Should I massage filler lumps?


I have lumps after getting dermal, should I massage them? This is one of the most common questions asked from my clients.
Quickly before answering this question. Currently, Subtle Beauty Aesthetics offers filler products made with hyaluronic acid. This blog will only discuss this type of filler product. Products containing hyaluronic acid include Juvéderm products, Restylane products, as well as Belotero Balance and Revanesse Versa. 

The truth is is that this answer varies from provider to provider. I have had many clients come in saying that another place they went to told them to massage the bumps. Even one client said her last injectionist told her to massage until the bumps were completely gone. Personally I recommend clients DO NOT massage. I would like to explain why I don't recommend it.

It is normal to feel some lumps and bumps after being injected with filler. These should dissolve on there own over time, as your body absorbs the product, and as the trauma and swelling dissipates. Usually swelling will resolve within 3 days. Bruising can take longer. The bumps may remain for months and this is nothing to be concerned about. It is totally normal. 

It's important to understand how long it takes for dermal filler to settle. What this means is that it can take several days and up to 2 weeks for your body to naturally move the product through your tissue into the correct places. That being said, this means that it is still moldable for up to 2 weeks after it is injected. During this time, it can be easily massaged and shaped for a few days after the injection. And this should be done by your RN injectionist. Usually all you need is the massaging  done during the service to get the best possible results.  I do not recommended massaging on your own as you can move the product out of the correct place and cause undesirable results. 

If there is a lump or bump that is really bothering you (maybe you can see the lump)  get in contact with your injectionist and have them assess what is going on. They can massage it correctly if it needs to be done or address the issue another way. 

Hope this is helpful.