How Painful Is Getting Lip Filler?

Women often put off lip filler treatments as the worry is that the procedure is painful, but the pain level is different for everyone.

Many women are put off getting lip fillers by how painful the treatment apparently is, so if you are considering lip filler but are worried about how much it might hurt, this article is for you. As someone who has carried out the procedure for clients multiple times, I can confidently say that the pain level is different for everyone. However, as a general rule, the discomfort associated with lip fillers is mostly mild and manageable. In this article, I’ll share my personal experience of lip fillers based on over 12 years of clinical beauty practice, including what you can expect during and after the procedure.

What Are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers are one of the most popular beauty treatment trends of recent years. Essentially, fillers are injections of a solution made up of hyaluronic acid that are injected into your lips to plump them up. The effects last from 9 to 18 months, during which time the hyaluronic acid is naturally absorbed back into your body.

Despite the scary name, hyaluronic acid is completely safe, and is actually a natural substance found in your skin tissues, as well as the fluids of your joints and eyes, where it acts as a lubricant and helps your body to counteract inflammation.

What Is Involved With Lip Fillers?

Let’s start with the actual procedure. The process itself is straightforward and quick – just a few minutes per injection with very little pain. During the treatment, which is nonsurgical and usually takes place in an aesthetics clinic, you may feel a slight stinging or pressure sensation. Still, most practitioners use the strongest numbing creams available to make the experience as pain-free as possible. In my experience, the pain level is similar to getting a flu or Covid vaccination: a slight pinch that lasts only a few minutes.

After the procedure, you can expect some swelling, tenderness, and bruising, which is normal and can last for a few days and up to a week. You might also feel some discomfort when you move your lips or smile. However, I found that applying ice to the treated area and taking over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol help relieve any pain or discomfort immensely. I do suggest taking a break from any strenuous activities for a few days after getting fillers done to give the solution time to settle and assimilate with your body, but other than that, it’s a really easy way to add a little bit of pout to your lips for a special occasion, or as part of ongoing beauty treatments.

It’s also important to note that some factors might impact the pain level during the procedure, such as the needle size, the filler type, and the amount injected. When choosing a practitioner, ask them about their experience and training with the specific lip filler you’re interested in and discuss any concerns you might have beforehand.

Are Lip Fillers Right For Me?

One common misconception about lip filler is that it can drastically alter your appearance and make you look ‘fake’. However, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, lip fillers should enhance and highlight your natural features rather than change them dramatically. I find that fillers work best as a subtle enhancement for customers aiming for a more natural look, but you can go as bold as you want.

For most women, you wouldn’t necessarily know that they had lip fillers unless they told you – it’s that natural and subtle. However, as different people prefer different styles of lip filler, it’s important to have open communication with your practitioner about your desired look and to only choose someone you trust.

The pain level is not the only factor to consider before getting lip filler. It’s also essential to have realistic expectations and understand the risks associated with the procedure, such as temporary bruising and swelling. Before the procedure, your practitioner will go through all the potential risks and possible side effects, so you can make an informed decision.

Next Steps

Getting lip filler is not a painful or traumatic experience for most people. Still, it’s crucial to remember that everyone’s pain threshold is different, and there are steps you can take to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, including choosing a practitioner who has expertise with the specific filler you’re using and talking openly with them about your concerns. To find out more, please contact me today.

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