I had Juvederm injected and I can feel the "line" raised up. Can it be smoothed out after injection, or is this the way it's supposed to be?
Raised Line Where Juvederm Was Injected
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Raised Line Following Juvederm (or Restylane) Injection
In my practice, I have every filler patient follow up with me personally 2-3 weeks after injection for evaluation and "after" photos (so the patient and I can compare them to their "before" photos). By 2 weeks, the filler should have "settled in" and the final result should be apparent. A raised line in the treated area may represent injection of the filler too close to the surface of the overlying skin. When superficial placement is the issue, there is usually a bluish tint to the affected area (caused by the "Tyndall effect" which involves the way light is reflected off of the skin). Depending upon how superficial, your physician may be able to "extract" some of the filler through the skin's surface by using a small needle. Another option is the injection of hyaluronidase, an enzyme which dissolves any hyaluronic acid filler (including Juvederm and Restylane). Alternatively, gently massaging the area using a lubricant such as Aquaphor may improve the appearance and is worth a try. In rare cases, a red line at the site of Juvederm injection may be represent an allergy or infection. I recommend following up for evaluation with your injecting physician and following his or her advice on how to proceed.
Dr. Tina West
Chevy Chase, MD
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Rasied line after juvederm
If there is an area where perhaops the filer was placed too superficially, it may lead to a raised appearance. This can sometimes be massaged to flatten or may require hyaluronidase to dissolve it.
if the area is still raised and visibly noticable after several days, then your doctor can inject hyaluronidase to dissolve some of the filler. Juvederm Ultra is used for more superficial planes than Juvederm Ultra Plus. Provided the correct filler was used, and the right placement and appropriate amount, then you may notice a very good result to develop once the inflammation subsides.
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Try Message. Take a Q tip and gently message the line. It should go down as the hyaluronic acid embeds itself among its fellow HA molecules. If the problem persists after two weeks you might return to your physician for hyaluronidase injections. These enzyme breaks down the HA, but you should be tested first, especially if you are allergic to bee stings.
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