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I had Restylane injections on my lower lip and after about 6-8 hours later it started really swelling. Is this normal? (photos)

I had restylane ( 1/2 dose) injections on my lower lip and after about 6-8 hours later it started really swelling...as soon as the doctor did it I asked him to take it out with another syringe,and I now look like this! Please help..I have to take the kids to the nursery this morning and don't want to get out of the house...help!

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Swelling and bruising is a common side effect of lip injections and can last approx. 2 weeks.

Swelling and bruising is a common side effect of lip injections and can last approx. 2 weeks. Sleep with your head slightly elevated and apply cold compresses for 10 mins several times a day. Arnica montana tablets can help to reduce swelling and bruising. 

All the Best. 

If the swelling does not subside in 2 weeks, schedule a follow up with your injector to be assessed. 


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Lip swelling

It is very common for the lips to swell like this after a dermal filler is used like restylane. 

If only a half of a syringe was used, the final result after swelling goes down will be very subtle.

I have done many lip injections for filling and have found that this is very common using sharp needles. I have since switched to using a blunt needle for filling the lips and have seen significantly less swelling and bruising.

Ice packs can help. Give it a week. I think you will be very happy when the swelling comes down.

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