Hardness Under Skin After Juvederm

I had Juvederm done on Friday for my nasolabial lines and marionette lines. I expected swelling (which I had, and is reducing) but didn't expect hardness under the skin. It feels like two hard lines running down the nasolabial lines. Is this normal? And if so, how long will it last?

Doctor Answers 15

Some irregularities are normal...

It’s not unusual for patients to have contour irregularities of the facial skin following Juvederm injections. In the vast majority of patients this is usually related to swelling and may take several weeks to resolve.
Unfortunately, in some cases these lumps, bumps and areas of hardness may be related to uneven injection of Juvederm or superficial injection of Juvederm. The hard lines you describe following treatment of nasolabial folds and marionette lines probably fall into this category. Juvederm tends to absorb water which can accentuate this problem as well.
When this situation arises, it’s important to contact your physician. In some cases gentle massage will address the problem. In other cases removal of the Juvederm will be necessary. This can be accomplished by either perforating the skin and extracting the material or using the enzyme hyaluronidase to dissolve the material.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Hardness under the skin from Juvederm

Juvederm is a great injection especially for the nasolabial and marionette lines.  Do the injections LOOK abnormal or do you just FEEL hardness? Without photos it is impossible to assess what is going on.  Many patients who have injections in this area, especially for the first time, are not used to having something injected.  It may also be that too much product was injected in the nasolabial area.  For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with Juvederm injections.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Juvederm Hardness

Their are many causes of hardness after Juvederm:

  • Improper injection plane
  • Improper techinque
  • Aggregation of material (more common in Radiesse)
  • Rare (nodule)
  • Microhematoma

Followup with your injector per your concern level.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 166 reviews

Juvederm Hardness

As Juvederm is placed under the skin with a needle to plump up the wrinkles and with doing so it can draw fluid into the injected areas. The hardness feeling you are describing may be totally normal and seen a few days after you have the Juvederm done. Within usually a week or so the feeling will subside and around week 2 you should be satisfied its effects. I recommend placing a cold compress to this area and gently massage this filler.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Swelling and hardness after Juvederm injection

This is not unusual and gentle massage can help. If persistent, excess Juvederm can be dissolved with an injection of hyaluronidase, which I rarely recommend unless the Juvederm is visibly problematic.

Trenton C. Jones, MD
Orem Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 43 reviews


Juvederm is used to plump up the wrinkles and with doing so it may draw fluid into the injected areas. The hardness feeling you are describing may be totally normal and seen a few days after you have the Juvederm done. Within usually a week or so the feeling will subside and around week 2 you should be loving its effects. If by chance the region does not become softer than it can be dissolved with Hyaluronidase, an excellent and fast dissolver of Juvederm.


Yael Halaas, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Lumps and Ridges after Juvederm

Being that the swelling has progressively reduced, the firmness may also likely soften within the first two weeks.  We teach our patients not to be overly concerned of what they can only feel versus seeing.  Our patients are invited to return in two weeks so that we may address any questions, concerns, and make certain that our mutual treatment goals were achieved.  With that said, I would encourage you to contact your practitioner.  He or she may not want you massaging the area. 

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Hardness understand after Juvederm injection

Juvederm is an excellent hyaluronic acid based injectable that can be used effectively for facial contouring.

It may be possible to feel this dermal filler under the skin shortly after the injection. Your best bet is to place a cold compress on to this area and to gently massage this filler. If you continue to feel this palpable threat or if it becomes visible, return to your doctor as they may choose to remove some of the filler or help melt the filler with the injection of another medication.

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Hardness or lumps are rare, but treatable

Juvederm Injections on lip area can sometimes couse some temporary reactions such as swelling, tenderness, brusing, redness, and also as some patients report, the feeling of uneven hard lumps. Usually, condition like these should resolve on its own within days. You could try to massage gently the injection site. It is always recommended to contact your physician to make sure he is aware of your concerns. A quick check up is always a good idea. In rare cases, the lump should be treated with an enzyme called Hyaluronidase that can dissolve the Juvederm.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

This is common, but talk to your doctor

Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane create some of their beneficial effect by drawing water into the area, expanding the material, and creating the plump and full appearance you desire. Depending on your skin type, the amount of filler injected, and the technique, this can sometimes cause the thick feeling you describe. Usually it abates in a few days, but I would discuss it with my plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

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