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Are lumps and bumps after Lip Fillers normal?

Updated: Feb 15

It's not uncommon to experience lumps or bumps after getting lip fillers, but they are typically temporary and often resolve on their own. Swelling, bruising, and slight irregularities in the treated area can occur, especially in the first few days after the procedure. These side effects are usually mild and part of the normal healing process. Lip fillers take time to fully integrate into the lip tissue.

Are lumps and bumps after Lip Fillers normal?

Why does my lip feel firm and tense after lip filler?

A firm-feeling lip immediately after lip filler is normal. Lips are very delicate structures with very thin skin. As a result, even the slightest of irregularities can be felt and sometimes seen. When you have your lips injected with dermal filler, the filler is placed in fine threads. As the lip filler is of a different density to your natural lip tissue, you will able to feel this difference when you touch your lips.

Swelling and bruising can also cause certain parts of the lips to feel firmer than others. It is the combination of swelling, bruising and new filler that causes your freshly injected lips to feel hard and lumpy.

Over the first few days the swelling and bruising from the procedure will improve. After 2 weeks, your lips should feel almost back to normal with the dermal filler hydrating and smoothing out to further improve the firmness and lumpiness.

What should I do if I have lip filler nodules instead of lumps?

Nodules may occur due to lip filler presented in a bolus within the lip instead of fine threads. This causes the integration into the lip tissue to take much longer than the rest of the filler in the lip, thereby presenting as a odd nodule. We recommend scratching the nodule, if any, with your fingertip to slowly break it up and allow it to integrate more evenly with your lip tissue. This process may take a few days for the nodule to gradually disperse using this method.

What if the lumps and bumps don't resolve after 4 weeks? How do I get rid of them?

If you notice persistent or severe lumps after 2 weeks, it's essential to contact your injector. They can evaluate the situation and provide guidance on whether any adjustments or additional treatments are necessary. In some cases, massaging the treated area as directed by your practitioner may help smooth out any unevenness. At Radianne Skin, we do not suggest massaging as it could cause the lip filler to migrate if done incorrectly.

If after 4 weeks, your lips still lumpy, it is likely that the lip filler was injected unevenly or migrated to other areas as your speak, smile and eat. Persistent lumps from lip fillers can be treated with hyalase, a dermal filler dissolving drug. If the lump does not bother you, you can let it wear off on its own as the filler will metabolise over time. This may take a long time in some cases.

It's crucial to choose a skilled and experienced practitioner, such as Radianne Skin, for your lip filler procedure to minimize the risk of complications. Additionally, following post-treatment care instructions and attending follow-up appointments can contribute to a successful and satisfying outcome.

Radianne Skin is located in Melbourne CBD, central to many of Melbourne's suburbs in terms of accessibility. Book a comprehensive consultation with us now to discuss how we can assist you in achieving your aesthetic goals!


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