Should I Massage the Lumps the First Day I Get Juvederm?

I just got Juvaderm today and have noticed a few lumps. The doctor told me I'd have swellling. I had a pretty big lump on my forehead, between my eyes. I massaged that and it went away. I'm wondering if I should be massaging right now or just waiting and seeing what happens in the next 24 hours and massaging later if need be.

Doctor Answers 12

Massaging after Juvederm

I advise all my patients to follow a "hands off" approach to the treated areas after any filler injections. At the time of the injection treatments, I will massage all of the filler products so they are exactly where I want them. Once my patient leaves the office they have been instructed to wash the area gently and to use sunscreens and moisturizing lotions as needed. Both Juvederm and Restylane are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural component of the skin. They will often cause immediate swelling which can be made worse by the patient manipulating the area. So the best way to keep the filler from "moving around" would be to leave it alone!

South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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I don't like patients to massage after Juvederm

Personally, I prefer my patients NOT massage, as they can move Juvederm around into unwanted areas, causing more lumps or other problems. I like my patients to leave everything alone for at least a few days, and then see me if there are any problems because I can make adjustments much better than the patients can.

F. Victor Rueckl, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Massaging after filler

I advise not to massage the filler that I have injected unless the patient clearly feels or sees a lump; in this case, I'd prefer to see it for myself and massage it out for them. ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Should I massage Juvederm lumps the first day injected?

My recommendation would be to wait a few days to be sure it's not just swelling. Massage too early on, can cause more trauma and create more swelling. Be patient for at least 72 hrs. Then see your provider if you still feel or see lumps. They should be easy to correct. 

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Lumps after injection

I would recommend a call to the person who injected you.  He or she would be able to better advise you since they know how much product was placed and where.  It isn't uncommon to have some swelling after injection, which may be what you're experiencing. If it is swelling, it should subside within a few days.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Whether to Massage after Juvederm Injections

Thanks for your question!


For your best outcome and safety, please see your doctor regarding any persistent lumps. There may be some swelling immediately after the injections that can last until the next day. Trying to massage the area will move the Juvederm around and may end up looking worse, giving you a result you do not want. Take care!

Shankar Lakshman, MD
Pasadena Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Lumps after Juvederm

If you observe lumps, then consult the injector. Any massage should be done under the specific guidance of the objector as many injectors prefer to do any massage himself/herself.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

No massage

After allowing the swelling to resolve for a couple days, if you have any concerns, you should see you doctor and allow him/her to examine you.

A.J. Amadi, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Lump and massage after filler

Without an exam, it is difficult to say, but the best approach for you would be to speak with your doctor.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews


Thank you for your question. You just had Juviderm today and some swelling and lumpiness is expected. Messaging it carries the risk of dispersing the material and losing the volume effect. Contact your doctor and ask him about and he/she will advise you.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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