The one side of my face became red and swollen after Restylane. The vial must have had bacteria in it. I was put on several rounds of antibiotics and the doctor had to finally squeeze the filler out. It is a year later and the entire side of my face is swollen where the infection was. The doctor, of course, claims it was not from that because it is a year later but my face never looked like that. He did Sculptra, putting more on the un-swollen side, but it still does not match. What can I do?
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Restylane fillers rarely produce infection but may cause a viral infection. One possibility is you would have had a hypersensitivity reaction to some proteins in the filler. But it is very unlikely for it to stay for a year. If there are some localized swelling and induration may indicate a foreign body granuloma or reaction. There are very few options available you could try like dilute steroid injection. But as your doctor has done filling the opposite side seems logical.
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