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Juvederm: Don't Do It! Duck Lips and Saggy Eyes but I Was Able to Fix the Lips!

I went to the dermatologist to get Botox for the...

I went to the dermatologist to get Botox for the fine vertical lines above my upper lip. (Smoker lines but I don't smoke.) I wanted Botox because I thought it would stop the way I was moving my face that were causing these lines. The lines weren't that bad but I didn't want them to get any worse. The dermatologist would not do Botox in this area and said juvederm would be great. He said I would love it.

It was a pretty uncomfortable process, a lot of pressing and massaging, and as a result I was a bit swollen in the mouth area, but not bruised. I was not happy with the way I looked like a duck. I waited two weeks but I still looked no better. I also had two big lumps inside my mouth.

I had been researching getting rid of the juvederm, but I was afraid to get the hyaluronidase injection due to some of the reviews I read about that. I was searching the internet for a more natural cure and found that hyaluronidase worked by neutralizing the acid in juvederm. I found out that baking soda also neutralizes acid so I thought I would try it. I made a paste of water and baking soda and for three nights in a row I put the baking soda paste all over the inside of my mouth and on the outside of my skin over the juvederm area. (Very messy and does not taste good.) I even swallowed a little just to get it in my system. It worked! After three times, I didn't even need to do it anymore. My upper lip area was back to normal, wrinkles and all. Expensive lesson but I think I got rid of most of the juvederm.

And a bonus was that as I was researching the baking soda, I found out that baking soda helped get rid of pimples. I had a pimple on my face, put the baking soda on it, and it was mostly gone the next day.

My problem is now that the dermatologist also injected a little bit of juvederm into my upper check/lower eye area. I'm not sure exactly why, he said something about how it would help tighten the skin and pull up the upper lip area. I did not ask to have my eye area done at all. But I figured he knew what he was doing so I let him have at it. What a mistake. I now have what I would describe as a wrinkle sag pouch under my eyes/upper cheek area that I never had before. The left side is worse than the right. It really is not an eye sag as it is not exactly right below my eyes. It is more of an upper cheek sag/wrinkle. I am hoping when the juvederm wears off the sags will go away. Anyone else have his problem and if so, did sags go away?

The baking soda paste has not worked on this area. I think it worked in the mouth area because inside of the mouth must be more absorbent than the outside skin.

I am tempted to get a fine needle and poke myself a few time and then put the baking soda paste on my face to see if it will absorb and dissolve the juvederm. I am a bit afraid to do this though. I certainly don't want to make the sags worse. I'll update if I decide to do it.

Last comment: We always want to look younger and want the results to last. Think long and hard before you do anything to alter your appearance. If you get a bad result, like I did, a product like juvederm that seems great because it lasts so long can be a nightmare when the results are bad. All of a sudden nine months ia a long, long time to live with it.

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My face was lopsided in the upper lip area when all was said and done and I looked way worse after this procedure, like a lopsided duck. He also injected the juvederm into areas I did not ask that it be injected into (eye area)(saying it would help the lip area) and now I have wrinkly sags on my upper cheeks. I have saggy skin where I have never had it before. I am a fairly patient person and will wait until the juvederm in the area dissolves, but if the sags don't go away, I will sue him.

