Can I Ice My Lips After JUVÉDERM® Injections?

By: Dr. Angelo Cuzalina


There’s no denying the strikingly beautiful enhancements that can be made with cosmetic injectables. From smoothing out lines and wrinkles to restoring lost facial volume, the possibilities with dermal fillers, in particular, are virtually endless. One of the most popular uses of injectable fillers today is plumping up the lips for a more youthful, sexier shape. At Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK, triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Angelo Cuzalina and our expert aesthetic injectors are committed to helping patients achieve beautiful, long-lasting results with the most effective tools and techniques available today, as well as providing detailed aftercare guidelines. Keep reading to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do after JUVÉDERM lip fillers, including whether it is safe and beneficial to ice your lips.


What do dermal fillers do?

Chances are good that you know at least a handful of people who use injectable dermal fillers to enhance their look on a regular basis. Because filler injections can produce natural-looking and long-lasting results, however, you may not even realize your friends and family members have fillers! Some of the most common cosmetic concerns that can be improved or reversed with dermal fillers, like JUVÉDERM, include:


  • Static lines and wrinkles
  • Circles under the eyes
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Thin lips
  • Marionette lines
  • Facial folds
  • Asymmetric nose
  • Set-back chin
  • Weak jawline


How do lip fillers work?

Arguably the most popular application for dermal fillers today is to produce a plumper pout. During lip filler injections in Tulsa, patients will relax in one of our private in-office treatment rooms. The lips will be cleansed to remove any makeup or debris, and a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to minimize pain or discomfort during lip injections. One of our experienced cosmetic injectors will then strategically inject the desired filler into various areas of the lips to achieve the patient’s desired size and shape. Manual massage may be performed to ensure the smoothest, most even, and most natural-looking result possible. Almost immediately after lip filler injections, patients can expect some amount of swelling, soreness, and bruising, but these side effects are usually mild and resolve within a few days.


How can I reduce swelling after lip fillers?

One of the most beneficial things you can do to speed up the healing process and reduce swelling after getting lip injections is to apply a cold compress. Many patients wonder whether using an ice pack after lip fillers will “freeze” the filler or cause it to migrate. Fortunately, applying ice to the lips after JUVÉDERM injections is perfectly safe when patients follow their provider’s instructions. When using a cold compress after lip fillers, it is important to avoid putting excess pressure on the lips. Instead, patients should hold the ice pack or ice bag – wrapped in a towel or cloth to prevent sticking – gently to the lips for about 5 – 10 minutes at a time. In addition to using a cold compress after injectable fillers, patients should follow these  instructions for the most comfortable recovery period and most pleasing results:

  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for the first 24-48 hours
  • Apply ice or frozen green peas off and on for first 24-28 hours 
  • Do not drink alcohol for 4 days prior to injections
  • Avoid aspirin and fish oil (omega) pills for 2 weeks prior to injections
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated for first 2 days
  • Do not rub or massage the treated area initially


When performed by a skilled injector and cared for properly, JUVÉDERM lip fillers can give patients the perfectly plump pout for up to 12 – 18 months.


Get a sexier smile with JUVÉDERM lip fillers in Tulsa, OK

If you have noticed more and more of your favorite celebrities and influencers sporting a sultry smile, it’s not all in your head. Join the many men and women who are elevating their look with injectable lip fillers by calling Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK to schedule your consultation with one of our certified aesthetic injectors – under the direction of triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Angelo Cuzalina – today!


* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.