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Restylane side effects - what did you experience?

  • Conrad in TX
  • 4 years ago

did anyone experience side effects or complications from restaylane? please do share, it helps those of us considering getting this treatment.

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Today is 22 July 2014. In Dec 2013, my wife went to a PS and had Juvederm Volbella injected into her naso-labial area between upper lip and nose, as well as the area on her cheekbones. Long story short - my wife had the filler done, and all was fine, and she looked fine too. Six months later, she went to her dermatologist and a couple of small nodules burnt off using liquid nitrogen. At the burn site, the skin appeared to be healing normally on the surface of things - but beneath the surface, the trauma to her skin activated the biofilm (or a bacteria may have gotten beneath the layer of skin). Whatever the trigger, the end result is terrible and awful; I have witnessed my wife suffering in a way that is hard to describe. Lack of sleep due to a severely swollen upper lip, swelling which then spread to her cheeks, making my wife's beautiful face look totally distorted. The filler turns out to be a safe harbour for biofilm. We are on day one of antibiotics. I am not so naive as to believe that everything will return to normal once the one month course of potent antibiotics has run its course. I write this notice here as a serious warning to anyone who hopefully reads this BEFORE any filler such as Juvederm Volbella is injected. You may get away with it. You will be told that this is a rare and unusual case, and the chances are minimal that it will happen to you... That may be true. But you should be aware that the risks are real. If you get a routine infection that would normally go away and be forgotten about - the presence of a filler such as Juvederm Volbella can complicate things so that just looking at your face will bring tears to your eyes. I have taken the effort to write this because it is unlikely that Allergan (the corporate that makes Juvederm) will tell you about this. Their marketing department will override their research department. Juvederm Volbella is a business. They need for you not to know the very real risk that exists if you get an infection/trigger event that brings the biofilm to life wherever there is filler (Juvederm Volbella)
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Four years after Restylane, I developed multiple inflammatory tumors due to foreign body. The foreign body was Restylane. The tumors are growing quickly and appearing wherever I had the Restylane. I thought Restylane was a naturally occurring substance and would be absorbed within 6-12 months. By them way, I had great results with no problems until this happened. I'm wondering what, if anything, triggers the inflammatory response after four years?! Any ideas?
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Thank you everyone for your comments. The doctor already dissolved the Restylane, but I think there is more in my face. I have another appointment with the doctor tomorrow. I am so sick from the antibiotics that I can no longer take them. My face is still swollen but is starting to subside. This seems to happen every two weeks. My doctor is a board certified dermatologist who is an experienced injector. I think there are many reasons that I could have gotten this infection and it bonded to the restylane. They are now learning that dental work can attribute to this issue. I have had several injections for a few years and never had an issue. Two years ago I did have some serious dental work and that is when my troubles started, but I was told the swelling was an allergy from topical cream. The swelling only appeared a few times and I got rid of all my creams. This issue didn't get out of hand until the last injection in July. I think the doctors don't ask enough questions and just assume that if you didn't have any issues before then there is nothing to worry about. My doctor also said it could have been a bad batch of product. He did notify the company and is very concerned with my problem. I will let you know what happens tomorrow.
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I also had extensive dental work and I am experiencing issues
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Yes!!!!!! I did!!! Every two weeks I get huge swelling of the face and my eyes get so swollen, my vision becomes blurred - I am a sports person, and my training has gone out the window for the last 5mths, which is causing me distress too...I have been on antibiotics and steriods, something I do not like taking on a regular basis but I have to, otherwise I can never go out the door - It has ruined my summer and my families, as somedays I have to stay in, as I look like terrible. Also, my surgeon just is not helping and is blaming my body makeup for it, rather than the restylane. Does anyone know - Is this a permanent thing or does it go when the substance is out of you? Please advise
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I am having the same issue. I am on antibiotics for five weeks now and had the restylane dissolved. I thought I was getting better and didn't have any swelling for three weeks. Yesterday my eye and cheek swelled again and it hurts. I am really scared. I am sick from the antibiotics and will probably have to be on them for another month. Have you gotten better. I am terrified that this will not go away.
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Restylane can be dissolved
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The dissolver doesn't always work and some doctors are now admitting it sometimes has to be surgically removed.
