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Do Lip Fillers Hurt?

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A woman receiving a lip filler injection in a clinic.

Lip fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years as the desire for plump, full lips increases. This surge in popularity has led many individuals to seek lip enhancements, hoping to achieve a fuller and more defined lip contour. The procedure typically involves injecting hyaluronic acid-based fillers into the lips to add volume and shape.

While pain tolerance can differ from person to person, generally speaking, getting lip fillers can be considered a minimally painful procedure. Most patients report feeling only minor discomfort during the injection process, which is often likened to a slight pinch or sting. 

To further minimize any potential pain, a numbing cream or local anesthetic is usually applied to the lips beforehand. The benefit of seeing a dentist for your lip injections is that they can provide  a dental block. This involves numbing the nerves in and around the mouth to minimize any pain. After the procedure, there might be some swelling and tenderness, but these side effects are generally short-lived and subside within a few days.

Factors Affecting Pain Levels

Several factors can contribute to how much pain a person may experience while getting lip fillers. These include:

  • Individual Pain Tolerance: Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, so what may be painful for one person may not be for another.
  • Location of Injection Sites: Certain areas of the lips may be more sensitive than others, and the closer the injection site is to a nerve ending, the more likely it is to cause some discomfort.
  • Technique Used: A skilled and experienced injector can often minimize potential pain by using precise techniques and knowing how to avoid sensitive areas.
  • Type of Filler Used: Different types of fillers may cause varying levels of pain. For example, some fillers contain lidocaine, a numbing agent that can help reduce discomfort during the injection process.
  • Preparation: Proper preparation before the procedure can also play a role in pain levels. This includes avoiding blood thinning medications and alcohol, as well as staying hydrated to prevent excessive bruising and swelling.
  • Post-Procedure Care: Following proper aftercare instructions, such as avoiding strenuous activities and applying ice packs, can also help reduce any discomfort or swelling after the procedure.

Tips for Minimizing Pain During Lip Filler Injections

 A woman relaxes while receiving a lip filler injection in a clinic.

If you are considering getting lip fillers but are worried about potential pain, here are some tips that may help minimize any discomfort:

  • Communicate with Your Injector: Let your injector know if you have a low pain tolerance or are particularly sensitive in certain areas. They can adjust their techniques and use numbing agents if needed.
  • Take Pain Medication: Consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever before the procedure to help minimize any discomfort.
  • Use Ice Packs: Applying ice packs to the lips before and after the procedure can help numb the area and reduce swelling.
  • Consider a Dental Block: For those who experience extreme discomfort during lip filler injections, a dental block may be an option. This involves numbing the nerves in and around the mouth to minimize any pain.
  • Relax: The more relaxed you are during the procedure, the less likely you will feel any pain. Try practicing deep breathing techniques or listening to calming music during the injection process.
  • Choose an Experienced and Skilled Injector: Choosing a reputable and experienced injector can make a significant difference in your pain levels. They will have the knowledge and skills to perform the procedure safely and with minimal discomfort.

While some discomfort is normal during lip filler injections, following these tips can help minimize any pain or discomfort you may experience. Remember to also follow any aftercare instructions provided by your injector to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery. 


After your lip filler procedure, it is important to follow proper aftercare to ensure optimal results and reduce any potential complications. Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Avoid touching or rubbing your lips for at least 24 hours
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours
  • Do not consume alcohol for at least 24 hours
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Avoid smoking for at least 24 hours
  • Sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods for the first 24 hours
  • Use a gentle cleanser when washing your face and avoid harsh scrubbing around the lips
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and wear SPF when outdoors
  • Follow any additional aftercare instructions provided by your injector

It is also important to schedule a follow-up appointment with your injector to monitor your progress and address any concerns or questions you may have. Every individual’s experience with lip fillers may vary, so it is crucial to communicate openly with your injector and trust their expertise.

Achieve Beautiful Lips with Expert Care at The Ivory Dental Co.

Lip filler injections can be a great way to enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence. However, it is normal to have concerns about discomfort during the procedure. Ultimately, choosing an experienced injector who prioritizes your comfort and safety is key to achieving beautiful and natural-looking results.

At The Ivory Dental Co., our team of skilled dental injectors use the latest techniques and high-quality fillers to provide safe and comfortable lip filler treatments. We understand that every patient is unique, and we take the time to listen to your concerns and tailor the treatment to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our lip filler services. Whether you are looking to plump your lips, smooth out fine lines, or enhance your smile, we are here to help you achieve the desired results with minimal discomfort.

Written by
Dr. Bridget Sweeney

Dr. Bridget Sweeney founded The Ivory Dental Co. with the passion to create a one-of-a-kind dental experience for the people of East Amherst and Buffalo. Ever since she was a kid, she’s loved going to the dentist and believes every patient deserves to feel that way, too.

Her favorite part of being a dentist is spending quality time getting to know her patients, meeting their families, and listening to their stories. Dr. Sweeney feels so fortunate to share in these special relationships. That’s why at The Ivory Dental Co., you’ll never be left alone just to wait. We’ll be with you every step of the way as you discover your brilliance.

When she’s not at the office, you can find Dr. Sweeney biking around Buffalo, cheering on the Bills, mastering a jigsaw puzzle, or tending to her 70+ houseplants.‍

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