Tried getting my lip injections fixed and they are worse! I'm freaking out. (photos)

About a month ago I got lip injections they were uneven last week I went to get them fixed she ended up putting another 1/2 syringe of princess volume in total one and a 1 1/2 syringe in my lips. I love the volume of my lips but they look awful when I smile. I'm freaking out because that does not look normal. Any suggestions? should I get my injections reversed & re-done by a better professional it has been a week since my lip injections. It has ruined my smile. Help! Is this fixable? :(

Doctor Answers 9

Lip Filler

Since you just got them done last week, I would wait a full 2 weeks to see what your final result will be. If you are still unhappy with your lips, you can go back to the same injector to get the filler dissolved with hyaluronidase or choose to go to a different injector to dissolve out your current filler and restart with new filler. I would recommend seeing a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon if you choose another provider. Good luck!


Katy Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Lip Filler Issues

Thank you for your question. Hyaluronic acid based fillers are used to volumize and plump the lips. Lip fillers can help soften lip lines as well in some patients. Some unevenness is not uncommon for up to 2 weeks following injection, but should resolve. Following up with your physician is an excellent option whenever complications occur. Fortunately, many hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved using hyaluronidase if needed. All the best.  

Samuel Hetz, MSc, MD
Ottawa Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Lip Fillers

Thanks for your question. I would wait the 2-3 weeks before going back and fixing the issue. If they used HA fillers, the great part is that it is fully reversible and can be dissolved but give it a week or 2. Massaging might help but I would go back to the clinic and have them do it for safety. Best of luck!

Alim R. Devani, MD, FRCPC
Calgary Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Swelling after lip augmentation (volbella, juvederm, restylane)--reverse with hyaluronidase if unhappy

You still have swelling from your touch-up, which can last 1-2 weeks after your procedure. You can apply firm pressure between two fingers on the lips for a few days, for 5 mins a time in order to help decrease swelling and even out the lumps. If you're unhappy with your final results, you can have it reversed with hyaluronidase and try a different technique next time. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 188 reviews

Lips filler injections - worst after

Thank you for your question and pictures. I am sorry to hear about your issue. Swelling and bruising after dermal fillers injections can take up to two weeks to resolve. Results should get better. You may want to try massaging your upper lip gently to soften the product. However, if after two weeks your upper lips still look like it has too much volume or lumpy, I would return to dissolve some of the product or you may consider a different injector. All the best, 

Alain Michon, MD
Ottawa Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Injectable Fillers

It should be gently massaged to help smooth out some of the product.  If product remains in an area and is not improving that area then it can be dissolved.

Lip injections

It typically takes a product 2 weeks to settle following a lip injection.  However, from your photos it appears your upper lip has more product than your lower lip which is not the aesthetic result you strive for.  

I would recommend at the 2 week mark, if the upper lip remains larger than the lower lip, that you have the product dissolved.  You may also want to consider a different injector.  Best of luck!

Elena Vega, DO
New York General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Tried getting my lip injections fixed and they are worse! I'm freaking out.

Thank you for sharing your question.  Typically I recommend allowing at least 2-3 weeks time to pass before assessing your results as the lips often need time to soften and mature.  That said it appears your filler was placed in an incorrect position and would best be treated by reversal and reinjection.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Lip filler injection

Too much filler has been placed in the upper lip and the natural shape of the lip has not been preserved. I do not think you will be ever be happy with this result or this injector. I suggest you see a more experienced injector. You will likely need to have the filler reversed and then reinjected. 

Shaun Patel, MD
Miami Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

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