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Do I have an infection? Should I take antibiotics and then have it removed? (photos)

I had 1 Serynge of juvederm injected in my lips and nasolabial folds 2 months ago . I had the normal sweeling no bruises , no pain . Everything looks fantastic ! But a week ago my lips blowed up like a ballon .I took 1 Medrol dose pack, the inflammation went off . But now my lips are swelling again . My dr offers me to inject hyaluronidaze but now I'm afraid to have an alergic reaction to the hyaluronidaze and also if I have an infection that the hyaluronidaze will spread out the infection

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Delayed allergic reaction to Juvederm?

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I'm sorry that you are experiencing problems after your Juvederm injection to your lips. This is a rare reaction to the hyaluronic acid fillers and is likely not due to an infection (as evidenced by your favorable response to steroid pills). You should return to your injector and have the product dissolved with hyaluronidase. This is very likely to  correct your reaction. The HA fillers may not be for you. Good luck.


Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

If you are experiencing consistent problems with the product, it may be worth while to have it removed.

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If you are experiencing consistent problems with the product, it may be worth while to have it removed. Although, you may want to consider other reasons why your lips are swelling. Diet can have an effect on inflammation to the lips.

All the Best.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 175 reviews

Do I have an infection? Should I take antibiotics and then have it removed?

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Does not appear as an infection. More as a reaction that needs more steroid therapy. Plus STOP everything else going into your lips! 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

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Swollen lips

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You may be having a delayed allergic reaction to the Juvederm.  Allergy to hyaluroindase is rare, however your doctor can put a little bit into your forearm and then watch for any swelling or redness which would indicate an allergy to this.  If no problems, you should have injection into your lips to eliminate the juvederm.  Improvement with the Medrol indicates that it is some sort of inflammatory or allergy as opposed to infection.  

John J. Martin, Jr., MD
Coral Gables Oculoplastic Surgeon
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