Edema is swelling caused by the accumulation of fluids in the interstitial and intracellular spaces of the body. We can distinguish it into two types:
The factors that influence the extent of an edema are:
The affected area is swollen, painful and, in some cases, may even be warm to the touch.
Treatment depends on the severity of the edema:
Other forms of edema
A very important point that must be underlined is that after a medical/aesthetic treatment, some swelling is physiological and transient. However, this swelling should not be confused with angioedema (antibody-mediated edema). This situation occurs when the patient develops hypersensitivity to the ingredients contained in the product used during treatment with the consequent production of IgE antibodies (type I hypersensitivity reaction).
Angioedema usually occurs within hours of exposure to the substance but episodes lasting more than 6 weeks may also occur. The therapeutic approach in these cases is performed “step by step” based on the response obtained from the person. Edema must be controlled with minimal doses of steroids.
Another type of late-onset edema involves hypersensitivity reactions (characterized by induration, erythema and edema) which usually occur 1 day after the injection but have been reported to appear several weeks after the procedure and persist for many months. Antihistamines are not effective in these cases but the most effective approach has been found to be the removal of the
Malar edema consists of swelling of the malar area (precise point: from the lateral side of the eye, descend perpendicularly by 1.5 cm – that point is the affected area). It is mainly due to an accumulation of fluids in the subcutaneous tissue (some patients can manifest this lymphatic impairment through malar edema even without having performed any type of treatment).
Filler injection can cause edema either when the product is placed too superficially (thereby preventing lymphatic drainage) or by direct pressure on the lymphatic vessels when injection volumes are too large.
It is very important not to sunbathe the affected area and to avoid physical activity until complete resolution.
Download our edema guide and always keep it with you.
The information contained in this page is for general information purposes only. This page and all information contained therein do not constitute: 1) the advice of
medical 2) an evaluation or 3) a consultation 4) as a substitute for a formal medical evaluation and/or a doctor’s consultation. Furthermore, the information and correspondence contained in any email, text message or chat on social portals, including all responses, is not and will not create a formal doctor-patient relationship. Prospective patients who would like a formal consultation are welcome to call for an appointment. The contents present cannot be copied, reproduced, published or redistributed because they belong to the author himself. Copying and reproduction of the contents in any way or form is prohibited. The diffusion, distribution and/or copying of the document or part of it, transmitted by any subject other than the recipient, is prohibited, both pursuant to article 616 of the CP, and pursuant to Legislative Decree No. 196/2003. The publication and redistribution of contents not expressly authorized by the author is prohibited.