Severe lip swelling after restylane and I'm back to work Tuesday. Please help! What can I do to minimise the swelling? (Photo)

Hi, I had restylyn 1ml lip fillers yesterday at 16.00. My lips were OK when I left the surgeons office but a few hours later have severely swollen. I'm taking arnica and eating pineapple prior and after the procedure. Yesterday I started taking benadryl and predinisolone prescribed by the doctor last year for a sun allergy 5mg . should I continue taking them as I heard steroids retain water? I have noticed a slight improvement. Please help I have work Tuesday! Thank you

Doctor Answers 7

Restylane lip swelling

Thank you for your question. It is very common for the lips to look over corrected or fake the next day.
This is due to all the swelling that ensues. I often tell my patients that this is the "oh my gosh" day.
It can be 'oh my gosh' my lips are so swollen! It could also be 'oh my gosh' I love my lips even more than yesterday. Either way, the swelling may last a few days with every day showing a decrease in swelling. The more you ice the first day or two, the less swelling you will have. I would wait a few days to a week and then return to your injector if you still have concerns after that. If you like the look of the lips at some point during the swelling reduction, then take a picture. This way you know what volume you like in the lips for the future.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Lip Swelling After Restylane

Lip swelling for 36 to 48 hours after Restylane is usually expected.  Use ice 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off alternating.  You can sleep in a recliner or with your head elevated with pillows to help also.  Some people take ibuprofen or Advil to decrease inflammatory response.  Make sure this is OK with your other medications and take as directed on the back of the bottle.  Hope this helps.  Most people will have minimal swelling left after the 2 full days.  

Jennifer Janiga, MD
Reno Dermatologic Surgeon
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Severe lip swelling after restylane and I'm back to work Tuesday. Please help! What can I do to minimise the swelling?

Taking arnica and doing cold compresses will a help but swelling usually lasts a few days, up to two weeks 

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Restylane and swelling

Restylane is a great filler for the nasolabial and lips.  However, there is often some swelling that can last a few days after the procedure.  I would recommend you applying some ice compresses to your lips.  You should be able to return to work.

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
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Lip swelling after Restylane

You should be fine by the time you go back to work. Try 10 minute cool compresses(do not put ice directly to your skin). The steroids and antihistamines will not hurt and might actually help as would taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory . 

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Lip swelling after Restylane Injection will subside

The swelling I see in the pictures appears to be within the realm of normal. I don't like the fact that you have self prescribed the prednisone but that will help some. Elevation when sleeping will help. Most of the swelling is probably related to the hydrophilic properties of Restylane, absorbing some if the water from the surrounding tissue. Arnica will help but it will just take a little time. You should be ok by Tuesday I suspect. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Swelling after Restylane to the lips

This is a significant amount of swelling and probably more than you anticipated, but it will improve very quickly. You should apply cold compresses for 10 minutes at least three times a day, and drink cold beverages. 

The prednisolone is a prescription medication with potentially serious side effects and it sounds as though it was given to you for a different problem.  You should discuss this with your physician before taking any more.

Swelling is not a given after filler injections and injecting smaller amounts and adding more later if needed can prevent most of it.  It also helps a little to start the icing treatments immediately arter the injections.

Try to have a good weekend knowing this will get better very quickly.

Sheryl D. Clark, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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