What Are Potential Juvederm Reactions?

can doctors please explain plausible reactions you could have to Juvederm injected?

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Juvederm side effects

There is usually some discomfort associated with Juvederm, depending on where you have it placed and your own pain tolerance. This can be minimized with topical anesthetics, nerve blocks, and ice.

Typically, there is mild swelling and redness at the injected sites for several days after the injections of Juvederm. These are the really common side effects.

There is a more remote risk of other complications, such as, but not limited to, any of the following: prolonged redness and swelling, ecchymoses (black and blue bruise-like marks), infection, discoloration, damage to nerve resulting in numbness or paralysis and/or allergic reactions which may be mild or severe.

Exposure to sun and/or alcoholic beverages may increase the possibility of swelling and redness at the injected sites.

Baton Rouge Dermatologic Surgeon

Potential Juvederm Reactions

The most common side effects are swelling, pain and brusing. These can be controlled with proper technique, proper pre treatment preparation, and post treatment care.

If you have a history of fever blisters, Valtrex may be prescribed for you to prevent a recurrence of fever blishers and any possible problems related to it.

Some other possible complications include infection, and the possibility of uneven appearance, requiring additional procedures.

Poor cosmetic result, uneven lips, folds or areas of hardness and bulging and/or depression may rarely occur due to unexpected response to the material.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Minimizing Juvederm and Restylane reactions

Both Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid fillers. They provide tissue augmentation partially by plumping tissue via attracting fluid to areas injected. Subsequently, swelling and bruising are not unexpected particularly with inexperienced injectors who may perform injection too rapidly. Avoidance of blood thinners such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or vitamin E is advisable 2 weeks prior to injection. Ice compress, taking Arnica and fresh pineapple (containing bromelain) before and after injection and Benadryl after injection procedure may be helpful to minimizing bruising and swelling. In the case of exceedingly rare case of nodules, hyluronidase may be used for reversal.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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Juvederm Side effects

The most commonly reported side effects for Juvederm are temporary injection-site redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, firmness, lumps, bruising, discoloration, and itching. For injectable gels, they are mostly mild or moderate in severity, with duration of 14 days or less. These can be controlled with proper technique, proper pretreatment preparation, and post treatment care.

Hardik Soni, MD
Summit Emergency Medicine Physician
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Juvederm Adverse Reactions/ Side Effects

The most common temporary side effects of Juvederm Ultra & Ultra Plus are redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. There also might be temporary tenderness/pain , firmness, and lumps/bumps. Most side effects are mild and last less than 7 days.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm in the lips, Side-effects

Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler which has a couple of gel forms, Ultra and Ultraplus which diifer in molecular cross-linking. The Ultraplus has more cross linking and is a thicker gel. Both are work well when injected in the lips, though I use the Ultraplus more frequently because it is more form stable and seems to last longer. The side-effects are fairly minimal and can include swelling and bruising, as well as "lumpiness". Allergic reactions and infections may occur very infrequently. If there are any bumps or inconsistencies, the gel can be dissolved with a hyaluronidase injection. In general, very safe with few reactions.

I hope this helps.

Andrew P. Trussler, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm reactions should be very rare with good technique.


Other than a little swelling and bruising, there should essentially be no bad reaction with Juvederm injections.  But it all depends on the skill and the good eye of the plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Reactions to Juvederm

Reactions are mostly due to local irritation only.  This can be redness, puffiness, lumpiness, and soreness.  Very rarely, the area can be come infected requiring drainage and antibiotics.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 202 reviews

Juvederm reactions are rare

Juvederm is an injectable wrinkle filler made from a material called hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally occurring in the body. For this reason, true reactions are rare. Any injectable product can case temporary bruising and swelling.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Prevention of Juvederm reaction

Patients that come in for Juvederm have potential to have a local reation which could consist of redness, swelling pain and sometime bruising! But we offer a vitamedica blister pack which contains arnica montana which prevents bruising and of course ice packs that helps with pain and swelling. So educate as far as a local reaction but reasure them we can treat it and that the symptoms will dissipate.

William J. Hedden, MD
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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