Not all exercise is created equal. When it comes to lip fillers, the type of activity you’re engaged in has a direct effect on how safe it is to work out after getting injections. Most lip injections are temporary and will disappear over time, but if done correctly, your new pout will last for several months.
Get Informed Before Your Treatment.
The best way to find out if you can work out after getting lip fillers is to ask your doctor. Before you make an appointment, it's important to do some research so that you're prepared for the consultation.
Here are some questions and topics of discussion to bring up with your cosmetic injector:
What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?
How long will recovery take?
How much does it cost?
Are there any side effects or risks I should be aware of? (This is especially important if you have allergies or other medical conditions.)
Be Cautious About Expressing and Frowning.
You may want to avoid pursing your lips, and use them for anything but a smile. This is because the muscles that allow you to express are also connected to the muscles that allow you to frown. When you frown, it pulls on the fillers and could break them off.
The same goes for whistling and talking—in fact, if you have lip fillers in place, it's important not to talk much at all! As with any surgical procedure, there will be some swelling after your appointment; talking may make this worse and could cause more damage than good if done too soon after getting lip fillers.
Wait for Swelling to Subside.
It is important to wait until the swelling has subsided completely. Lip fillers can cause swelling that can last up to two weeks, depending on your body and how you heal. Swelling is a normal part of the healing process after getting lip injections or any other cosmetic procedure, but it’s also something you can reduce with ice and rest as well as medication if necessary.
Ice to Reduce Swelling.
Ice can help reduce swelling in the days after getting lip fillers, but it's important to be careful. First, do not apply ice directly to your skin; this can cause frostbite and would definitely not be safe. Instead, use a cold compress or cloth between the ice and your skin. Also be sure to limit your time with ice: no more than 20 minutes at a time and don't apply directly on the lip area!
Listen to Your Body.
Pushing yourself too hard can cause pain and trauma to the muscles, which is one of the side effects of lip fillers. If you feel any pain or discomfort during exercise, stop immediately.
If you are not sure about whether or not it is safe for you to exercise after getting your lip fillers, ask your doctor. They will be able to guide you in making a decision based on your medical history and their experience with patients who have undergone similar treatments.
If there is a chance that exercising may worsen a condition that causes swelling (such as an allergic reaction), then talk with your cosmetic surgeon about what activities are appropriate for the first few days following surgery.
Give yourself time before working out after getting lip fillers.
When you get lip fillers, your body will go through several stages of healing. Your lips may be sore and swollen for several days. It's still important to give yourself time before working out after getting lip fillers.
The first 48 hours after the procedure should be spent resting and relaxing as much as possible so you can recover from any bruising and swelling that occurs during injections.
Avoid anything that could cause bruising or further irritation, including:
over-exposure to the sun or other heat sources (i.e., tanning beds)
After about 48 hours, if your lips are still swollen but not bruised anymore, it’s safe to work out lightly such as walking or yoga classes. If there is no more swelling or bruising by then—and if you feel up to it—you can increase your workouts gradually until you return to normal activity levels (just be sure not to overdo it!).
In short, lip fillers are a great way to improve your appearance. However, it’s important to think about the risks and benefits before your treatment, so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it's right for you.