Can Massaging Reverse Fat Injection Effects on my Lips?

I had an Fat injection to my upper lips 12 days ago. The swelling has gone down but my lip looks so big and my face expression has completeley changed. My mouth looks like a fish. I'm so unhappy with the result. What can I do to reverse this injection? Is it possible to take the fat out or make it fade away with massage?

Doctor Answers 6

Lipo fat injections create a lot of swelling

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It will certainly take longer than 12 days for the fat swelling to resolve. Furthermore, unless the technique was the Viafill system, a large amount of the fat will resolve and go away. So be patient. It will get better.

Fat injections to the lips

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Being that you are only 12 days out from fat injection to the lips, I would wait it out a bit. They are still swollen from the procedure and the swelling will come down more.

Fat transfer to the lips

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You are ONLY 12 days after the transfer. There is still a lot of swelling and healing going on.

Wait at least 12 weeks. Massage will not help, may cause more swelling, wait sometimes a short course of steroids can decrease the swelling and inflammation.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Correction of fat injection in lips

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Massage will not change the amount of fat in the lips after fat injection. The most likely reason for the swelling so early is edema and this will resolve with time. The lips will gradually improve with time in terms of size. Massage, however, will minimize the risk of lumps and uneveness.

I always use BruisePak tablets after fat injections for this reason.

There may still be significant swelling by day 12 post-op

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As long as the swelling is decreasing, you can consider a seven day course of oral steroid per your doctor. I find that commonly, some swelling is still present in week 3.

Oral and topical Arnica is part of my perioperative care. Gentle massage can help with swelling a bit of shaping.

Fat grafting has an important technical know-how.

Reza Nabavian, MD
Santa Monica Plastic Surgeon

Massage can help very minimally

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Massage is not likely to make a huge difference and at best it will make the swelling go down faster. Your upper lip should never be bigger let alone greater than 1/2 the size of your lower lip. My theory on aesthetics or facial beauty, Circles of Prominence, has discovered that your upper lip should be about 1/2 the size of your lower lip. Your swelling may go down quite a bit. Hopefully most of that will go away.

Give it some time and try not to worry too much about it. You can make the fat go away through microliposuction with the same cannulas that you put them in with. Sometimes you can also excise the extra fat out and different types of excisions can be done to make the lip look better and smaller. The swelling will likely go down quite a bit though. It can be done though!

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

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