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How To Reverse Too Much Cheek Filler Injection

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Dermal filler treatments are generally safe and non-invasive options to effectively rejuvenate skin and restore youthfulness. However, there are many factors affecting the effectiveness of this enhancement option. For instance, you may experience too much dermal filler injection, which is common especially in consideration of the many factors preceding or succeeding the treatment session.

So what do you do when your cheeks are overfilled with dermal fillers? Too much cheek filler is generally reversible, especially in the case of hyaluronic acid fillers which may be dissolved using hyaluronidase. The first thing you must do as soon as you notice the overfilling of your cheeks is to go back to your aesthetic provider for appropriate remediation.

How To Tell If You Have Overdone Cheek Fillers

Cheek fillers (i.e, cheek augmentation) is a non-surgical treatment procedure done to define the contours of the face or add volume using dermal filler substances. This may also be used as a wrinkle and acne treatment to smoothen every fine line, nasolabial fold, and skin impurity. Sometimes cheek fillers may result in filler migration and act as a tear trough filler to improve the under eyes.

The results of facial filler injections can be seen immediately, although sometimes it takes about 2 weeks to a month to fully recover from any side effects and see the full results. A dermal filler treatment, if done right, is actually one of the best ways to enhance your facial proportions and reduce the signs of skin aging. But other than the given side effects, there’s also the risk of overfilling your cheeks with these fillers.

Return to your aesthetic provider if you spot the following characteristics of overdone cheek fillers 2 weeks after the treatment:

  • Obvious facial fullness
  • Non-aesthetic changes in the eyes

1. Check The Quality Of Facial Fullness

If your face appears to look puffy, bloated, and unusually full, you may have the Pillow Face Syndrome caused by too much dermal fillers. Aside from that, the area from the lower eyelids to the mid-face may also look like a literal pillow.

Other than having a pillow face, facial fullness without improving the quality of the skin may also be experienced. The goal of dermal filler treatments is to plump up the skin so it would be smooth and glowing, however, it doesn’t have a skin tightening effect so the face would simply appear tired and lumpy.

Facial filler treatments can only resolve signs of skin aging to a certain extent. There are instances when cosmetic surgery methods such as eyelid surgery and reconstructive surgery is required to improve one’s condition. Overfilling the treatment area to increase its effectiveness will only do more harm than good. Consult a qualified plastic surgeon for more information.

2. Your Eyes Look Different

Cheek filler treatments may also be used as a sole treatment of complementary dermal filler treatment to improve the under-eye area, as an effect of filler migration. However, excessive cheek fillers may change the way your eyes look.

If you notice your eyes seemingly looking squinty or cat-like, then you had too much cheek filler done. As a rule of thumb, when you look down, you should still be able to see only a bit of your cheeks. So in case you see most of it when looking down, you have to go back to your aesthetic provider and reverse the excessive cheek filler injection applied in your face.

What Happens When Too Much Cheek Filler Is Applied

a woman had cheek filler treatment

At first, the treatment site may appear overfilled right after the cheek filler treatment session to avoid underfilling the area. That’s the normal kind of swelling that may be expected as the skin’s normal reaction to the cheek filler injected, which would eventually subside after 2 weeks.

This is true for most dermal filler substances, although it may vary depending on the kind of filler applied to your cheeks. For instance, dermal filler injections that are hyaluronic acid-based (i.e, in hyaluronic acid filler treatments) are eventually metabolized and excreted by the body. It may also be dissolved using active ingredients if you’re too bothered by the overfilling.

However, for other dermal filler substances such as poly-L lactic acid (i.e, Sculptra), it may be a different case. The results from Sculptra develop over time so overfilling may only be noticeable after a while. Since its effect is semi-permanent, there can be serious issues of overfilling if this substance is to be used.

The same can also be said for other semi-permanent filler substances such as polymethylmethacrylate (i.e, PMMA) and calcium hydroxyapatite (i.e, Radiesse). So dermal filler substances that are not hyaluronic acid fillers may require more intense methods to reverse the overfilling.

How To Fix Overdone Cheek Fillers At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

Cheek filler treatments are still safer and more preferred compared to other treatments (i.e, Botox injection treatments) to enhance facial contour and improve skin quality.

Similar to every enhancement procedure and cosmetic surgery, they aren’t without risks and side effects but that doesn’t mean you have to totally cross them off the list when thinking of ways to enhance your facial features.

