Filler migration is a rare but possible side effect of lip fillers. It occurs when the filler spreads to areas of the body for which it was not intended, leaving patients with less than desirable results. To detect filler migration, look for a “duck” or “shelf” appearance above the lip edge, or small bumps and ridges around the lower eye area. Fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane are typically metabolized by the body between six months and a year, but traces can remain for up to two years.
To prevent filler migration, it is important to understand how lip fillers work and why they are used. Fillers are injected into the lips to add volume and shape, and they are typically made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. The amount of filler injected and the type of filler used will determine the final cost and number of sessions required. It is important to choose a professional you can trust when booking lip fillers.
Dr. Haffar is an experienced aesthetic doctor who specializes in lip fillers and other treatments. She is a trainer for the Botulinum Toxin Club and teaches other medical professionals how to recognize complications that may arise as a result of administering fillers and how to treat them safely. To reduce the risk of filler migration, Dr.
Haffar recommends natural results with a filler that can gradually build up over time. Swelling is normal after receiving the filling, but if you experience moderate to severe swelling due to an immune system response caused by illness, allergic reaction, or vaccination, contact your doctor immediately.