Formation of lumps in the treatment area after a lip filler treatment is possible no matter the type of filler used. There are several varieties of lip fillers one can choose from, depending on preference and budget. There are some of which have been made with biosynthetic materials and others that are made with bioorganic materials. Lumps are now being formed in most treatment areas irrespective of the type of filler used.
Besides lip filling, lip fillers are also being used for other purposes such as wrinkle filling, asymmetries or scarring correction, rejuvenation, volume replacement, and contouring. Due to these various other uses, lumps or granulomas have become increasingly common.
What can I do if I get a lump after a lip filler treatment?
Without a doubt, seeing or feeling a lump after your lip filling can be scary. However, it would be best if you tried to relax, no matter how or confused you are. What you should know is that the lump is probably caused by swelling or hematoma at the injection site and is probably benign, meaning it is not an abnormal growth. When you do feel this lump, do well to contact your filler provider. Your provider will help you confirm if it is a problem like an infection or a vascular block. If it is not, and your provider says you are in the clear, then relax and let it disappear on its own after a while, usually around one or two weeks. However, you can reduce the swelling by using an ice pack or a cold compress.
What do I do if it does not disappear?
If a lump does not disappear even after a while, it may be because of congealed hyaluronic acid. This is usually common when fillers from the Juvederm and Restylane families are used. This issue can be resolved by injecting hyaluronidase right into the lump. It will dissolve the lump as well as the filler previously injected. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, and so does hyaluronidase. Expect swelling in your mouth after injection with the hyaluronidase, but you should give your lip tissue adequate time to heal before going for a fresh lip filling.
What do I do if the lumps remain even after the swelling has disappeared?
This might be a good time to visit your provider for a proper checkup. If you can still feel the lumps even after the normal swelling has reduced, you should see your provider for help. Your provider will assess the lump and find out what the problem may be. From its consistency, it would be easier to tell if it is something to be worried about or not.
When assessing the lump, your provider should also take note if they are tender when touched. The lumps can either be soft, hard, or rubbery. If it is soft, it is probably just filler that was clumped or undissolved in one area. The provider with a firm massage can smoothen this lump.
WHAT IF I FEEL PAIN?
If the lump feels painful, has a hard consistency, or is tender to the touch, it could mean that you are having an allergic reaction to the filler that was used. Allergic reactions are common with lip fillers; however, they are treated as granulomas formation and requires a different approach.
Steroids which can be oral or injected are used to treat allergic reactions, and there have been significant success rates with its use. There are various types of steroids; however, for safety reasons and best results, you should use the one recommended by your provider. During treatment with the steroids, report back if there is persistent pain, violaceous discoloration, or immediate blanching.
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