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Why Does Juvederm Leave a Bump After the Injections?

Every time I get Juvederm, I develop a little bump, like a bug bite. Is there any way to avoid this?

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Avoid Juvederm bumps with good technique.



It is not the Juvederm that causes the bumps, It's how it is being injected.  You need a doctor with a good eye and excellent technique.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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A slight bump after Juvederm is normal


When dermal fillers are injected the material expands the surrounding tissue. This is normal, and may cause some raising of the skin surface.

Over a few days this subsides to a flatter surface, while maintaining the cosmetic improvements for the life of the filler. The duration of the filling effect will vary with the type, location, and volume of filler used.

Ira D. Papel, MD
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
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It's the filler (the injector), not the filler (the product)


Technique is critical when injecting fillers. The injection of the product should stop about 1 mm before the needle is removed, otherwise product will be injected too superficially as the needle is withdrawn, creating those little bumps.

Any bumps that are present during the injection session should be massaged out before you leave. Fortunately, over the first day or two, the product absorbs some water from under the skin, and the bumps resolve.

Remember, it's the filler, not the filler. Good luck with your next treatment.

Michael A. Persky, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm Should Not Leave Lumps or Bumps


Injecting filling agents such as Juvederm or Restylane is very much technique- and physician-dependent. In other words, the doctor must know what he or she is doing, and many do not.

When you inject Juvederm, if it is too deep, it is absorbed by underlying tissues and does not specifically fill the wrinkle. But if you inject too superficially or too close to the surface, you can end up with lumps. Generally, these will go away within a week, but for persistent lumps, you may need to undergo additional injections with an enzyme named hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler material.

Choose your injecting doctor carefully. Make sure he or she is board certified in dermatology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck surgery or oculoplastic surgery.

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Juvederm and Bump

Juvederm is a great facial injection for the lips, nasolabial folds, chin, and other facial contouring.  Please post a photo to determine if the bumps are from the injection technique or the needle placement.  For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience in facial injections.

Michele S. Green, MD
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Bump From Juvederm

It sounds like the bump could be due to swelling or bruising from the injection itself. If it is bruising that forms, I would recommend using arnica gel, which is a herbal remedy that can help to minimize swelling and bruising after your treatment. I would also recommend that your physician apply ice prior to your treatment to help minimize your risk of swelling.

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Why does Juvederm leave a bump after the injections?

After the product is injected into the skin, it expands with water. If the injection was placed too close to the skin as the needle is either introduced or withdrawn, then it can leave a small bump at the injection site. For best results look for a very experienced injector.

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Juvederm Leave a Bump After the Injections


It sounds like the bump is from the injection. It is very common to develop a small scar after being injected, but it should resolve in a few days. Icing the area helps.

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Juvederm: Post injection bumps


Juvederm is a hydrophilic filler, meaning it absorbs water early on.  During the early period a slightly palpable bump (but not visible) is a normal outcome.  After a few days, any bumps from the filler should be smooth.  If bumps persist, the injector may injected too superficially near the skin and placed too much filler in an area as well.  Filler injection is as much an art as it is a science.

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"Bumps" after Filler Injections


Thank you for your question. In my practice, it is very uncommon for patients to have any palpable lumps or bumps after filler injections. If this is happening each time you receive fillers, with the same practitioner injecting, perhaps you should try out a new injector. There are specific techniques used when placing fillers so that these issues are specifically avoided. Best of luck!

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