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Severe upper lip swelling after dermal filler in lips

This patient was injected with 1ml of Restylane dermal filler to lips causing severe swelling day 2



Day 2 Severe upper lip swelling post injection of 1ml of dermal filler to lips






This is a photo of day 2 post injection of 1ml of R******* to the lips. R******* and P****** are known for their swelling, but I love them for their lift, precision and longevity. It is argued that J******* and E****** swell less than R****** and P*****. I injected 0.8mls in the upper lip and 0.3mls in the lower lip. This photo just shows how the upper lip can  really swell horribly. Disproportionate swelling is the norm, ie the upper lip tends to usually swell SO much more than the lower. I always remind a patient at this time that my usual plan is to have the lips in the proportion of 1:1.618 upper lip: lower lip (unless otherwise discussed). This means, that I plan for the upper lip to be smaller than the lower lip. This tends to put patients minds at rest, as they realise that it is mostly just huge swelling and not the intended result.

Below are the same patient’s before and after photos. The upper lip didn’t end up big at all and the results are quite subtle. The patient has had many compliments just about “looking good” and not about lips in particular! Cost was $600

patient who had severe swelling of lips


The same patient before treatment with dermal filler





This patient had severe swelling after Restylane 1ml which resolved


After 1ml of dermal filler to lips (after severe upper lip swelling resolved)






What a gorgeous smile!!! Very young appearing :)


Dr Naomi xxx


  1. Sheila Sheila
    August 11, 2012    

    How long did it take for the swelling to go down? I’m having the same reaction-very swollen upper lip.

    • August 11, 2012    

      Typically, the major swelling goes down within 48 hours, however, there can still be a smaller amount of swelling for 2 weeks, and even a very small amount of swelling for 4 weeks.

  2. Valerie Valerie
    November 5, 2012    

    BOTH my lips are huger and more swollen than ever before after getting a small amount of restylane today. ( 3 syringes total on cheek bones, under eyes, lasonabial folds and chin.
    I have taken 40 MG of Prednisone, and one Lasix, how long will it take to work? I’m also icing, its not helping. I have to be on camera tomorrow :((

    • November 6, 2012    

      Oh my goodness, Valerie. That was risky to have 3mls the day before being on camera! Especially under eyes and lips!! The majority of the swelling is usually gone after about 48 hours, but the more mls you have the more swelling there is. You’ll still have a little bit of swelling for a couple of weeks, though, some people have a small bit of swelling up to about 4 weeks.
      Sorry, I don’t usually prescribe Prednisone or Lasix after dermal filler, so I can’t comment on that.
      Good luck!!

  3. sara sara
    December 30, 2012    

    Hi how long did it take for this patients swelling to go down since i have the same swelling but it has been 3 days now and the swelling havnt gone down and I am freaking out since it seems like everyone else swelling dissapeared after 2 days but my lip does still look the same as the day i made the injection please answer since i am freaking out :(

    • January 12, 2013    

      Typically after 2-3 days the swelling will start to reduce by a significant percentage. Usually there is still about 10% swelling in the first 2 weeks after the lip dermal filler treatment as well. It also depends on what product was used in the lips and what amount/volume of dermal filler was used and where in the lips it was used. Very rarely, a patient’s lips will swell for a longer time than usual.
      Always call your doctor wit your concerns

  4. Jess Jess
    February 18, 2014    

    Just had some R******** injected in my lips. (10 hrs ago) Upper and lower is very swollen and painful. I can barely move my lips!! Any recommendations on what to take for pain?? I’m starting to regret my decision to go ahead with this procedure :(

  5. Mel Mel
    September 20, 2014    

    I had restylane 6 days ago and upper lip is extremely swollen. I also broke out on the right side of my face and the injector says it is herpes virus. It is all over upper lip area and right side of nose. It looked better yesterday after starting on valtrex 3 days ago, but today it is more painful and more swollen than yesterday in the upper lip. I have never had a cold sore. should I be worried about infection? should I be taking antibiotics in addition to the valtrex? Should I go to my dermatologist or wait it out a little longer? I look deformed and have basically oozing sores on the right side of my face. I was optimistic but now I am scared.

    • September 20, 2014    

      Hi Mel,
      I don’t give advice as it is impossible to do so without examining you and taking a thorough history.
      If I had a patient with your symptoms, there is urgency in the situation and I would tell them to come to my office IMMEDIATELY for review, and I would keep in close daily contact. There are multiple serious differential diagnoses possible when there are symptoms like this, eg necrosis or infection (herpes or otherwise).

  6. amber amber
    April 25, 2015    

    I had 1ml restylane on friday – it is currently sunday, and only the left side of my upper lip is swollen, the other side did not swell at all, is this normal? Also the left side that is swollen go progressively worse yesterday and i woke up this morning with it the biggest and most swollen it has ever been – just on one side though… i’m having a panic attack thinking it’s not going to go down as i have work tomorrow!!! i thought 3 days post fillers would be enough time. I’m also extremely lopsided as i only have swelling on one side so unsure what to do

    • Amanda Amanda
      July 18, 2015    

      Hi , I am having the exact same problem and freakish out. Do you have an email address or fb I can contact you on I feel like I’m about to have a panic attack. I jus would like to know what happened or how it went . Everything that’s happened to you is happening to me right now and I’m so scared, cheers, Amanda

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