What To Avoid Before Lip Fillers: A Guide for Practitioners

By Florence Goulbourne

If you are a practitioner who frequently offers lip filler treatments, you bear the added responsibility of ensuring that the procedure is conducted with the highest level of safety and precision. This is vital to guarantee a successful outcome while also minimising the risk of any potential complications or adverse reactions. Part of this practice includes informing your patients about what to avoid before lip filler. To be fully in the know about how to advise your patients accurately, continue reading this Fox Pharma article to find out the main things to avoid before fillers.

Things to avoid before fillers

As we mentioned, lip fillers are typically a safe procedure. However, ensuring the highest degree of safety requires the patient to avoid certain activities, substances and environments. 

Below are just a few of the things to avoid before fillers to ensure your patient has a successful procedure:

  • Aspirin and other NSAIDs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Sun exposure

Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin and Aspirin are not advised to be taken before a patient has lip fillers. These act as blood thinners and, as a result, can increase the likelihood of swelling, bleeding and bruising.


Your patient should be advised not to drink alcohol for one week prior to having lip fillers. When alcohol is in the body, it can act as a blood thinner. As a result, alcohol can also cause increased bleeding and bruising.


Another example of what to avoid before lip fillers is smoking. Smoking after lip fillers will not affect the outcome of the treatment. However, smoking is known to dry out the skin and has been linked to premature ageing, so we would advise you to refrain from smoking both pre and post-procedure.

Sun exposure

Sun exposure can make the skin more sensitive to the lip filler procedure and can make it uncomfortable or potentially painful. So, be sure to make your patients aware of this before you start the procedure.

Why is it important to avoid these things?

You may be wondering why these particular things to avoid before fillers are so important. To ensure that your patient’s procedure is a success, they must avoid these activities and substances before the procedure. 

If an unsuccessful procedure takes place, it can pose the risk of further problems. The most worrying complications that can arise from lip fillers are as follows:

  • Infection
  • The filler moving away from the injected area
  • Irregularities and lumps
  • Scarring
  • Blocked blood vessels that can result in tissue death and blindness

The above complications are rare and are typically as a result of the poor work of aestheticians and low-quality dermal fillers. However, it is important that your patient is fully aware of the risks and consequently follows the correct steps to reduce the chance of pain, bruising or the procedure. However, it is essential that your patient is fully informed of the potential risks and takes the necessary precautions to minimise the likelihood of experiencing pain, bruising, or any other complications that may arise during the procedure.


In summary, lip fillers are renowned for boasting both an effective and low-risk treatment protocol. However, you and your patient must both be aware of factors that could result in any potential complications including pain and swelling in less serious cases. By keeping the above guidelines in mind, and informing your patient of these, lip filler treatments should pose a very low risk of potential problems.

By using a high-quality dermal filler, the risk of lip filler complications is even further reduced. Dr Haffar of Simply Clinics London states:

“Ultimately, dermal fillers are safe when in the right hands and when a high quality, well-known filler brand is used. At Simply Clinics we use REVOLAX for the majority of our dermal filler treatments.”

We recommend using REVOLAX, The Nation’s Favourite Dermal Filler. REVOLAX has been recommended by industry-leading surgeons and practitioners, so you can have faith that this product will meet the standards expected by you and your patients.

The material properties of REVOLAX give it a monophasic structure consisting of a regular and dense lattice. Therefore, its structure enables stability, consistency and a smooth injection in comparison to competitor products.

Premium lip fillers at Fox Pharma

We hope this guide has helped you to understand what to avoid before lip fillers. You can find REVOLAX and our range of dermal fillers here at Fox Pharma. We offer the latest developments in the cosmetic and beauty industry at competitive prices, so you are sure to find what you are looking for with us. 

If you are curious about REVOLAX’s results, you can see the before and after effects for yourself.

If you would like to find out more about our incredible range of products or would like to speak to someone about our dermal fillers, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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