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Restylane recovery time - how long before I look normal in the lip area?
I am having restylane lip injections on a Friday night and I have appointments to attend to on the Monday afternoon. Although I am very excited about the treatment - and I have had restylane before in my cheeks without dramatic swelling - I know the lip area is different. I also know that each person is different in terms of how they react to the treatment but....what I am really asking is, in general 2.5 days after treatment...will I look normal? :)


Plastic surgeon
Chicago, IL
United States
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timing  October 28, 2010 12:53 PM

you more likely than not will be ok but you are certainly cutting it close.All things considered another few days prior to you appointments would be best.

Facial plastic surgeon
Fleming Island, FL
United States
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Recovery time after lip injections  October 28, 2010 2:17 PM

Lip augmentation with products like Restylane and Juvederm can give excellent results when done properly, but most patients can expect to look a little "done" and overcorrected from the swelling for about 6 days or so. If the doctor is conservative in the volume injected and a little thoughtful about technique, it shouldn't look *too* crazy a couple days later, but it *will* likely be noticeable.

Good luck,


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Miami, FL
United States
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  October 29, 2010 3:23 AM

Interesting concern! The average is 2.5 days, but that is an average. I have a few that 2 weeks for the swelling and ecchymosis to resolve. It is always a risk.

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los angeles, CA
United States
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Yes  October 29, 2010 11:25 AM

Your swelling should be mostly resolved by the next day, depending on how much Restylane you use. I have to say that my preference in the lips is for Juvederm - I find that it is a bit softer, lasts longer and results in a bit less swelling than Restylane. I usually use 1 to 1.5 syringes for both lips - 0.5 to 0.75 cc per lip - to ensure that the results look natural and never overdone. So, if you are concerned about being OK 2.5 days later, use 0.5 cc per lip.



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