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How To Fix Botched Lip Fillers

Lip fillers can add definition, volume and balance to your lips while enhancing the equilibrium of your facial features and symmetry. 

As lip injections are made with hyaluronic acid – a natural substance found in the body, the same main ingredient as dermal fillers – these injectables enhance your natural features while ensuring you have no adverse reactions to the treatment. Results can last several months, depending on the number of injections required. 

However, sometimes the results do not come out as expected. There have been numerous situations where lip fillers may result in less-than-ideal outcomes. 

Why does it happen? What are the signs it’s gone wrong? And, most importantly, how do you fix botched lip fillers? Juvea Aesthetics has the key details for you in this all-important article. 

Why Do Lip Injections Go Wrong? 

There are many reasons why lip injections can go wrong. 

Most commonly, it is due to incorrect injection technique, inappropriate product selection, applying too much filler, and poor aftercare. 

Perhaps the ultimate red flag is when patients have had fake hyaluronic acid fillers or fillers not recognized and approved by Health Canada, administered to them. This can result in botched results and potentially harmful health issues. If you suspect red flags with the service or injector, such as overselling expectations or not being ethical in practice, you should avoid them. 

Ultimately, these situations usually occur when receiving treatment from an unqualified and non-certified “professional” that has not received the required medical training to administer lip injections safely. That’s why it is imperative that if you wish to get lip injections, you do so from a trusted expert who has medical experience and training to deliver such services – like Juvea Aesthetics

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The Signs of Terrible Lip Injections 

While there are side effects from the treatment, such as redness and bruising, there are very distinct signs that the treatment has gone wrong. Here are some of the signs that you should be on the lookout for: 

Bumpy Lips: If small hard lumps and bumps do not subside within a few days, there is a chance that there might be an issue. Bumps and lumps occur when due to overfilling or injecting in uneven areas. It could also occur due to product selection. 

Unevenness: Do you notice that your lips are uneven, unbalanced and not consistent? This is known as “asymmetrical fullness” and occurs when the lip filler is injected poorly in the treatment areas. 

Dermatillomania skin picking. Woman has bad habit to pick her lips. Harmful addiction based on anxiety stress and dry lips. Excoriation disorder. Sick cracked damaged tissue.

Overfilled Lips: Commonly known as duck lips, this occurs when there is excess filler across the lips, resulting in them protruding – like a duck’s beak. In many situations, overfilled lips can become stiff, making them difficult to amend. 

Necrosis: Essentially known as ‘tissue death’, this is a serious complication that requires medical treatment. This occurs when the blood vessels are blocked either directly or indirectly blocked by the filler. Signs of this include: 

  • Severe pain
  • Blanching of the skin and white spots
  • Mottled skin
  • Blue, black or purple discolouration
  • Blisters and skin shedding
  • Coolness (as there is no blood in the lips) 

Necrosis is extremely rare but can happen if incorrect products are used or are poorly administered by an untrained professional. Seek immediate medical advice or contact our medi spas in Calgary or Edmonton for assistance. 

How To Fix Botched Lip Fillers 

So, how do you repair botched lip injections? Well, there are a few steps to take, but in the hands of a certified and trusted injector (have we mentioned how great we are?), it shouldn’t be a concern.

The main aim of this process is to dissolve the current filler before conducting a refill treatment. While some patients might desire to have more filler to help repair their botched results, it tends to end up with more problems in the future.  

Here is how we approach your botched lips: 

  1. We will have a consultation to assess your facial structure and symmetry and align it with your personal goals. This way, we ensure that we can deliver perfect results for you.  
  2. We dissolve the filler in your lips by using hyaluronidase, which is a soluble protein enzyme. This enzyme destroys the bonds holding the hyaluronic acid in the lips. The effect of hyaluronidase begins right away but will take two full weeks for results (hence step 2 below). We have our own personal protocol for administering hyaluronidase, which has proven to be very effective.  
  3. We now have to wait a full two weeks to ensure that the hyaluronidase has effectively eliminated all the filler. 
  4. Finally, we administer a refill of filler. It’s here that injection technique is crucial to ensure you get your desired results. Before you know it, you’ll have the lips you’ve always wanted. 

If you suspect any problems with your lip injections, you should speak to our injectors immediately. We can ensure you get beautiful lips with our service and care. 

At Juvea Aesthetics, we are redefining your natural beauty. At our medi spas in Calgary and Edmonton, we are focused and committed to highlighting your best features without compromising the integrity of your unique beauty. We believe in enhancing your natural look with premium medical aesthetics in Calgary, including Botox, dermal fillers, lip injections and belkyra. We also offer vitamin drips and therapy, mesotherapy and skincare consultations. Schedule your appointment at our Calgary medi spa by calling 403-975-7523 or emailing [email protected].

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