Go back to doctor? Go to urgent care? (photos)

Tried Restylane 2 days ago from a reputable doctor, injection was for the crease in the middle of my forehead which is red, sore and swollen (expected). The unexpected when I woke up this morning is that the filler has moved down the sides of my nose swelling my eyelids and affecting my view. Is this part of the normal process or should I seek medical help. Its hard to know since I've never had this done before.

Doctor Answers 4

Swelling After Restylane To Glabella

It is rare and unusual for the filler to migrate. This is most likely swelling that should resolve. I would recommend returning to your injector rather than going to an urgent care. Urgent care physicians don't know how to deal with filler complications and end up unnecessarily scaring patients. See your reputable physician. Best wishes.


Sherman Oaks General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Restylane/Movement?/Swelling?--Forehead Wrinkles and Crows Feet -- Botox, Lasers, Fillers, Needling

It is unlikely that the Restylane has moved unless you were actively pushing on your face. This is most likely swelling after your injection, which is typical. I suggest contacting your injector. If you're unhappy with filler results, microneedling/prp and lasers can have good results in this area. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 165 reviews

Complications following glabella filler injection

Dear 7cole777:

Thanks for sharing your photo but they do not provide the clinical examination required to determine a injection complication. Please:

  1. Return to your injector immediately.
  2. If your injector is unavailable seek the examination and care of a emergency room.

I wish you the best!

Dean P. Kane, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Restylane moving?

unless you were aggressively pushing on your forehead after the Restylane, it is highly unlikely that the product moved. What is more likely is that you slept flat (minimal head elevation) and what you are seeing is swelling. The swelling from Restylane (because the product is very hydrophilic "attracts water") is significant and I have seen delayed extension of swelling (particularly in this area before). The area around your eyes is extremely sensitive. A little bit of swelling will certainly affect your vision. Ice to the area and keep your head elevated. 

Lily Lee, MD
Pasadena Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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