Should You Be Concerned About Filler Migration?
At SkinWise Rx, we often use facial fillers to address signs of aging or enhance facial features. Or both! While facial fillers are generally safe and effective, there is a potential risk of the filler migrating from the injection site. Understanding the causes of filler migration can help you understand how to minimize the risk of migration and what to do if you are concerned your fillers are migrating.
Let’s start by better understanding what causes filler migration.
Filler migration occurs most often due to inexperience as well as poor injection technique.
Filler migration occurs when the injected filler moves away from the intended treatment area. Though rare it can happen for a number of reasons. Filler migration occurs most often due to inexperience as well as poor injection technique. If your filler is injected too superficially or too deeply, you can be at risk of migration. An experienced injector with both proper equipment and experience in facial anatomy can minimize this risk by understanding proper injection technique. Some types of fillers are more prone to migration than others. Non-hyaluronic acid fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse have a higher risk of migration than hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane.
Additionally, certain areas of the face, such as the lips and mouth, are more prone to filler displacement due to frequent movement and muscle activity. An experienced injector will take this into account when selecting the appropriate filler and injection site. Some types of fillers are more prone to migration than others. For example, non-hyaluronic acid fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse have a higher risk of migration than hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Each patient's face is unique and an experienced injector can take your individual factors into account when deciding which fillers are appropriate for you as well as any unique factors that need to be taken into account.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to minimize your risk of migration.
While migration of facial fillers is a potential risk, those risks can be significantly minimized by choosing an experienced and skilled injector.
So, what should you do if you suspect or experience filler migration?
Contact your injector immediately! If your injector is experienced they will likely know how to address your situation. Depending on the severity of the migration, your injector may recommend additional injections, dissolution, or other treatments to achieve the best possible outcome. Waiting to address the situation could result in surgical intervention to address the migration.
Filler migration may sound quite scary, and while migration of facial fillers is a potential risk, those risks can be significantly minimized by choosing an experienced and skilled injector, closely following their post-treatment instructions, and being mindful of your facial movements.
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