I Wouldn’t Recommend Restylane to my Worst Enemy - Canvey Island, Essex

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I know that whoever reads this is doing research just like I did. Unfortunately, research wasn’t enough for me. I got Restylane injected into my lips two years ago to make them look fuller and plumper, just like the ads say. Not only did they not plump up my lips as advertised but two years on and I am still having problems!

I got into trouble by thinking that Restylane is just a temporary filler - if I didn’t like it I could let it dissolve away in a few months and never try it again. But it has permanently scarred and damaged me instead.

My lips are thinner than most and right after the injections I noticed the area above my lip was thicker too and very uneven. I asked my doctor about this and he blamed it on swelling. He advised massaging the area to help even out the distribution of the Restylane and also to help with the swelling. I did this religiously for several months with no success. My doctor, meanwhile, kept telling me it would go away.

I feel like I have done irreparable damage now. Two years later and this “temporary” filler has taken up permanent, lumpy residence in the areas all around my upper lip. Makeup doesn’t cover it. Other fillers (I tried a few) don’t make it less prominent. I am stuck forever with this deformity over my mouth because of Restylane and I know people look at me and wonder what crazy accident happened to me. How can I ever tell them that it wasn’t a crazy accident at all but my choice to risk this?

Needless to say, I wouldn’t recommend Restylane to my worst enemy. It is not worth the risk and certainly not worth losing your self-esteem for some pipedream about having Goldie Hawn’s lips.

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Hi. I'm a French expat in the Netherlands. Had a 'special offer' treament with Resthylane here. This to lift the corners of the mouths slightly. Cost 1000 Euro (1300 US$), effect absolutely none. After several complaints, no offer to reimburse could be obtained. I was told 'from time to time' it doesnt work. Well, I lost 1000 Euro for nothing. I'm afraid that the practitioner simply don't know why the treatment had no effect for me. They made me sign a no-claim form, excluding any guarantees on the treament whatsoever! 1000 Euros is a lot of money to throw away for nothing. Stay away from Resthylane...
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What is best to get fuller lips and where in Essex. I've been recommended glancey medical or harley medical group ??
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Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, etc) are all reversable. You can have an enzyme called Hyaluronidase injected into the area which will dissolve the filler.
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i am paralyzed from juvederm injection into my upper left lip!! my smile is RUINED forever !!!!!!!!!!
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Agree with you. Say NO to restylane it NOT worth it!!!
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A week ago I had Restylane injected,& the 2nd day I had a sunburn from going in the sun. I was not told not to be in the sun so soon? So the next day I swelled real bad & in MAJOR PAIN!!! As each day went by one side of my upper lip kept swelling badly & I was in major pain I could not even sleep I felt like I was being stabbed in the lip 24/7! Finally by the 8th day It exploded pus then deflated everything, including past fillers.Is this normal? Do I have the right to have my nurse fix what she has done to me?Please tell me what I can do from here?Also all she said was to take Motrin IB to fix the pain?
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I am so sorry to learn that you have all had problems with Restylane and Juvederm. I have been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Dermatology for nearly 30 years and have been injecting these products on a daily basis at my clinic in Essex, England now for the past 10 years. The problem is that too many practitioners have not received proper training. They watch a coupleof treatments nd think that they can then practice on patients. You must ask the question, how many treatments have you performed? How many complications have you had? Sue Ibrahim
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I'm getting very scared about what I'm reading! You guys had bad experience with Juvederm injections into your lips, when I had a nightmare with Juvederm injections under my eyes a month ago. I look awful! For my 50th b-day,I wanted to remove some fine lines under eyes,and now my eyes are puffy,hollowing,bags under eyes and it looks like I'm tired or cried for days!I look like hell. Does anyone know of any Dr. to fix this problem? I live in Orange County, CA. I was told this is not reversable. I have to wait it out and be patient. Shall we get together and sue the pants off of the Doctors who did this to us, since they are cashing in on this products? What does the Juvederm company has to say about this?
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Say No to Restylane!! After my procedure (for the creases above my upper lip)I too had "bump" over my upper lip that makeup cannot cover and a very unnatural look! Thank goodness I did not have my lips done! Run away from doing this at all costs!
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Thank you for telling your restylane tale. I too didnt like what it did to my lips. restylane was great for my face lines but with the lips it first of all hurt like heck when injected and got overplumped so i looked like a porn actress. i am not sure this is restylane fault or my lousy nurse who did the injections.
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