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It's the safest filler out there. Most likely reaction to the lidocaine they mix it with
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It will for sure. Restylane is just hyaluronic acid we already have in our body . It only stays for a few month
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If no infection antibiotics won't help. If allergy you need a allergy med
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Please search for "biofilm infection" on this board. Your symptoms sound like mine. Most ps's and dermatologists aren't yet aware of the risk of biofilm infection from fillers, and the infection goes I diagnosed. The treatment is six weeks of powerful antibiotics, and dissolving the Restylane or Juvederm.
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Meant to say "in diagnosed."
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Damn autocorrect. UNDIAGNOSED.
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Thank you everyone for your comments. The doctor already dissolved the Restylane, but I think there is more in my face. I have another appointment with the doctor tomorrow. I am so sick from the antibiotics that I can no longer take them. My face is still swollen but is starting to subside. This seems to happen every two weeks. My doctor is a board certified dermatologist who is an experienced injector. I think there are many reasons that I could have gotten this infection and it bonded to the restylane. They are now learning that dental work can attribute to this issue. I have had several injections for a few years and never had an issue. Two years ago I did have some serious dental work and that is when my troubles started. I think the doctors don't ask enough questions and just assume that if you didn't have any issues before then there is nothing to worry about. My doctor also said it could have been a bad batch of product. He did notify the company and is very concerned with my problem. I will let you know what happens tomorrow.
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I, too, had had Restylane injected many times without problems prior to my biofilm infection. Not only can dental work trigger the infection, but it is also possible to introduce bacteria with the injection. As more is learned about biofilm infections with temporary fillers, the recommendation now is that the skin be prepped with Betadine or a similar antibacterial, as one would before prepping for surgery.
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The HA in Restylane is developed from gram positive bacteria, and their literature states that anyone with allergy to this should not be injected with Restylane/Perlane., Also, the products are 99% HA and 1% BDDE for cross linking, which gives the product its longevity. If the product were 100% HA, it would be out of our body in .5 to 2 days, like our natural HA.
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Like :-) (Funny)
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This is an interesting theory. I have autoimmunity and am highly sensitive to allergens. I've been doing restylane for 8 years now and always request no lidocain because I feel it distorts how much of the product is really going into my face. Sure it's painful, but I don't want to pay all that money and walk away wondering. I've never experienced anything beyond temporary bruising. My heart goes out to all of you who are experiencing all this trauma. If you are on antibiotics, please take probiotics to counter balance your good bacteria. The antibiotics will kill both the good and bad bacteria. Keep us posted with your healing process. Much love! Andrea
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Hi Avargas6, Can you share who ur dr is and their contact info?
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Of course. Dr. Romano (510) 456-1390. I made a mistake last year and with intent to save a buck, I went to Dr. Jill Hesssler in Palo Alto. It took almost two years for me to recognize myself as my face. She is not good around nasabial folds like Dr. Romano. I have yet to find someone who's good with lips. If anyone had a good experience with a doctor on lips please let me know.
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Correction - the mistake was made 2 yrs ago w/ seeing Dr. Hessler. She has had great reviews, I just didn't like how she made me look. I like my cheekbones. She made me look like I had none. I had nasolabial folds and she filled the out edges making the folds more prominent. It's Dr. Romano I trust for the naso labial folds, under eye, cheek and brow area as well as botox. Be good to yourself and space it out well. Lidocaine is not your friend if you want to see true results.
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In having posted my thoughts on the down side of filler, I have previously enjoyed the benefits of this product, for me was third time VERY unlucky . So please make sure that you are well informed on the pros and cons and then decide, but just remember that there is always risks with any cosmetic procedures, but the choice is yours.
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My advice is if you experience any swelling bruising temperature changes particularly if you have had filler injected into your nose as you may have a blocked blood vessel which can cause cellulitis a very dangerous condition if not treated with in the correct manor as soon as possible DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR PLEASE

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I had Restylane in my tear troughs today and in my lips... amazing result immediately, no bruising, wow!!

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