Should I massage my filler?

I enjoy your site so mucc and have noticed your advice to sometimes massage marrionette line etc. after derma fillers. how long after the procedure is this still of benefit and if its so moldable can it accidentally be squished or moved when propping the face up on your hands when tired or sleeping...I sleep resting the side of my face on my arm instead of pillow and worry all night! Thanks for any consideration to this, I had Juvederm a week ago, very small lump in marrionette line but afraid to touch it

Okay, I’m thinking maybe we had a misunderstanding on this one. The only filler that should be massaged is Sculptra and your doctor will give you specific instructions on this, if you choose this filler.


For all the others, they don’t need to be massaged and shouldn’t be massaged.  The placement should be good when you leave the office.   We usually tell our patients to wait 7-10 days to let the filler finish developing because they will evolve a bit over a week or so.  After that, if there’s a bump, please call your doctor and give her/him the opportunity to look at it and fix it.


Small bruises after filler are normal but if you get a really bad bruise, it’s good to let your doctor know because it may be the first sign of a more serious complication especially if this dark bruise occurs on or around the nose or central forehead.


Hope this helps,  Dr. I


Read Dr. Irwin’s article on How to Avoid Bruising With Fillers.


Learn more by checking out our Guide to Sculptra.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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