When Will my Filled Lips Look Normal? (photo)

Yesterday for the first time I had 1 syringe of juvederm put into my lips. Dr also did the dental block. I wanted something natural, just a bit fuller, and I have huge, duck lips! They are all black and blue and are sticking way far out. I'm terrified they won't go down and look normal. I iced them yesterday off and on all day. What should I do?

Doctor Answers 17

When Will my Filled Lips Look Normal?

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Swelling and bruising is normal after having a filler. Give it a full two weeks for the lips to heal to see your final result. You can also take arnica for the time being to help speed the swelling.

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When will my filled lips look normal?

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After one day, you will be experiencing swelling. This should improve within two weeks. The ice will help, and it will just take a little bit of time for the swelling to resolve. I would recommend speaking with your provider, as they will be able to provide you with the best advice. I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck.

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Juvederm in the lips

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You are at leat 9 days out and the swelling should have subsided from bruising and inflammation. If you feel they are too plump and 'ducky' as you describe it, you should contact the provider - it is important during the injection to give the physician feedback as to how much is enough or too much and this can be done by having a mirror in your hand and looking at the work in progress.

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Juvederm and swollen lips

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You do have swelling and bruising from your Juvederm injections.  It will take about 2 weeks to see the final result and if you are not happy, return to your doctor.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Swelling from Juvederm in the lips

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It is always advisable to wait at least one and preferably two weeks for all of the swelling to resolve before assessing the results of filler injections, especially a hyaluronic acid filler like Juvederm. I always recommend waiting several weeks for the swelling to go down after the treatment before worrying about any long-term adverse effects or considering any "touch-up" treatments such as additional filler injections or reversing the treatment using hyaluronidase.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Lip Injections

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Hi Penny.  Sorry to hear about your situation.  The swelling and bruising should subside in the next 3-7 days.  If you are really concerned, you should send these photos to your injector to get reassurance.  One syringe is not necessarily too much although you did have full lips at the start.  

Things should improve drastically for you as the swelling goes down.  Good luck.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after Juvederm

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It appears that you have some blood collection or hematoma in the injection sites and dental block areas especially on the right side. I would suggest seeing your injecting physician for a check up. If you have any history of cold sores you may need to be placed on an antiviral medication like zovirax. The bruising under the tissues will slowly dissipate in the next week or two. I personally ask my patients to refrain from aspirin and aspirin containing compounds or other medications and herbs that have blood thinning tendencies at least a week prior to injection to avoid any excessive bruising and swelling. Your lips will go down so do not be terrified however your before photograph shows nice full lips so you may want to reconsider if this treatment is necessary for you in the future. Best regards and quick healing. Michael V. Elam, M.D.

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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When Will my Filled Lips Look Normal?

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 From the photos provided, it appears that you may have an injection hematoma where the Juvederm was injected into the upper lip on the right side.  This will create a subsequent bruise that will slowly resolve over the next few weeks.  You may want to avoid taking aspirin and other blood thinners for several weeks as well as strenuous exercise to avoid further bleeding into the lip.  You should contact and be seen by the MD that did your Lip Augmentation with Juvederm for follow up as the hematoma dissipates.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lip fillers

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Relax and take a deep breath. The lips are often maximally swollen a day or two after filler,more than likely they will go down. Many patients come back two weeks later saying that their lips need more.  One syringe is a good start for most and often two are necessary.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling of lips after Juvederm injections

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The swelling will go down, so relax, use some ice cold compresses lightly to the area and avoid hot beverages and any aspirin or NSAIDs.  Even at this point after injections, arnica may still be of benefit and reduce the swelling more quickly,  so consider taking a short course of Arnica.  One brand name we use in the office is Sinech, but you can also find it at Whole Foods or any health food store.  Next time consider taking arnica ahead of time and icing the lips prior to injections.  I have that feeling there may be too much placed in your upper lip, but give it a week before you pass judgement on the balance of upper to lower lip volumes.

Steven Swengel, MD
Los Gatos Dermatologic Surgeon
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