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A 44-year-old female asked:

I went to a cosmetic surgeon for hyaluronidase injections for lumpy juvederm. he also prescribed two weeks of biaxin (clarithromycin). have you heard of this?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
No: Biaxin (clarithromycin) is an antibiotic. It does not affect hyaluronic acid (ie juvederm) . However your physician may be concerned for infection.
Dr. Leonard Grossman
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Yes : Your surgeon may be suspecting a low grade infection or colonization of bacteria. Good luck from nyc.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Yes, biaxin (clarithromycin) is sometimes used for "biofilm related infections" that can cause lumps or long-term swelling following injection of juvederm.
Dr. Keith Denkler
Plastic Surgery 43 years experience
Infection Possible: Your doctor may be concerned that a low grade infection is causing the lumpiness. So that is why the antibiotic was prescribed. Rare infections can occur after hyaluronic acid injections. So keep in contact with your doctor.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017


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