Below are the benefits of cheek filler treatments which are the reasons why you still need to get these:

  • Achieve perfectly contoured cheekbones without makeup
  • Instantly rejuvenate your skin in no time
  • Reach your beauty goals without the downtime
  • Reduce visible signs of skin aging without plastic surgery methods
  • Temporary and reversible results (for some dermal filler substances)

Expert injectors at Dr. Lanna Aesthetics commonly use hyaluronic acid fillers to ensure the maximum safety and effectiveness of the procedure. Using these dermal filler substances, it only takes an injection of hyaluronidase to correct overfilling of the cheeks.

Cases of overfilling are common for facial filler injections, especially as the body’s reaction to this collagen-stimulating procedure may vary. However, choosing the right aesthetic provider guarantees the relatively low possibility of these kinds of events.

Dr. Lanna Aesthetics offers different fillers such as Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft for cheek filler treatment. Additionally, the following are the filler treatments offered in Dr. Lanna Aesthetics:

  • Chin filler
  • Eye filler
  • Lip filler
  • Nose filler
  • Jawline filler

Tips To Avoid Too Much Cheek Filler On Your Other Filler Appointments

Too much cheek filler is attributed to a plethora of factors that may have been caused by the patient or the aesthetic doctor. So it’s important to take note of the following to avoid having overfilled cheeks and resulting in a pillow face or unnatural cat-eyed look:

  • Choose the right aesthetic provider
  • Choose the right dermal filler substance
  • Follow pre-treatment and aftercare instructions provided

1. Choose The Right Aesthetic Provider

The right aesthetic provider will know where to inject, as well as how much to inject. It’s essential to seek the services of someone who has mastered the facial anatomy of each patient. These 2 things are important factors to ensure the effectiveness of cosmetic treatment. The treatment area is crucial for the longevity of the effect and the amount of dermal fillers is important to avoid overfilling.

More cheek fillers may be required to achieve a long-lasting effect, however, you can risk looking bloated for a long time. Depending on the cheek filler substance injected, these results can even be permanent.

Expert injectors already have experience in what can be considered the normal kind of swelling that would eventually subside to reveal the perfectly calculated amount of dermal fillers to achieve the target effect.

Aside from that, your aesthetic provider is also the one who’ll design the treatment plan depending on pertinent medical information, so it’s important to choose someone who has already established their expertise in the field.

Depending on the severity of every fine line and wrinkle on the face, sometimes dermal filler treatments may not be a sufficient cosmetic treatment. Consult an aesthetic provider about whether facial filler injections or reconstructive surgery is more appropriate to achieve your beauty goals.

2. Choose The Right Dermal Filler Substance

Each kind of dermal filler substance has its own purpose and effect. There are cases when HA filler treatments may not be sufficient to achieve the target effect on your cheeks so other filler substances may be recommended. This case really calls for getting the services of the right aesthetic provider to prevent instances of overfilling.

It’s critical to choose the right facial filler substance to avoid overfilling and its permanent effects. If you don’t want to risk it, then you can simply turn to hyaluronic acid fillers (i.e, HA filler) which are temporary and reversible with hyaluronidase injections. For the cheeks, Juvederm Voluma and Restylane Lyft are the hyaluronic acid fillers used for safe and effective treatment procedures.

3. Follow Pre-Treatment And Aftercare Instructions Provided

Before and after the treatment sessions, it’s essential to equip yourself with the health and skin care instructions that are significant to reduce the risks and side effects associated with the treatment.

Failure to follow these instructions can result in a certain level of swelling before or after the treatment which may interfere with the results. Some of the instructions that you must take note of are the following:

  • Avoid alcohol at least 24 to 48 hours before and after the treatment
  • Avoid intake of certain medications that may result in swelling such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen among others
  • Avoid certain supplements that may cause swelling such as vitamin E, flaxseed oil, fish oil, and CoQ10, among others
  • Take arnica supplement 3 days before and 3 days after the treatment session to help manage swelling
  • Treat the injection site with a cold compress
  • Keep your head consistently elevated after the treatment session

If there are issues with following the instructions stated, it’s best to consult with your aesthetic provider so they know how to work their way around it or reschedule the treatment session accordingly.

Avoid Overdone Cheek Fillers and Choose Dr. Lanna Aesthetics

a patient of cheek filler procedure at Dr. Lanna's clinic

Dermal fillers are effective treatment options to enhance your facial contour and reduce the signs of skin aging on the cheeks without the need for facial plastic surgery. Although there are still risks and side effects associated with this treatment, which varies depending on different given factors, choosing the right aesthetic provider reduces the likelihood of these instances.

Even when these instances occur, an expert injector knows how to work their way around it to help you achieve your beauty goals. At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, you can achieve your beauty expectations and experience expertise in cosmetic enhancements like no other. We make sure that we obtain all relevant medical information to ensure the safety and effectiveness of your dermal filler treatment.

Call us today to schedule your first consultation.

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