Allie Slowik, PA-C

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Fordyce Spots – Why These Spots May Become More Visible After Lip Filler Treatments

The primary goal of lip filler treatments is to add volume and definition to the lips. As the lips become plumper, the Fordyce spots that were previously less noticeable or hidden within the lip tissue may become more prominent due to the contrast between the enhanced lip volume and the natural texture of the lips.

Why Fordyce Spots May Become More Visible After Lip Filler Treatments

Lip fillers have become a popular cosmetic procedure in aesthetic medicine, providing individuals with fuller and more defined lips. However, some may notice the appearance of small, raised bumps on the ‘vermilion body’ (or pink part) of lips after undergoing lip filler procedures. These bumps are often identified as Fordyce spots. Let’s delve into the anatomy & physiology of Fordyce spots, exploring what they are and why they may become more visible after lip enhancements. 

What are Fordyce Spots? 

Fordyce spots, named after the dermatologist John Addison Fordyce, are small, sebaceous (oil) glands that can appear on various parts of the body, including the lips or the inside of the mouth. They are entirely benign, are often present since birth, and do not pose any health risks. Fordyce spots are typically painless and vary in size, often presenting as small, white, or yellowish bumps. 

Why Fordyce Spots May Become More Visible After Lip Filler Treatments: 

Enhanced Lip Volume: The primary goal of lip filler treatments is to add volume and definition to the lips. As the lips become plumper, the Fordyce spots that were previously less noticeable or hidden within the lip tissue may become more prominent due to the contrast between the enhanced lip volume and the natural texture of the lips. Think about how a patterned balloon can change color or look different when inflated; as the volume within the balloon increases, the patterns and color of the stretched rubber may change or become more apparent.  

Temporary Swelling: After a lip filler procedure, it is common for the lips to experience increased yet temporary swelling or edema, especially within the first 3-5 days. This swelling can temporarily change the visibility of Fordyce spots. As the swelling subsides & shrinks over the following days or weeks, the spots typically become less apparent again. 

Change in Lip Texture: Lip fillers can alter the overall texture of the lips, making the skin appear smoother, plumper, and more hydrated. This change in texture may make Fordyce spots, which were once subtle, more noticeable on the surface of the lips. 

Managing Fordyce Spots After Lip Filler Treatments: 

Understanding What’s Normal: It’s essential to recognize that Fordyce spots are a natural skin occurrence present in nearly 80% of the population, and they are not an ‘adverse reaction’ to a lip filler treatment. They are a part of the skin’s baseline anatomy and are not affected or triggered by the lip filler composition itself. Rather, they are affected by the amount of volume the injected dermal filler occupies within the lip anatomy, and this can be carefully managed by appropriate product selection, amount and placement. 

Temporary Visibility: In many cases, the increased visibility of Fordyce spots after lip filler treatments is temporary. As the initial, post-procedure swelling subsides and the lips settle into their new shape, the spots may become less noticeable. 

Consultation with a Professional: If individuals are concerned about the appearance of Fordyce spots after lip filler treatments, it is advisable to consult with the practitioner who performed the procedure. They can provide reassurance, address any concerns, and offer guidance on potential solutions, such as product selection or filler reversal, if necessary. 

Understanding the relationship between Fordyce spots and lip filler treatments is crucial for individuals seeking cosmetic enhancements. The visibility of Fordyce spots can be influenced by factors such as enhanced lip volume, temporary swelling, and changes in lip texture. While these spots are benign and don’t pose a health risk, consulting with a qualified practitioner can provide valuable guidance on a lip filler treatment plan and address any concerns that may arise during the recovery process.  

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