Getting lumps and bumps after having a dermal filler treatment is very common especially in a lip augmentation or a tear trough procedures. This is because the skin in these areas can be very thin. Discovering a lump can be a little bit scary but the main thing is not to panic. Despite hyaluronic acid being a product naturally found in the skin, when injected it does require time to mesh with your tissue, which is why lumps are common especially in the first 2 weeks of the procedure.
This is what you should know if you find any lumps after your procedure:
- If there are any lumps in the first 48hours of the treatment the best thing to do is leave them alone. (Touching them at this point can lead to infections). Initial lumps can be just swelling and bruising from the injections themselves and usually subside in 3-4 days. You can use ice for the swelling, take an antihistamine, Bonjela for discomfort and arnica cream for the bruising.
- If you experience pain, inflammation or feels hot it could be infection. Go see your practitioner. At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics we have onsite prescribers who can write a prescription for you if that is the case.
- If after 7 days you can still feel a lump(s) but are not visible then there is no need to worry as these will subside or start to reduce in size within 2 weeks. You can massage them to mould them into the area.
- If after 7 days you can see visible lumps and it feels soft, then the filler may have settled in that way and generally requires a good massage.
- At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics you are always advised to book a 2 week follow-up consultation and this will address any concerns.
How to massage a lump?
The areas will be massaged thoroughly during the treatment. It may be required for you to do this at home.
To smooth lumps found on the lips. Using your thumb and index finger hold the lip with the lump. Apply pressure by squeezing down on the area then letting go. Repeat this for ten minutes.
To smooth the tear trough area press down on the lump with firm pressure to mould the lump with the rest of your skin. Do this for ten minutes.
It is best to do this three times a day for ten minutes.
What to do if after massaging the lump doesn’t disappear?
Go back to your practitioner to assess the lump. The practitioner will be able to assess the lump and determine if its an infection or dermal filler and advise appropriately. At Yorkshire Health and Aesthetics we will show you how to massage the area. If all this fails and the dermal filler lumps are still visible. The lumps can be dissolved away.
Dermal Filler After-Care Advice
- Do not consume excessive alcohol for 24 hours
- Drink through a straw for a few hours after a lip augmentation.
- Make sure your hands are clean if you need to touch the area.
- Do not exercise in the first 24 hours.
- Keep the areas well moisturised (using vaseline for lips).
- Avoid sun-beds and saunas for 3-4 days after the procedure.
- Swelling, bruising and tenderness is normal after the procedure. The swelling is due to the injection and the fact that hyaluronic acid is hydrophilic (this means it attracts water). The area will go down within 72 hours
- After having filler (especially in lips) the swelling is instant. Sometimes the swelling subsides and you may that the filler has gone too. This isn’t the case because swelling can lasts up to 3 days by this time you have gotten used to your new lips. Small top ups are advised every few months to create your desired look which will help the filler will last much longer.
- To get BIG lips takes time, money and patience. For that ‘kylie Jenner pout’ 1ml won’t be enough. Building the lips up gradually is the best way to avoid lumps, scars, extreme swelling, unevenness, bruising etc.