V-y Lip Plasty + Juvederm Caused Granulomas & Duck Lips

A year & a half ago, I received v-y lip plasty. I was stupid enough to get juvederm injection on top of that. As a result, I have huge duck lips. The lips are very thick from scar tissue as a result from v-y plasty & I also developed granulomas. Both my lips come out too forward. I wanted my lips to become wider, NOT protrude forward. The light hits the top of my lips so much that it looks unnatural & my bottom lips sag. Can kenolog injection help my lips go in more and get rid of granulomas?

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V-y Lip Plasty + Juvederm Caused Granulomas & Duck Lips (Pictures)

Thanks for the two posted photos. Sorry for your issues. Yes try Kenalog injection series over 3 to 6 months. Let us know how the results are. From MIAMI Dr. Darryl j. Blinski

Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

V-Y Plasty & Juvederm Lip Augmentation

Hello Amy and thank you for the question.

It would be beneficial to see photographs of your lips in order to give you better advice.  In general, the development of granulomas with Juvederm is exceedingly rare. In fact, I have personally never seen it in my or my associates practice in over 6 years time. Nothing is impossible in medicine, however.

Regarding the V-Y plasty, we do a large number of these procedures yearly. I can assure you, Kenalog is not the answer. You in all likelihood need a revision to soften your look. You may want to consider injections of hyaluronidase to dissolve the Juvederm and hence devolumize your lips a little. I recommend you follow up with your surgeon for a re-evaluation.

Best of luck,

Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Hyaluronidase injections are best for reducing overfilling from Juvaderm

Hyaluronidase injections are best for reducing overfilling from Juvaderm. This is best done by an experienced cosmetic surgeon and over a period of time with multiple injections. 

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
2.8 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Juvederm and v-y with granulomas

It's unlikely the Juvederm caused granulomas but I agree that it may be dissolvable suture material from the v-y lip plasty.  I'd recommend you see the plastic surgeon who did your procedure because they know what was done in your operation and may be able to figure out what the best treatment would be for you.  

Dr. Cat Begovic M.D.

Catherine Huang-Begovic, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Granulomas ad lips

I have never seen a granuloma from juvederm,maybe it is related to scar tissue from the v-y lip procedure. Kenalog may help this.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Large lips from surgery

The juvederm rarely causes granulomas and at this time most should be dissolved. Maybe it wasn't Juvederm? Please get a consult with a plastic surgeon who can examine you to see what the best option is to reduce your lips.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Lumps long after lip injection and surgery

You may have one or more issue going on:

  • Granuloma formation
  • Biofilm associated infection
  • Injection of filler other than Juvederm
  • Scar tissue

As others suggested, it would be best to diagnose the problem before trying a Kenalog injection (which can cause side effects). After a proper examination, a biopsy with special cultures is the first step. If no evidence of infection after 6 weeks of microbiology cultures, then a Kenalog injection or surgical excision of the masses could be considered. If it is an infection, you may need up to 6 weeks of antibiotics. There are also cases where a laser was used to open these lesions on the lips and allow the material to drain out.

It may be best to see someone who has experience in dealing with these complications.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

This can't be from Juvederm

This is not normal.  I wonder if this is from some kind of multiple foreign body reactions to a surgical suture material. It could also be an atypical infectious process and then kenalog could be a disaster.

I am sure it is not from Juvederm. Please get a punch biopsy for culture, including atypical acid fast bacteria (takes weeks to culture) and an H and E to look for foreign body granulomatous process. Please talk to the surgeon and get the full operative report.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Juvederm and lip granulomas?

In my experience, Juvederm lasts only several months in the lip and I have never seen granulomas from it.  Also I have never seen as much volume as you have come from VY advancements.  Was this done in the US?  If so, please get your op notes and go to an excellent Chicago plastic surgeon for an exam and options. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Duck Lips

Based on your story, I would suspect that you did not receive what was promised.  Juvederm in the lips lasts only about 6 months, does not cause granulomas and can be dissolved.  Did you have this done out of the country?  I have seen this type of disaster before with patients that go to a "plastic surgeon" outside of the United States.  The filler used is silicone and it causes granulomas and scar contractures.  If this is the case, you have a real problem on your hands.  It will be very difficult to correct and may not be completely correctable. 

The first thing you want to do is find a board certified physician in the Chicago area to examine you.  Kenalog may be helpful but it is difficult to know without an exam.

Joseph Campanelli, MD
Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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