Lip Augmentation Archives | La Jolla, San Diego | Tim Sayed, MD, FACS

What to Expect After Lip Fillers

Lip fillers offer patients the chance to safely explore lasting lip enhancement without the more significant commitment associated with surgery. Filler procedures only take around 30 minutes, and you’ll see instant results that last for several months. By approximately the six-month mark, your body will reabsorb the filler, returning your lips to their natural look.

While our clients love how customizable their outcomes can be, we get a lot of questions about achieving the longest-lasting results possible. Proper aftercare is one of the most critical factors. During your consultation, Dr. Sayed will provide you with a full breakdown of the filler process. Below, we’ve outlined what to expect and how to care for your lips after this transformative treatment. 

It’s crucial to note that every patient is different, and there’s no single post-filler timeline. The type of filler you choose, how much you get injected, your environment, and genetics all contribute to what your results will look like, and how long they’ll last. If you have any further questions, please give our La Jolla and Newport Beach, CA, offices a call today. 

Immediately Following Treatment

In the first few hours after treatment, many patients experience some minor swelling. We’ll provide you with a cold compress to reduce any discomfort and inflammation. For up to six hours, you may need to reapply ice every five to 10 minutes. 

While you’ll see a significant increase in your lips’ size following treatment, some of this volume will be due to swelling. As the swelling subsides, you’ll see your ultimate outcome and your glorious new pout. Depending on how much of a dramatic change you request, you may require multiple treatments to further refine the size and shape of your lips. 

Lip Massage

In some cases, a gentle lip massage can be beneficial in helping create natural-looking results. Your cosmetic injector will inform you of proper lip massage techniques and how often to do so if necessary. Following these instructions is paramount to see the results you want.

If you get home and realize you have a question, don’t hesitate to contact us for clarification. 

Pro tip: Purchase some all-purpose skin protectant ointment from a local pharmacy. This antibacterial cream can help speed healing and reduce any peeling. 

24 Hours of Taking It Easy

During the first day following treatment, we strongly recommend taking a break from any exercise or rigorous activity. Ideally, patients should try their best to stay cool and relaxed, as excess heat or sweat can compromise ideal results. With that in mind, skip the hot shower, sauna, and steam rooms for a little while. Taking walks or engaging in your normal routine is generally fine, but try not to elevate your heart rate, which can make swelling worse. 

It might surprise you, but staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet help fillers last longer and look better. Since lip fillers consist of hyaluronic acid (a substance that naturally occurs in the body), keeping your internal environment running at peak performance can prolong the life of your new pout. 

Minimizing Bruising

Some patients won’t experience any bruising after dermal fillers, but if you do, that’s perfectly normal. You can treat bruising with ice packs and topical creams. Following treatment, try to sleep with your head slightly elevated to avoid any added pressure on the lips.

Mineral makeup can be useful to cover up bruising if necessary, but always use a clean brush.

Stay Grounded: Avoid Flying for Seven Days

In the interest of taking full precautions, we recommend waiting to fly for seven days following treatment. While still unlikely, exposing your new fillers to several hours of cabin pressure can compromise results. Treatment alone already creates quite a bit of pressure on the blood vessels and skin.

If you’re concerned about traveling, ask about booking your procedure three weeks before your trip. This timing ensures you’ll make it to your two-week follow-up appointment, and that your results will be at their peak beauty when you arrive at your destination.

Side Effects to Look For

Dermal fillers have a long history of safe and effective use, but there are some risks with any injectable procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Sayed will thoroughly discuss all possible side effects. Still, it never hurts to know the warning signs ahead of time.

If you experience any continuous or unusual pain, bruising that spreads, excessive heat in the treatment area, or become suddenly unwell, call our office immediately for assistance.

The Two-Week Follow-Up

Patients are welcomed back in two weeks to review their results with Dr. Sayed, if desired. This meeting allows us to be sure you’re fully satisfied with the results. At this point, all bruising and swelling should have subsided. If necessary, we can complete any adjustments. You’ll also have the chance to ask us any other questions that have come up and get “after” photos taken of your new appearance. 

