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Hydrelle Lip Injections - When Will This Nightmare End?!?!

I have had Restylane injected in my upper lip...

I have had Restylane injected in my upper lip twice before with no complications, by the end of the day the swelling and soreness was gone and I had great results. After moving I had to find a new Dr and he offered a newer product that had the lidocaine mixed in to make it almost pain free without using a dental block. Hydrelle...

First off, he very skillfully injected them and the pain was no worse than a small pinch. I left happy but noticed as the week went on that I had a lot more swelling and bruising than normal - I didn't think too much of it since I used a different product this time.

Fast forward 2 weeks later and the swelling is worse not better. I am forming weird looking lumps in my lip that make me too self conscious to smile at all. I finally go back to my PS office and the nurse said she could clearly see the lumps and scheduled me into the next available appointment. By the time of my appointment to see the doctor my lip was 3x it's normal size and I was in immense pain. I was put on steroids, antibiotics, and antihistamines... The swelling still did not stop.

I went back in 2 days later with my cheeks turning red and my nasal area and under my eyes getting puffy. They numbed me and went in with a syringe to try to suck out the fluids and product. I left looking almost back to normal and optimistic but by the next morning my lumpy balloon lip was back and I was in so much pain I had to give in and start taking the pain killers so that I could eat solid foods again. I had been resorting to smoothies for a few days because when anything touched my lips I wanted to cry. I go back tomorrow to see the Dr and I don't know what the next step will be. I think he is going to be injecting another product with an enzyme that will dissolve the Hydrelle out of my lip.

My lips returned to normal after being drained...

My lips returned to normal after being drained about 3 times. I was severely swollen for about 3 or 4 weeks total and it was not a fun time - very painful! Once every few months there is one little spot where I know there is still product that will become irritated for a few days. Not enough for anyone to notice but me. It's been almost a year now so it will probably go away completely soon. (I hope) Once again though, stay away from this product, it's dangerous.

It is now 18 months later and when I smile big and...

It is now 18 months later and when I smile big and stretch my upper lip against my teeth I can still see tiny lumps under the skin where the product has not dissolved and is not spread even. I believe it is only noticed by myself when inspecting closely in the mirror still something to be said for still having complications this far out, almost 2 years later!
Dr. John Pitman

I really appreciate how my PS has handled this situation. He called the manufacturer (as far as I know they were no help and acted like my case was the only one) he called other doctors to see if they had any patients with this situation and found out that there in fact were other cases and discussed with one particular Dr who seems to be collecting data on this issue how he had treated other patients with this reaction. My Dr called me back within minutes even on his day off whenever I had a concern with my reaction to the Hydrelle. Even his office staff has been so kind to me every time I come in and seem to care about if I am recovering. I would definitely trust him for any future procedures I may get, but would NOT under any circumstances recommend Hydrelle. Stick to Juviderm or Restylane which seem to have much better track records to be safe. I just hope that now after a full month of pain and swelling I am nearing the end of this nightmare, but who knows. I just want to be able to go out in public and be able to SMILE again without looking like a freak! And to think, I paid to have this done!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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I actually have had great reactions to Hydrelle. It works better than anything I have tried and lasted so much longer than the others. Sorry you had a bad experience everyone.
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Hi, I too had Hydrelle and 6 weeks later developed huge abscesses... 15 of them on my face. After draining them my dermatologist subscribed Singulair to reduce my mast cell activity in the skin. I'm happy to say that within a few days all of the swelling was gone, and hasn't returned. Good luck to you all going through this.
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Please have her contact my plastic surgeon. His name is Dr. Charles Lee. He is in San Fancisco. His number is 414-933-8330. I have a law suit filed against hydrell & Anika. Dr. Lee has helped me get rid of the noduels using a disoving injection that has to be done 2 times a week. Very painful, but they are gone. I have 2 small scars from it, but it'd better than the alternative. Hydrell has also gone bankrupt. Please please have your sister call dr. Lee.

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Please, we need advice. My sister injected Hydrelle on her cheeks back in November 2010. I saw her on Christmas and thought that she had gained some weight because her face looked really chubby and bloated. Then about two weeks ago, she started developing lumps on her cheeks and is looking very deformed. She cries every day. Her doctor had never seen this and is not getting any answers back from makers. They are winging it. She goes twice a week to drain it but says it is extremely painful and is so scared she'll be like this forever. Everybody posts about what is happening to them but nobody has menitoned being cured or back to normal. Please let me know how you are doing now.
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That looks awful. Never heard if Hydrelle, but I will avoid it. Why did your doc use this stuff if he didn't know what it would do? I don't know if I would trust him again.
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I hear the same things about Hydrelle when I google the complications but no one is saying how they are treating the issue and how long it takes to get rid of this stuff. What is working to get rid of it and what things should we be watching for in regards to serious complications. Also, why do you use oral steroids and what are the complicaations mentioned by using them? Does massage help? Thanks, this is really stressing me out.
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antibiotic and steroids dont help. my ps is using an injection that melts away the hydrelle. it takes 1-2 injections a week and i have been doing this for a month now, and the process is painful. after the injections the swelling takes place about 3 days later with burning,then it comes to a head ( like a whithead) and it has to be popped with an 18 gage needle and then drained ( or milked) to get all the puss out. you need to watch out for lumps at the injection sight 4-6 weeks after you get it. it feels like hard noduels. i am seeing an attorney this friday. the company is also changing the name of the product to something else, but it's the same. i have done tons of research, along with my ps and i am outraged that nothing has been done. i wish that other patients will come foward along with thier doctors to do a class action law suite. but i feel people are too scared since they are a huge pharmacuticle company. i don't care!i have been through so much emotional and physical pain and not to mention having to take time off work to deal with this. i urge not to use this product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! take care........

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I too went through a Hydrelle nightmare. It ended when my doctor put me on Singulair...it worked FAST! Within 2 days I was close to normal looking again. I too had biopsies, pus drained, hospitalization, antibiotics, cat scan, disfigurement (temorary thank goodness). Good luck to you.
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I am going through the same thing with this product hydrelle. I am soooo sorry that you are going through this as well. At first i thought it was my body having an allergic reaction until my ps did a ton of research and found out that there are thousand of people going through the same thing. I am (along with my PS) seeing an attorney next week and i hope you are as well. This needs to be pulled off the market asap!!! I am getting married in a couple of months and i hope that it continues to go down with the product he is injecting me with once a week to melt the hydrelle . I wish you the best and please please see an attorney!!! best.....
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