What should I expect in the days following Juvederm Smile? Which 'Arnica' product should I buy?
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Swelling after lip injections
Swelling and bruising after Juvederm
Thank you for your question natw14. Juvederm is a great product to enhance the lips. Swelling and bruising are not uncommon after an injection. Swelling and bruising can last up to two weeks. In our office we provide ice packs to our patients and recommend that they apply cold compresses to minimize swelling and bruising. Sleeping on an extra pillow to elevate the head is also beneficial. I have my patients return two weeks after a treatment to assess the results. At this point the swelling has likely subsided and the final results are evident. We treat bruises as early as the following day after a filler using a laser. This makes the bruise resolve in one to three days rather than up to two weeks. There have been no studies demonstrating an effect of arnica on resolving bruising more quickly. However, anecdotally some people see improvement when using it. Please contact your doctor for specific recommendations. Good lulck!
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