If you’d like to learn more about fillers or our other injectable offerings, the next step is to schedule your virtual or in-person consultation with Dr. Sayed. To get in touch with our La Jolla or Newport Beach offices, please give us a call at 858-24-SAYED or contact us online today. 

How to Get Your Prettiest Pout for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, skip the flowers and chocolates and get your special someone something they’ll adore: your perfectly pouting, plump lips. There may not be any other day of the year where a perfect kiss could mean more.

Dr. Sayed can help you achieve beautiful results that fit perfectly into your lifestyle just in time for Feb. 14. For natural-looking lip enhancement that gradually fades over time, we recommend fillers. For results that last a lifetime, we can discuss fat transfer or lip implants.

Fuller lips have become all the rage from Hollywood to NYC, and for good reason: They look amazing. Celebs like Kylie Jenner, Jenifer Hudson, and Lady Gaga (to name a few) have all admitted to getting – and loving – fillers. Whether you’ve seen your lips gradually become thinner as your body’s collagen production slows down, have always had thin lips, or want to try out luscious, full lips, lip enhancement can help.

Fuller lips provide a youthful appearance that’ll boost your confidence and have you looking fabulous. If you’re ready to get that perfect pout this year and add some spice to your love life this Valentine’s Day, lip augmentation might be the perfect fit. Dr. Sayed has a range of cutting-edge techniques available to fit every lifestyle.


Lip enhancement via fillers is a perfect way to try out fuller lips and surprise your loved one without needing to commit to surgery or permanent results. If you want that extra “wow factor” plump lips provide, fillers are a great first step.

We offer a range of different filler brands, which all work based on the same science, but have slightly different structural makeups. Depending on your desired result and treatment area, Dr. Sayed will help you figure out which one is best for you during your initial consultation.

We use the following products for lip augmentation:

  • Juvéderm® Ultra XC®
  • Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC®
  • Belotero®
  • Restylane® Silk®
  • Volbella®

All of our fillers are highly effective, safe, and FDA-approved to restore any lip volume you’ve lost over the years. Dr. Sayed carefully injects the filler into your lips using a small cannula to create plumpness.

The thought of injecting the lips can seem painful to some, but many lip fillers have mild anesthetics (like lidocaine) to significantly reduce discomfort. For sensitive patients, we can apply additional topical numbing cream. Following your procedure, you may feel some slight swelling or discomfort, but it will pass within a day or two. Applying an ice pack to the area can help too.

After just a few minutes in the office, your results will be immediately visible, and you’ll be good to return to your normal activities – no downtime necessary. Over the next several months to a year, your body will naturally absorb the filler returning your lips to their previous volume.

If you love your fuller lips and want to maintain the new volume, we can plan for touch-up visits to prolong results indefinitely, or discuss more permanent treatment options.

Lip Implants

If you’re ready to commit to lifelong results, lip implants can create a gorgeous lasting enhancement. If you’ve previously gotten fillers and decide to take the next step toward implants, we’ll need to wait for your body to absorb the filler completely before we schedule your procedure.

Dr. Sayed can then place FDA-approved SurgiSil™ implants, made of solid, soft, unshaped silicone, via a small incision in each corner of your mouth. This technique requires a delicate touch and skilled hand but leaves no visible scarring. Dr. Sayed can also combine implants with fillers to create further sculpting and customization.

Fat Transfer

For those patients looking to create permanent enhancement but avoid implants, we recommend a fat transfer. Dr. Sayed will first use liposuction to remove a small amount of fat cells from another area of the body. He then purifies these cells to prepare them for transfer and ensure you get newer, healthy cells with a higher likelihood of survival. Then, after a careful injection into the lips, you’ll see lasting results. Dr. Sayed can also use this method to rejuvenate other areas of the face.

Ready for the Perfect Pout? Schedule a Consultation

Full, luscious lips are having a serious moment. Modern techniques and technology are more advanced than ever and can create superb results you’ll love. Whether you’re looking for a one-time special Valentine’s Day surprise or lifelong results, Dr. Sayed can help.

He is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in cosmetic procedures on the head, neck, and face. To schedule a consultation at our San Diego or Newport Beach, CA, offices, please call us at 1-858-24SAYED or contact us online.