Do cold compresses help reduce swelling? How long and how often? I had Juvederm yesterday and my upper lip and the left side of my face are swollen. I was planning to return to work tomorrow. How can I reduce the swelling?
Reducing Juvederm Swelling with Cold Compress?
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Reducing Juvederm swelling
Cold compresses can help reduce swelling over the first 24 hours following your procedure. I recommend intermittent application of cold compresses (do not apply ice directly, rather use a washcloth rinsed in ice-water, 5 minutes every half-hour, as tolerated). Benadryl or if you prefer a nonsedating antihistamine, Zyrtec can help. If you have bruising in addition to swelling, Arnica pills and topical gel may help.
Cold compresses are fine to use after Juvederm, but time will be of the greatest benefit
Thanks for your question.
It is common to have swelling with Juvederm injections for 2-4 days after the procedure. Common ways to reduce this swelling is with ice packs, and if you wait at least 1 day later, you can actually take advil/motrin/ibuprofen.
Avoid taking ibuprofen immediately after your procedure because it can cause brusing, but after one full day, you shouldn't have any problem using it.
Other than those two methods, time will be your best friend in your fight against the Juvederm swelling. By day 4, you should notice a dramatic reduction in your swelling and should do fine.
Some people actually have swelling up to 7 days, so don't be too worried if it's still a little "puffy." All of this will settle down.
Swelling after HA (hyaluronic acid) fillers
Lady Di: Yes cool gel packs, ice compresses, etc. can help reduce swelling if used early, ideally within the first few hours after your procedure. You might also get some benefit from keeping your head higher than your chest while lying down.
Most patients receiving HA fillers like Juvaderm and Restylane have relatively mild swelling. When the swelling is greater than usual or uneven you may want to contact your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to see if they think you should come back in for re-check.
If you notice bruising in addition to swelling, the swelling will probably take longer to go away, and the bruises may become more noticible before they fade.
We hope this won't stop you from returning to work.
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Thank you for your question. Icing on and off for 15 min can help the swelling reduce. You should also avoid salt, alcohol, and exercise for a day or two, as they can make the swelling worse. Good luck!
Swelling after Juvederm
It is common to have swelling for 2-4 days after Juvederm injections. You may use ice packs to reduce the swelling. One day after receiving injections you may take Advil or ibuprofen.
Cold compresses are very effective for reducing swelling from injectables. Cold compresses for a 20 minute on, 20 minutes off rotation, 3-4 times per day is usually very effective. I would recommend contacting your injector for the regimen they recommend since there can be many variables in regard to what is effective for you.
Cold Compress to Reduce Swelling after Juverderm
Dear Lady Di:Yes cold compress does help reduce swelling from Juvederm injections of the lip. I recommend applying the cold compress 5 minutes every 15-30 minutes for the first 1-2 days after injection and if your swelling persists after day 4, then to call in to your physician. Hope this information helps.
Swelling after Juvederm in the lips
I would wait a few days to a week and then return to your injector if you still have concerns after that. If you like the look of the lips at some point during the swelling reduction, then take a picture. This way you know what volume you like in the lips for the future.
Cold Compress Will Help!
Lip swelling following treatment with Juvederm can be a major source of anxiety for cosmetic surgery patients. It’s important to remember that swelling resolves with the passage of time and the majority of patients are ultimately happy with their result.
In your case, swelling eight hours after Juvederm injection wouldn’t be considered unusual. It’s therefore important to be patient.In the short term ice compresses might be helpful.
If you’re concerned about swelling following Juvederm injections it’s important to discuss this issue with your physician. Your physician should be able to formulate a plan that addresses your concerns.
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