout sessions post-injections.

When Is It Safe to Resume Kissing After Lip Injections?

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The short answer is that most patients can cautiously resume kissing from 24 to 48 hours after their lip filler appointment. However, the intensity of the kissing matters. Here are our general guidelines based on different kissing activities:

  • Light or occasional kisses: 24 hours post-injections
  • Regular kissing: 48 hours
  • Passionate or vigorous kissing: 3 to 5 days

We provide specific instructions on when you can resume your normal kissing habits based on factors like the amount of filler injected and your individual healing process.

Consult with our board-certified plastic surgeons at Bellava MedAesthetics to ensure the ideal timeline for resuming kissing activities 

Why You Should Avoid Kissing Right After Lip Fillers

There are a few important reasons why kissing immediately after your lip filler treatment is not advised:

Infection Risk

Any injection into the body carries a small risk of infection. Lip filler injections create tiny puncture points in the delicate lip tissue. Vigorous kissing too soon could introduce bacteria and increase the chance of developing an infection.

Waiting at least 24 hours allows the tiny injection points time to seal and heal properly. This reduces the risk of transmitting infectious germs through lip-to-lip contact.

Swelling and Discomfort

It’s completely normal for your lips to be swollen, lumpy, and tender after lip injections. This is the body’s natural inflammatory response to the filler material. Intense kissing with swollen lips could be uncomfortable or even painful. Gentle, light kisses are safest in the first 24 hours.

Filler Displacement

The filler material needs time to properly integrate into the tissue without being squeezed, smushed, or shifted around. Aggressive kissing actions like deep sucking or pulling on the lips shortly after injections could potentially displace some of the filler from the ideal injection sites.

This can lead to unevenness or unsatisfactory results. Letting the filler settle for about 48 hours helps ensure it stays where intended.

Longevity of Filler Results

Being extremely vigilant about avoiding strenuous use of the lips for 2 to 3 days after injections allows the treated area time to fully stabilize. This helps maximize the longevity and effectiveness of the filler results.

What to Expect When Kissing After Lip Fillers

Once the 2- to 3-day post-injection period has passed, kissing should not feel notably different than before your procedure. However, here are some things to keep in mind as you ease back into lip locking:

1Your lips may feel slightly firmer, thicker, or more sensitive at first as you get used to the effects of the filler. This usually resolves within 2 weeks.
2Take it slow at first. Vigorous kissing could be uncomfortable until swelling and tenderness fully resolve.
3Avoid biting or tugging motions that put excessive pressure on the lips for the first 5 to 7 days.
4Increased bruising, swelling, and discomfort are signs you may be overdoing it too soon.
5The plumping effects of lip fillers can temporarily alter lip sensation. Be extra gentle with your kissing partner’s newly filled lips.
6Stay hydrated and use lip balm to keep your lips moisturized as they heal.

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How Long Do Lip Fillers Last with Normal Kissing Habits?

when can you kiss after lip fillers

For most lip filler patients, resuming normal romantic kissing once healed does not shorten the longevity of lip filler results.

With smooching sessions that don’t get too aggressive, there is minimal effect on the filler material. Passionate or intense kissing more frequently may cause the effects to wear off slightly sooner. But occasional, gentle kissing should not impact duration.

On average, our lip fillers last 6 to 12 months with expected fading over time. Avoiding strenuous lip activity for the first few days allows the filler to integrate best for optimal longevity. 

Adhering to our post-care guidelines can help you get the most out of your treatment.

Can You Make Out After Lip Injections? Tips for Safe Smooching

Once the 48-hour mark has passed, most forms of kissing are back on the table – including making out! However, we recommend patients take a gradual approach to more passionate kissing for the first week. 

Here are our tips:

DaysKissing Guidelines
Days 1-2Avoid all lip-to-lip contact beyond very light pecks.
Days 3-4Try brief kisses with limited motion and pressure.
Days 5-7Slowly ease into moderate kiss sessions with gentle motions. No biting, sucking or aggressive tongue action.
Day 8+Making out is ok as long as it isn’t overly forceful or vigorous.

The key is to slowly ramp up duration and intensity over the first week as your lips continue to stabilize. If kissing causes pain, excessive swelling, changes to lip shape, or hardened lumps, go back to very light pecks only for a few more days. Pushing things too fast can result in complications.

Steps to Safely Making Out After Lip Filler Injections

Follow these tips for smooching success after your lip injection appointment:

  1. Use plenty of lip balm before kissing to prevent dryness or chapping as your lips heal. Reapply as needed.
  2. Tell your kissing partner to take it slow and keep pressure gentle, especially for the first week.
  3. Avoid tugging on the lips or locking into a deep lip sucking embrace.
  4. If your lips feel tender, take occasional kissing breaks.
  5. Stay hydrated to support healing.
  6. Watch out for symptoms like severe bruising, swelling, redness, and pain that signal it’s time to stop.
  7. No biting or nibbling motions that put concentrated pressure on one spot.
  8. Apply ice if your lips are sore after makeout sessions the first week.

With patience and by slowly ramping up the intensity, you’ll be back to satisfying smooch fests in no time!

Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Safely Kissing After Lip Injections

The ideal timeline for resuming kissing activities may vary based on factors unique to your treatment. Be sure to ask our board-certified plastic surgeon the following:

  • When can I kiss lightly after my lip filler treatment?
  • How long should I wait before extended kissing or making out sessions?
  • What signs or symptoms should I watch for related to kissing too soon?
  • What precautions should I take when kissing for the first 1-2 weeks post-injections?
  • Will kissing or making out frequently negatively impact my results?

Carefully following our injector’s recommendations can help prevent complications and maximize your lip filler outcome. 

Contact Bellava MedAesthetics for Your Lip Filler Treatment

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If you’re interested in achieving gorgeous, natural-looking lip enhancement through filler injections, the experts at Bellava MedAesthetics offer a premier level of care, safety, and results.

We provide Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, and Radiesse lip treatments performed by board-certified plastic surgeons at our state-of-the-art facility in New York. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

For more information on safely resuming activities after lip filler injections or to schedule your lip enhancement consultation, contact Bellava MedAesthetics today at (914) 809-9693 or request an appointment online.

Nick Adams


About Nick Adams

Owner/CFO/CMO Nick Adams oversees both the financial and marketing actions along with the day-to-day operations at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center. He is passionate about the aesthetics and plastic surgery industry and is committed to helping Bellava’s clients look and feel their best.

A seasoned medspa owner, Nick entered the business when he, along with his wife Dr. Donna D’Alessio, founded the highly regarded Bellava MedSpa & Pain Center in Bellava, New Jersey. At Bellava, Nick spearheaded all of the business strategies and marketing solutions. He brings to Bellava a keen understanding of what makes for an outstanding Medspa experience. First and foremost, this includes a top-notch medical and aesthetics team who place a strong emphasis on customized patient care.

Nick attended the University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate and the MBA program at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he majored in Accounting and Finance. He spent the early part of his career as CFO for prestigious New York City law firms, including Cohen Robin Stine Schumann, LLP and Fabiani Cohen & Hall, LLP. Additionally, Nick is active in fundraising for the University of Miami athletic program.

In his spare time, Nick enjoys softball, boating, and spending time with his wife and twin girls.

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