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Lip fillers are non-invasive, and the procedure is only mildly uncomfortable instead of extremely painful. Still, it’s natural if you’re feeling a bit nervous before your first lip injection at a lip injection medical spa. Here are a few things to know beforehand so you might feel more prepared.

Keep Your Expectations Realistic

You may want plump, full lips right away, but it’s crucial to know that this just isn’t possible. You won’t walk away from your first appointment with Kylie Jenner lips, and if you’re expecting to, you’ll only be disappointed.

Unlike botox injections, lip fillers won’t change the shape of your lips. Lip fillers are there to enhance your current lip shape and add volume, not completely change the shape, curve, or color of your lips. 

To help give you a better understanding of what you can expect from your first appointment, make sure to speak with your esthetician so that you have a clear picture of what to expect.

There Will Be a Little Discomfort

Lip fillers are injected through a very thin needle. While your esthetician may have a topical numbing cream that they can use on the area, you can still expect to feel a little discomfort when they inject the lip fillers.

You shouldn’t let a fear of pain or needles stop you from proceeding with your lip filler treatment. Talk to us beforehand so we know your fear and be prepared for a little pressure or stinging during the procedure. 

We are very aware that some patients are wary about the pain of the needles, so don’t feel like you’re inconveniencing us. We are willing and able to help as long as you let us know about your concerns ahead of time. 

You May Have Slight Bruising or Swelling

The treatment itself is non-invasive, but you may still experience bruising or swelling afterward. It’s perfectly normal to have bruising, swelling, tenderness, or lumps following the treatment, so don’t panic if you look in the mirror and see something wrong. Side effects should subside within 3 days or so, though some people may experience longer side effects.

Since you may experience some after-effects of the treatment, it may be best to schedule the appointment before the weekend. If you have a wedding to attend or another big event, be sure to plan your appointment several weeks in advance to give your lips plenty of time to recover.

Talk to your esthetician before you take any medication just to be safe. Some over-the-counter medications may actually cause the swelling or bruising to become more noticeable or may affect how your lip filler sets.

Follow All Pre-treatment and Post-treatment Instructions

Your esthetician will give you instructions to follow both before and after your appointment. To ensure the best results, make sure you follow both sets of instructions.

Although instructions may differ between doctors and facilities, some common pre-treatment instructions include avoiding blood-thinning medications and to arrive without any makeup on. Common post-treatment instructions include avoiding strenuous physical activity and makeup for 24 hours, sleeping with an elevated head, and using an ice pack to soothe swelling. 

While you won’t need a long recovery time after your treatment, it’s important that you follow all the instructions that you’re given. This will help facilitate healing and ensure that your lip fillers settle in nicely.


Lip filler injections are a very common aesthetic procedure that millions of people undergo every year. If it’s your first time, though, then it may still seem unnerving.

When you arrive for your first appointment, the most important thing to remember is that we are here to ensure the procedure goes smoothly and that you’re comfortable. Talk to us, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, share your concerns, or ask for advice.