The Lipstick Dilemma: Navigating Lip Color After Lip Filler

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You did it – you took the plunge and got lip filler to achieve the perfectly plump, pillowy lips you’ve always dreamed of. Now you can’t wait to accentuate your newfound curves with your favorite lipstick! But how long should you wait before applying lipstick after a lip filler treatment?

Why You Should Wait to Apply Lipstick

At Montville MedSpa & Pain Center, we understand the excitement of wanting to enhance your revitalized lips. But patience is key during the healing process. Your comfort and safety are our top priority, which is why we recommend waiting at least 24 hours after your lip filler appointment before applying any lip color .

Why wait? Right after the procedure, your lips may still be numb from the anesthetic. Applying lipstick too soon could lead to uneven coverage or bleeding outside of your lip line. 

Give your lips some time to fully heal and settle before lining them. This will ensure the best application and longevity of your lipstick.

We also advise avoiding long-wear, matte lipsticks during the healing period as they can feel too drying on sensitive newly-filled lips. Opt for moisturizing balms or creamy lipsticks in soft, neutral tones instead. Not only will these formulas feel more comfortable, but they’ll also let your natural lip shape and new volume take center stage. 

Once all swelling has subsided in about two weeks, you can gradually introduce bolder hues and textures.

 Read on for tips on timeline, prep, lip care, and how to make the most of your plumped-up pout!

Is It Safe to Wear Lipstick Right After Lip Filler Treatment?

how long after lip filler can i wear lipstick

Let’s start with the question on every lip filler patient’s mind: can I wear lipstick immediately after my appointment?

The short answer is no. As we’ve mentioned previously, we recommend avoiding lipstick right after getting lip injections. Here’s why:

  • Your lips need time to heal. After lip filler injections, your lips will likely be swollen, tender, and even bruised. Applying anything to your lips immediately after can disturb the injection sites and irritate your skin.
  • Lipstick can introduce bacteria. Any makeup you apply could expose your injection sites to bacteria, increasing your risk of infection.
  • It can mess with the filler. Lipstick applied too soon could interact with the filler and affect how well it settles and integrates into your lips.
  • It may not apply smoothly. With swelling and tenderness, lipstick is unlikely to glide on cleanly and evenly right after injections.

So when your appointment wraps up, go easy on your lips. Hold off on lipstick and opt for lip balm instead. Give your lips a few days of recovery before reintroducing lip color.

How Long Can You Put on Lipstick After Getting Lip Fillers?

Most patients can start wearing lipstick again about 1-2 weeks after lip filler injections. But the exact timeline will depend on factors like:

  • Amount of filler injected – More filler means more swelling and healing time needed.
  • Areas treated – The vermilion border takes longest to heal.
  • Type of filler – Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm typically recover quicker than collagen stimulators like Sculptra.
  • Your individual healing – Some patients report quicker resolution of swelling than others.
  • Lipstick formula – Creamy or sheer formulas are safest starting out after 2 weeks. Bolder liquid matte lipsticks may need more like 3-4 weeks.

To determine your ideal lipstick timeline:

  • Discuss with your provider based on your specific treatment
  • Watch closely for resolution of swelling, bruising and tenderness
  • Start with lip balms and lighter textures
  • Only graduate to heavier formulas once your lips feel completely healed

With patience and TLC during recovery, you’ll soon be able to show off your plump pout in your favorite lipstick shades again!

How Do I Know if I Can Already Apply Lipstick After Lip Fillers?

When your lips have had time to heal and feel comfortable again, you can start gradually reintroducing lipstick into your makeup routine. Here are some signs your lips are ready:

  • Swelling has substantially subsided
  • Bruising and tenderness have resolved
  • Lips are no longer dry or flaky looking
  • Your provider has given you the green light

Ease into it slowly with nourishing, gentle formulas free from potential irritants. Stay away from matte liquid lipsticks for now. Build up from sheer balms to creamy crayons and satin lipsticks.

Avoid certain ingredients that could further irritate your healing lips:

  • Fragrance
  • Peppermint or menthol
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial dyes
  • Essential oils

Read labels and do a patch test before applying any new lipstick. If your lips tingle or burn, rinse immediately. Stick to proven safe, moisturizing formulas.

Can I Wear Lip Gloss After Lip Filler, or Should I Wait?

Lip gloss has a lighter feel than traditional lipstick, but should you wait just as long to apply it? Here are some tips:

  • Days 1-7: Avoid lip gloss just as you would lipstick. Lips are too swollen.
  • 1-2 weeks: Light, nourishing lip glosses may be attempted before full lipsticks.
  • 2+ weeks: Once swelling fully resolves, all glosses should be comfortable.

The concerns with lip gloss are similar to lipstick – potential irritation, infection risk, and filler disruption from ingredients or pressure on delicate skin. Avoid super-shimmery or sticky glosses as they may pull on fragile lips. Hydrating, moisturizing formulas are your safest bet.

When unsure, apply gloss only to the center of your lips to avoid graft or injection sites. And do a patch test on less sensitive skin first, like your arm. If your skin reddens or stings, your lips likely will too. Play it safe and give them more time to heal first.

Contact Montville MedSpa for a Consultation

At Montville MedSpa & Pain Center, your safety and satisfaction are paramount. Book a lip filler consultation today to learn more about the treatment process and how to care for your new lips. Our relaxed spa environment provides the ideal setting for enhancing your natural beauty. Contact us now to schedule your appointment.