I was injected with juvederm in early May, things...
17 Jul 2013
2 months post
I was injected with juvederm in early May, things did not go well for the first few days but the swelling and peelins skin etc all subsided in a few days. Suddenly about a month and a half later I woke up one morning with my top lip swollen so badly I thought it would burst. It was painful and tender to touch, very hard and lumpy and thick. Family doc treated me with oral steroids (prednisone). Swelling went down in one week. Allergies and infection were ruled out. Thought everything was going to be ok. Then another month later, woke up again one morning, another episode of delayed severe swelling in upper lip. Family doc treated again with prednisone. Saw a dermatologist who says he has no idea what it is but it could be granuloma and the only way to know for sure is to have someone cut open my lip (yikes). He said he's not the guy to deal with this because it's out of his area of expertise. Other docs have said go back to the initial injector, but that seems ridiculous to me, if someone makes a mess of me once why would I trust their judgement a second time? The swelling has now mostly settled down from this second episode. From what I've read from other people who have had these problems with ongoing, delayed onset, severe swelling after juvederm I can expect more of these episodes. I have also read from several people that the injection used to dissolve this filler is not a good idea because they too have many complications and risks. What's a person to do. At no time did anyone ever tell me about the risks of juvederm filler injections, or the potential for reactions or problems. Everytime I asked, is this safe, could anything go wrong, I always got the same answer - of course not, this is 100% safe, there are no known side effects, complications or risks. Now, inretrospect I beg to differ, as I have now seen from my research online that there are many possible side effects, reactions, complications, etc and yet doctors are not warning people, nor is the manufacturer. People have a right to know. So all I can say is this, if you are thinking about or pondering the idea of juvederm injected - DON'T DO IT. PLEASE don't do it. The risks are not worth it, the lack of information and warning and truth given to patients beforehand is unfair and unjust and does not enable a person to make an educated choice. This practice needs to change.