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Can someone be allergic to juvederm injections? my lips have gotten thin, and i want to have them plumped up with juvederm. i'm worried that i will have a bad reaction to this drug because i have a lot of allergies to different medications. should i be co

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Dr. Ron Pelton
Facial Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
It : It is possible to be allergic to almost anything...Especially depending on your definition of allergy. Medically speaking, an allergy is a type of hypersensitivity disorder caused by the immune system. When a person's immune system over-reacts to a normally harmless substance in the environment, we call that an allergy. This over-reaction can bring on an inflammatory response which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous. The main substance in juvederm is hyaluronic acid - a naturally occuring part of the extracellular matrix. This is the scaffolding that surrounds all the cells in your body. Thus, one would not expect an allergic reaction to this product. With many topical medications (drops for example) the patient thinks that they are reacting to the medication when in reality they are reacting to the preservative in the drop or the carrier molecule. Sometimes a patient will get a shot and have pain at the site or swelling or bruising and will tell me that they "must be allergic" to the medication. Although this reaction is not wanted, it is not a true allergy and can happen even with injection of saline solution. When in doubt...Skip it. Hope that helps.
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Dr. Dennis Dass
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
Possible: It is possible to have an allergy to juvederm, although it is quite rare. The active ingredient is a chemical that we naturally have in our bodies.
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes but rare: Allergic reactions to hyaluronic acids like juvederm are rare. Most common side effects are bruising and swelling.
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
Juvederm allergy: there is a small percentage of the population that can react to juvederm with an allergic type response. be sure to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
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Dr. Julio Garcia
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Since : Since the hyaluronic acid fillers are non-animal source, allergies are almost of unheard of. The makers of these products have found that it is so low that pre-injection testing for allergies is not needed, unlike so non-hyaluronic acid fillers.
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Dr. Robert Brueck
Plastic Surgery 50 years experience
I : I have not had anyone allergicto juvaderm but it would be easy to do a test dose to see if you were.Then the question is answered.www.beautybybrueck.
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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 31 years experience
Juvederm : Allergic reactions are rarely reported with juvederm, although they could occur . Ask your physician if you have concerns.
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
Juvederm allergy: there is a small percentage of the population that can react to juvederm with an allergic type response. be sure to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Dermatology 31 years experience
Board certified plastic surgeon, board certified dermatologic surgeon, board certified oculoplastic surgeon are all typically well trained to do fillers
Nov 27, 2014
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