Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Zwivel
Have you been getting fillers from your dermatologist regularly but noticing declining results? Are you disgusted with spending a lot of money on non-invasive cosmetic procedures that only last a few months? If this is to be the case, you may be suffering from “Filler Fatigue.”
In the United States, dermal fillers are among the most popular non-invasive treatments; nevertheless, they are not always injected with the best outcomes. Filler fatigue, which can manifest as duck lips, exaggerated facial features, and an overall overdone appearance, is a clear symptom of too many filler injections. Other patients complain that their injections don’t last as long as they used to and request greater doses.
What Is Filler Fatigue?
Filler fatigue is a term used to describe the long-term effects of repeated dermal filler injections. Patients begin to notice that the filler is no longer producing the same desired outcomes it once did.
Fillers are injectable substances that add volume and fullness to the skin. They can be injected anywhere on the face, including the lips, cheeks, and jawline, and the substance used can be natural or synthetic. They’re a one-time treatment that can last anywhere from three months to two years, depending on the type of filler used.
When you use dermal fillers too often, you develop filler fatigue. Excessive filler injected into the skin regularly might cause the skin to stretch. The skin is looser than previously after the filler fades off. It isn’t always the case, but excessive filler might cause the skin to stretch or sag. It can lead to a vicious cycle for the filler user, which is why the term “filler fatigue” was coined. To fill the additional empty volume of the skin, patients receive more fillers. As a result of the loose skin, they crave more and more.
What Happens If You Are Overfilled With Filler?
A small amount of dermal filler is beneficial, but too much filler might negatively affect your appearance. Over-filling the face, lips, or brows can age rather than rejuvenate your face. When it comes to facial filler or augmentation injections, the idea is for you to appear your best while without seeming drastically different or overdone.
Lip Filler and Lip Augmentation
Over-filling lips during a lip augmentation injection session or using an unnatural-looking filler solution is a common trap for inexperienced injectors or clinics focused on quickly performing cheap cosmetic injections rather than customizing treatments with a well-thought-out injecting strategy for lip augmentation.
If the procedure is incorrectly done, you may end up appearing like a duck or have a puffer fish smile. Not everyone is a good candidate for filler-assisted lip augmentation. To determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for cosmetic injections and lip augmentation, you’ll need honest advice and a trained injector who can examine your whole facial architecture and facial gestures.
Brow Filler and Brow Augmentation
Cosmetic injectors typically utilize anti-wrinkle treatments between the brows, where furrows can make people appear angry, tired, or worried.
However, some injectors fill in concentration lines or brow furrows with fillers in the brow area. Alternatively, they may attempt to renew the face by restoring volume to the brow area. However, things don’t always go as planned, and putting too much filler in the incorrect places can result in a sagging brow.
If done incorrectly or with too much filler, this can result in undesirable results, such as premature aging of the face, sagging brows, and eyelid issues.
Cheek Filler and Cheek Augmentation
Everyone loves a high cheekbone, but visual deformities come with getting too much cheek filler in terms of facial balance.
Too much filler in the wrong region, such as the cheeks, can distort certain people’s appearances, giving them “pillow cheeks” or “chipmunk” cheeks. It’s simply not natural, and it might detract from the overall aspect of the face.
In addition, too much cheek filler might make your eyes appear smaller. It all points to striking the correct balance, which requires a lot of practice and talent.
How To Avoid Filler Fatigue
Dermal fillers are a temporary option for rejuvenating the appearance of the face as the skin ages. However, in the right hands, the practice can go far beyond just replacing lost volume.
Skilled practitioners provide non-surgical facelift procedures using very small amounts of filler more structurally. Injecting a ‘lift’ effect into key spots on the face can smooth out skin and make the entire face look younger and fresher. Because it is not about volume, this technique avoids the possible ‘puffiness’ of overused fillers.
The results of skin-pulling treatments are far more natural-looking, making surgery more appealing to a younger audience. If you don’t want to go under the knife, some minimally invasive skin-lifting methods can help you bridge the gap between surgical and non-surgical choices.
- SMAS Facelift: The procedure raises the lower face muscles and the platysma muscles in the neck. The skin is segregated from the underlying muscles and soft tissue, resulting in a tight appearance. Drooping cheeks are not addressed through this surgery but solely tackle the lower portion of the face and jawline. As a result, surgeons will do fat grafting to the cheeks simultaneously, which often results in the cheeks appearing overfilled because they are not raised but just inflated.
- Deep Plane Facelift: The procedure repositions the skin and muscle layer simultaneously. The skin is never separated from the face’s sagging muscles and fat – this method of leaving the intact skin results in a more natural appearance and less bruising.
- MADE Facelift: It’s a hybrid procedure that combines short incisions with a vertical lift while extending the deep plane into the neck, raising the area around the neck. Vertically raising the cheeks adds volume to the under-eye area, which helps to fill up the hollows. The MADE lift combines a vertical vector with an extended deep plane lift. It has a significant impact on how people look.
- Thread Lift: A thread lift, such as the Silhouette InstaLift, is a cheaper, minimally intrusive, yet temporary solution. To lift drooping jowls, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and neck, absorbable sutures are softly implanted under the skin. The threads, once fastened, promote collagen formation. The results, which are visible right away, can last up to 18 months.
What Can You Do If You’re Distressed With Filler Fatigue?
The filler is quite difficult to remove. There are dissolvers; however, they will cause damage to your skin and can drastically alter your appearance. It’s something you should only use if you have to, and it’s not something you should rely on.
A provider with a heavy hand can make you look strange, and you may lose your unique face identity as a result. Browse through before and after images to get a sense of the practitioner’s results, and look for one who has much experience with fillers to boost the chances of a good result.