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I have a painful swollen lip, 5 days after lip injections. What can I do to make it better? (Photo)

On Monday 21st I had my lips injected with restylane ... My bottom lip is all healed up , however my top lip has been extremely painful, overly bruised, and is just now starting to not feel numb .... It looks scary and it pealed , I don't know what to do or how to make it better! I called my doctor and they couldn't get me in till next Friday and said I was just having a "delayed recovery" can anyone shed some light . I will attach photos .

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Painful swollen lip

Please let your doctor know that you are developing yellow crusting and I am sure you will be seen today.

New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Severe issues 5 days after Restylane

An office that refuses to see you when there is an issue like this is one that you should not return to, in my opinion. If a patient calls complaining of open sores, oozing, yellow pus, etc. that person needs to be seen - NOW. I cannot tell if you have an infection or a herpes outbreak, but you need to call the office and demand to speak to your injector, or simply drive to the office and show them why you need to be seen. This is not normal. This is not ok. And this needs immediate attention.

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F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Pain, crusting and swelling are NOT normal 5 days after lip augmentation


Thank you for sharing the photos.  I do not consider this to be normal healing after a lip augmentation treatment. You need to be examined immediately, primarily to assess whether the circulation in your lips has been diminished by the filler treatment.  If your physician is not able to see you this week, I suggest you come up to see me. I'd be happy to stay late to accommodate your visit.

Good luck!

Daniel Levy, MD
Bellevue Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

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