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I got juvederm in my lips 3 days ago. Can't stand the duckface! ! But I keep being told that it will go away with the swelling..idk!
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Hi, I just read the old posts. It was a long time ago now, 2 years since the juvederm. I can't remember how long it was terrible, the worst went away over a few weeks. I still think one side of my upper lip is lopsided, and I still have bulges that I can feel. I would never recommend it to anyone. All you can do is try what you're doing, ice and benadryl help. Wear lighter shades of lipstick and try to get used to it. Looking back at pics from then it wasn't to bad, it just didn't look like "me." Hang in there!
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Thank you so much for replying back. So baking soda didnt really dissolve juvederm in your lips?
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I didn't have the juve put in my lips, he actually injected it above my lips in that area to try to smooth out lines between my nose and mouth, but it gave me that duck bill look which was horrid. The baking soda definitely worked for me. Keep trying the paste inside your mouth as on or as close to all your bumps for about a 30 minutes at a time. Reapply it if it melts away, as that what it tends to do. Try to keep it up for 30 minutes and do it every day for about a week I know it tastes terrible but it's worth a shot. Good luck.
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I'll try. It just made it seem like baking soda madw my lips even more swallen...thats why i wanted to ask you about it since you already have tried it.
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the idea is to break up the lumps of juvederm so it goes away faster- baking soda is a free alternative to hyaluronidase from the doctor. you will have swelling as long as you are messing with your lips- you can use ice or tylenol/motrin or benadryl for that. you have to be patient. i bought popsicles. avoid public situations where you are going to feel self conscious, buy some paler lipstick, use your foundation to even out redness around your mouth. at some point there's nothing you can do but accept it and let time go by. i'm still not back to normal after 2 years but i've forgotten about it by now, i just live with it. try not to worry so much- keep ice on it. in a week or two it will be passable.
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Do you think i should let the swelling go down first and then try baking soda then? Since its only been 3 days since i had it done
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I did use the baking soda when I had swelling and it worked for me but everyone is different. You never know, your swelling might be caused by something else. I'm pretty sure mine was caused by all the pressing and massaging the doctor did to try to get the lumps out, which he never accomplished. I think if I were you I'd use the baking soda right away to try to get rid of it while it's still fresh. Maybe it can penetrate the needle holes used to inject the juve. Probably not at this point, but I know how desperate you may feel -- I was so freaked out with my juve results. If you think the baking soda is causing the swelling, then give it a rest and try again when your lips calm down a bit. If you think it is because of the actual injections and the massaging, do the baking soda thing now.
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Ok. Thank you a lot for trying to help me. Its very appriciated.
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Are you still here? Im trying the bakinf soda thing but it doesnt seem like its working... How long before I notice results? Please help.
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I noticed results in my mouth area pretty quickly, like three days. As I stated in my post, I think it worked for me because the quack who injected the Juve injected it so deep that the bulk of it was closer to the inside of my mouth than the outer skin area. I had huge bumps and bulges all over that I could really feel inside my mouth area. I don't think the baking soda can penetrate the skin on the outside as well because it did not work on my eye area where he also did a little bit of injection. I can now (and it has been a few years) say that I have no lasting problems. The juve in my eye area went away totally within about six months. Hopefully, even if you can't fix it right now, it will go away within a matter of months and won't have any lasting effects. So sorry . . . good luck!
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From inside, i can actually see the filler. You think baking soda would help there? I appriciate so much you taking your time to answer. I truthfully look like a duck. Its so ugly. Even when I smile, looks so wrong,
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Good luck! Its been almost 2 months now and I still don't like my lips. Namely, 2 bulges under my upper lip are still there. Also, in the 6 or 8 places where it was injected I still have holes that scab over or ooze clear gel like liquid, maybe the product is seeping out? I don't know, but my body doesn't like it. A new concern occurred to me, what if your body "rejects" the juvederm and then decides to start attacking its own hyaluruonic acid? You could end up with even worse aging! Btw, the increased volume in my upper lip area made my previously inconspicuous frown lines deep and sharp now :-(
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Oh my goodness! I had my top lip done 3 days ago....i look like a duck too!

I told my doctor I want the dissolve it right away...she said she will do it tomorrow but I will look worse. I am scared!
I will try baking soda.
Thank you!
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me too now! it seems like everyone has them, in magazines, on tv.
i went in for botox on my forehead and crows feet and let them talk me into doing my lips. i thought i was just going to be getting rid of a few tiny lines, not going for pamela anderson!
i bought benadryl today and that seemed to help too.
i don't think i need to do the baking soda or massaging tonight- they look ok.
i wish they had told me what to expect- maybe i could have had a better first week.
thanks again for your post!
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Glad it seemed to help. When I tried massaging my lumps I think I made my face more swollen. I was so glad the baking soda worked for me though as I couldn't stand looking at myself in the mirror. The lumps under my eyes eventually did go away but it took about five months or so, thank goodness it didn't leave any lasting sagging skin. I would love it if something was developed for the lines above the mouth. I really don't know why anyone would use Juvederm for this area as I can spot Juvey lips a mile away and they look ridiculous.
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i'm so glad i found this post! i had my lips done 4 days ago, i didnt like it at all. i just figured it was normal swelling and i would be fine in a few days but then i developed lumps in 4 places on the insides of my upper and lower lips. i could see and feel that the juvederm was settling into places that were hard and palpable. also, my lips seemed to be a little uneven, and i couldn't wear my normal lipstick. it was smearing off unevenly as soon as i put it on. i even had trouble drinking out of a juice bottle today.
i talked to a friend who had the same issues with juvederm lips last year. she's still not back to normal.
i was sitting home massaging my lips to try to break up the lumps and reading that after 24-48 hours its too late when i read about the baking soda paste.
i used it in the bath for about 20 minutes, and used my clarisonic on my lips too, figuring it might help the baking soda penetrate. i rubbed it into the places around the edges where i had been injected, and also smeared some of the paste on the insides where the large lumps were.
i could feel it burning a little. i kept massaging, and pretty soon i noticed that the lumps were flattened out and starting to recede. i could rub my lips together and they didnt hurt or feel swollen anymore.
they feel normal!
i still have a couple of small bumps on the inside, but compared to earlier tonight they are nothing.
now i'm in bed with a popsicle trying to ice them before bed so they arent more swollen from all the activity.
i will see how they are tomorrow- they still look fuller than before, so maybe a slight improvement, but even though i paid $550 i decided not to wait and find out i'm disfigured for 9 months!i would rather lose the money and be normal than look like a porn star (without the body) and be unable to drink apple juice at lunch!
i don't know it it was the massaging, the baking soda, or the clarisonic that worked, but i'm glad i tried.
i will do it for a few more days if i have to.
it's free, no harm in trying it!
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