Perlane Recovery: How Long Will Swelling Last?

How long will the swelling last and is it possible that 1cc is too much for fold area? Also, should I request them to reduce the amount of filler?

Doctor Answers 9

Swelling after injections

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Swelling can last for a few days, but if the area is overcorrected than it will last for months. Some patients need more than one cc for each smile fold, but others may need less than one for both folds. Your anatomy and volume loss are different from the next patient’s, and yours is different now than years ago and it will be different in the future than it is now. Therefore, your volume replacement quantity is not the same and will change over time.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Perlane and swelling

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It is not uncommon to have a week or two of swelling, and dependent upon volume loss and amount needed, 1 vial of Perlane may or may not be enough. Without seeing you in person, it is very difficult to answer your question.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

Swelling after Perlane

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I find that swelling can last a variable amount of time. However for the average patient I treat, the most significant amount of swelling goes away within 3 to 7 days. there are some who swell very little to others who swell quite a bit. The nasolabial fold area doesn't swell as much as other areas in response to injectable fillers. Restylane or Juvederm in the lips or lower eyelids tends to show more swelling on average. I advise patients to use cold packs immediately after treatment, and in some we also use arnica montana orally to minimize swelling and bruising.

You want the result to be the best it can be. Using less filler in the end will not get you a better result. You will probably still have swelling, and when that goes away , you will be undercorrected. If you need 1, or even 2 cc to fill the deficit in this area, it does not sound like too much, unless you have minimal folds Most patients I treat need at least 1 or more cc's.

Cynthia M. Poulos, MD
Northborough Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 17 reviews


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Thank you for your question. It is best to wait 1-2 weeks to allow the swelling to go down, and the filler to settle. If your are still unhappy with the results then you can go back to your doctor and request a vitrase injection, which will dissolve some of the filler. Good luck!

Janet Allenby, DO
Delray Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Minimal swelling when performed correctly

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In general, most of my patients experience very minimal swelling and bruising after treatment. If there is any, it usually resolves within two weeks or so. If you have too much product injected, then you can always return to your injector after two weeks and get hyaluronidase. This will reverse the results.

How Long Will Swelling Last?

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Swelling with Perlane will last 1-2 weeks.  Swelling may last longer if there is a bruise.   You may need more then 1 cc for your nasolabial folds. Consult with a board certified injector.  Best Wishes.  

Swelling with Perlane

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Swelling varies greatly from person to person but typically last 2-5 days. 1cc is most likely not too much for the nasolabial folds, but again everyone is different. Not everyone needs the same amount.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Perlane, Juvederm, Fill NLF's, Face Fillers

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Honestly, there's almost no swelling with Perlane in the NLF's or Cheeks.  We have patients that get perlane and attend important functions, red carpet events, TV appearances that same day or evening.  Much less swelling than with Radiesse in my opinion.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Perlane and swelling

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As for how much to inject it really depend supon what you look like.  The perlane swelling usually subsides in a few days.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

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