What can be done to fix lips? Had Artefill injected 10 years ago and it looks terrible. (photos)

I had Artefill injected around 10 years ago and regret it. It looks like it was injected below my bottom lip border and is very assymetrical. Is there anyway to fix there or at least make it appear more normal. It looks like two blobs under my lip. Thanks

Doctor Answers 3

Treatment Options For Lips Injected With Artefill

Artefill injected into the lips can create lumps and nodules that can be extremely difficult to treat adequately.  One approach is to use a combination of steroid and 5 FU injections to try to dissolve and soften the nodules.  

This can be followed by injections of belotero, juvederm smile or restylane silk to try to camouflage the areas of lumpiness.  Direct excision of the artefill carries with it a risk of tissue deficit, asymmetry and deformity of the lips that can be difficult to completely correct.


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Artefill in the Lips

I am sorry that you are having this problem.  Are you sure that you had Artefill?  Artefill was not available in the US until late 2006 and not many people were injecting it for the next few years.  There are a number of similar products that were available in Mexico that gave results similar to yours and that is why I am wondering.  From what can be seen, you may need surgery to correct your situation.  I have not found injections to be that useful for your situation.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Lip Augmentation after Artefill Injections

You could use fillers (Juvederm or Restylane), lip implants or fat to improve the look and symmetry of your lips. You may need surgery or 5fu/steroid injections for the bump area directly.  See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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