I've had this done before, but never swelled up this much? Do I need to see my doc tomorrow? (Photo)

I just got 3/4 of a cc injected in my lips of juvederm today. I came home to lightly massage them, and ice them and one side blew up. I am sleeping on elevated pillows, I took some ibeprofuen and no caffeine. I've had this done before, but never swelled up this much!

Doctor Answers 7

Lip injections

Swelling after lip injections can last up to two weeks and there can be varying amounts of swelling with each treatment.  That being said, I would still recommend an evaluation by your injector of the upper lip area.  It looks as though you may be developing a cold sore which should be treated, or potentially a bruise which would not require further treatment.  


Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling In Lips After Fillers Like Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero -- Reverse with Hyaluronidase If Unhappy

I suggest reversal if you are unhappy.  Try cannula injections or volbella (which doesn't swell much) in the future.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Juvederm swelling

Yes, to be safe, I would call and see your doctor for evaluation. Swelling is most often normal post-filler injection, up to one week. Some patients may get an outbreak of HSV1 (fever blister, cold sore virus) after lip injections and this should be treated as soon as possible. Also, it is important to rule out any other possible complications, especially if there is pain. 

Anita Saluja, MD
Melbourne Dermatologist
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Swelling on upper lip after injections

There is something going on in the upper lip. Either this is the beginnings of a cold sore or a bruise, it is hard to say at this point. I would discuss this with your provider. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lip issue

It almost looks like you are getting an outbreak of a cold sore on the one side. You might want to touch base with your injector to see how they want to proceed.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after juvederm

Swelling after filllers is not unusual . It usually takes a few days for it to subside . Icing does help with the swelling. Ibuprofen or tyelenol helps with the discomfort . Touching base with your Doctor is always a good  idea. 

Joanne Lopes, MD
Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Adverse Effects After Lip Injections

Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are experiencing an adverse event.  I would recommend you contact your healthcare provider or see a plastic surgeon.  There are many reasons you could be experiencing swelling after your injection.  It will likely resolve on its on, but follow-up is important to make sure it is not worsening (i.e. - excessive swelling that leads to tissue necrosis).  

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Nicholas Jones, MD
Charleston Plastic Surgeon
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