Severe swelling after restylane voluma to the lips. Is this normal? (Photo)

I had 1 ml of restylane volume injected into my lips yesterday afternoon at around 5pm. I went home and iced my lips like I was instructed and when I woke up in the morning my lips are severely swollen. They are very tender but the swelling has got me concerned. I have had my lips done before but with Juvederm and did not have this effect. Is this normal for restylane? I'm just a little worried as this has not happened with previous fillers.

Doctor Answers 3

Lip Injections and swelling

Injecting the lips is an art even more than a science.  The proper product and placement is most important.  I cannot tell from your photo if the swelling is a localized reaction to the product such as an allergy or just swelling from placement.  I suggest you ice the area and return to your treating physician for examination. 

New York Dermatologist
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Swelling after lip injection

Thank you for your question. Severe swelling is possible after any lip injection, regardless of the product. Many of my patients find that taking an antihistamine ( like Zyrtec) the day of treatment and the following day helps prevent this. Applying ice is a common treatment and usually helps. If your swelling persists, you should talk with your injection specialist for follow-up. Good luck. 

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after lip injections.

Thank you for your question. Swelling is a common side effect of lip injections and can take approx 2 weeks to resolve. Typically swelling is worse in the AM upon waking up. Apply cold compresses for 10 mins on several times a day. Return to your injector if you remain concerned. 


Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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