You should massage after having injectable filler in areas where the skin is thinner, such as the lips or lower eyelids, but massaging too much and in other areas could actually break down the filler, resulting in less volume. Or it may cause filler migration. Until the filler incorporates with your soft tissue, it may move. So, if you do massage the area, keep it light.
How long does it take for a filler to settle?
As a general rule, it can take from a week to a week and a half for filler to settle. In areas where there’s thick soft tissue such as the chin, anterior jawline, and cheeks, we inject the filler deeply so it doesn’t require a whole lot of massage and tends to settle more quickly than areas with thinner skin such as in the lips, or lower eyelids.
If you have any questions about this, call me, email me, or come in to see me, particularly if you’ve got a problem after a prior injection. I see lots of patients for this and I’m glad to see you.
Have questions about lip fillers?
Email Dr. Sykes at [email protected]
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About Dr. Jonathan Sykes
Dr. Jonathan Sykes is a world-famous expert plastic surgeon who performs all cosmetic and functional plastic surgery procedures on the face and neck. He is a past president of The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and served on their Board of Directors for over 10 years. He is also a Professor Emeritus in Facial Plastic Surgery from UC Davis Medical Center, and the former Director of Facial Plastic Surgery at that institution.
He is known as the expert’s expert, and is often called to consult and advise other plastic surgeons in both Northern California and Beverly Hills. He has a special interest in eyelid and browlift surgery, facial rejuvenation surgery including facelifts, and rhinoplasty. He also has a particular interest in facial feminization surgery. Have questions? Email Dr. Sykes at [email protected].