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You may have seen the term “migrated filler” used a lot. Many times it’s used when people are describing their horror stories with their filler experience. It doesn’t have to be so scary.
What is it?
Filler Migration is defined as the process of dermal filler spreading or “migrating” to another area beyond the site of injection. Whilst migration is mainly spoken about in terms of lip fillers, migration can also happen anywhere that filler is injected. This includes the tear-trough, jawline and also the cheeks.
You can spot filler migration as it can give that ducky or “shelf-like” appearance above the lip border. In areas such as the tear-trough, migration can be seen as little lumps and ridges around the lower eye area.
What causes it?
There are different theories as to how filler migration occurs.
Firstly, migration can occur if a client has their filler done by an injector who is inexperienced and isn’t aware of the structure of the skin. In this instance, sometimes too much filler can be placed in areas which it shouldn’t be or by placing the filler too deep.
Overfilling when treating with dermal filler is another factor which may increase the risk of filler migration. In the instance of the lips, if too much product has been placed then the filler will have no where else to go except outside of the lip’s border. This can cause that “shelf-like” and ducky appearance that we associate with filler migration.
Lastly, sometimes migration can be caused by the way that your body has chosen to break down the filler over time. Some practitioners believe that due to the way the mouth constantly contracts, this can cause filler migration over time.
How can I prevent migration?
Your best protection against filler complications is to do extensive research before choosing a practitioner. Look at client testimonials, before and after pictures and check the practitioner’s credentials and experience before choosing who to go with.
At Persona Medical Aesthetics, we believe in taking a personal yet professional approach to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. During your free consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or go through any details you are not sure about.