I had Juvederm injected into corners of mouth and under lips, which looked terrible so I had it dissolved four days ago. Now it looks worse- puffy pouches around my mouth. Is this swelling? If so, how long before I look normal? If not, whAt can be done to fix it? Thank you!!
Saggy Juvederm Pouches?
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Swelling after lip injections
Swelling after Juvederm injection and hyaluronidase treatment
You have undergone a number of injections around your lips over a short period of time. The lips are particularly prone to swelling. None of the treatments you had should cause any lasting adverse outcomes. I would be patient and give everything a chance to settle down. If you are still concerned with your appearance after another couple of weeks, then you might begin to consider alternative options.
It does not take several weeks for the effect of the enzyme to finalize.
Here is the bottom line. It is hard to know precisely how much enzyme is needed to remove a hyaluronic acid treatment. It might take very little to make the difference or quite a bit. More than one treatment session of enzyme may be necessary. In my extensive experience, Juvederm is harder to remove than Restylane. This is because Juvederm seems to disperse more in the tissue. Also after an enzyme treatment, unexpected swelling is pretty routine. This seems to be directly related to the use of the enzyme to break down the filler product. Generally, whatever is transient is resolved in a few days, at most a week. At that point, whatever is left, assuming it is not to your liking, needs more enzyme to further break down the product. Don't assume your injecting physician has the expertise with enzyme needed to get this job done.
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Unhappy with Juvederm
Thank you for your question about Juvederm and your unhappy result.
- the Vitrase that dissolves Juvederm's hyaluronic acid gel can be irritating,
- the tissues around the injection may be swollen,
- or the Juvederm only partly dissolved,
- Maximum swelling is day 3 after any treatment - you should be improving,
- if not, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon should see you, figure out what is going on and plan any next steps. Hope this helps!
Hyaluronidase and swelling
Any injection can cause swelling or bruising. The lips and the skin around the mouth are particularly sensitive and may swell more than other areas of the face. It is unlikely to be the hyaluronidase itself (rarely causes much swelling), but rather the fact that you are having an injection that is probably causing your swelling. Ice packs and sleeping upright in a recliner or with 3 or 4 pillows under your head can be helpful.
A small group of people is allergic to hyaluronidase, but this is unlikely if you are not having a significant amount of itching.
Juvederm and mouth and swelling
The hyaluronidase used to dissolve the juvederm will increase water and swelling in the area until it resolves. Give it a few weeks. Good luck.
Dear Anika, The events that you describe above are not considered normal for Juvederm injections. It is normal to have some swelling after the original injection of Juvederm which typically dissipates in a few days. I can happily say I have never had the need to dissolve any injectables so I am not an expert in the use of hyaluronidase. I would suggest seeing your treating physician for a proper diagnosis. Best regards, Michael V. Elam, M.D.
All depends on what was done
I would suggest calling your doctor or going back in to see if what you are asking about is normal as it does not sound that way.