Updated: Oct 3
Expert Insights from Dr. Chaudhary
Welcome to our comprehensive guide on one of the most common concerns related to lip fillers – migration. At Rejuvenation MD Aesthetics & Vein Center, led by the esteemed Dr. Umbreen Chaudhary, we are dedicated to ensuring that our patients receive the highest level of care and expertise. In this blog, we will delve into the world of lip filler migration: why it happens, how to identify it, and most importantly, how to prevent and treat it.
What is Lip Filler?
Lip filler, technically known as dermal filler, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the volume, shape, and contour of the lips. Lip filler is different from a “lip flip.” Lip augmentation and restoration via lip filler involves injecting a specially formulated gel into the lips, providing a fuller and more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are typically made from substances such as hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component in the body, making them safe and effective for lip augmentation.
Why Does Lip Filler Migrate?
Lip filler migration occurs when the injected dermal filler material moves away from its original placement within the lips. Migrated lip filler can happen for several reasons, and understanding these causes is crucial to both preventing and addressing migration issues.
Inadequate Skill or Experience
One of the primary reasons for lip filler migration is inexperienced practitioners who lack a deep understanding of facial anatomy. Dr. Chaudhary prides herself on respecting the intricacies of each individual's anatomy and tailoring her approach accordingly. With over 18 years of experience, you can trust that Dr. Chaudhary is going to give you the best results. You can learn more about individual anatomy and how the face ages here.
Volume and Technique
The amount of hyaluronic acid filler used and the technique employed during the filler injection can influence migration. Injecting too much filler in one session or using an improper technique may increase the risk of migration. Dr. Chaudhary believes in building lips over time, and never doing too much in one visit, even though that may be what the patient is asking for. Typically lip filler is done in multiple visits so the end result is as natural as possible.
The lips are highly dynamic and constantly in motion due to speaking, eating, and facial expressions. This natural movement can cause filler to shift over time.
Metabolism and Hydration
The body's metabolism and hydration levels can also affect how long hyaluronic acid filler stays in place. A faster metabolism or dehydration can lead to quicker filler breakdown and migration.
Everyone's body responds differently to lip filler. Some individuals may naturally metabolize filler more quickly, leading to a higher likelihood of migration.
How to Prevent Lip Filler Migration
Preventing lip filler migration begins with selecting an experienced and skilled practitioner like Dr. Chaudhary. Beyond that, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of migration:
Choose an Experienced Injector
Opt for a board-certified and experienced injector who understands facial anatomy and can customize your lip filler treatment to your unique features.
Dr. Chaudhary prefers a two-visit approach to lip filler treatments. During the first visit, she typically injects half a syringe of filler. This allows for a more gradual enhancement and minimizes the chances of a complication such as overcorrection or migration. At the next visit Dr. Chaudhary tweaks as needed to gradually build the lip over time. This is especially important for pre-wedding treatments.
Ensure that your injector uses proper injection techniques to place the filler precisely and evenly within the lips.
Stay well-hydrated before and after your treatment. Proper hydration can help extend the life of your filler.
Trust the expertise of your practitioner. Overfilling the lips can lead to not only an unnatural appearance but also an increased risk of migration. Dr. Chaudhary carefully assesses each patient's needs to determine the appropriate amount of filler.
Follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your injector. These instructions often include avoiding strenuous physical activity, refraining from touching or massaging the treated area, and using ice to reduce swelling.
Schedule follow-up appointments with your injector as recommended. This allows them to assess the results and make any necessary adjustments to maintain the desired lip shape.
Does Lip Filler Migration Go Away?
The good news is that not all cases of lip filler migration are permanent. In some instances, the filler may settle back into its intended position over time as your body adapts to the treatment. However, this is not guaranteed, and it depends on various factors, including the filler used, the amount injected, and your body's response. Most hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved using hyaluronidase if needed.
How Do I Know If My Lip Fillers Are Migrating?
Identifying lip filler migration can be challenging, as it often occurs gradually. However, some common signs may indicate migration:
If you notice that your lips appear uneven, with lumps or bulges in certain areas, this may be a sign of filler migration.
Changes in Shape
If your lips start to change shape, becoming less defined or developing irregular contours, it could be a result of filler migration.
Over time, filler may lose its volume due to migration, causing your lips to appear less plump than desired.
Some individuals report increased sensitivity or discomfort in areas where the filler has migrated.
If you suspect that your lip fillers are migrating or experiencing any of these symptoms, it's essential to consult with a qualified practitioner for a professional evaluation.
How Long After Lip Filler Can Migration Happen?
Lip filler migration can occur at any time after the initial treatment, but it typically becomes noticeable within the first few weeks to months. The time frame may vary from person to person, depending on factors such as metabolism, filler type, and individual variations.
How Do You Stop Lip Fillers From Migrating?
If you're experiencing lip filler migration, it's essential to take appropriate steps to address the issue. Here's how you can stop lip fillers from migrating:
Consult an Expert
Schedule an appointment with a skilled and experienced injector like Dr. Chaudhary. They will assess your lips and recommend a tailored treatment plan.
Depending on the severity of the migration, your practitioner may recommend a correction treatment. This involves strategically injecting additional filler or using specialized techniques to reposition the filler material.
Continue to follow up with your injector as advised. Regular check-ups allow for ongoing evaluation and adjustments as needed to maintain the desired lip appearance.
Consider a Different Filler
In some cases, switching to a different type of filler with specific properties may help reduce migration and achieve more long-lasting results.
Lip filler migration can be a concern for individuals seeking a plump and well-defined lip appearance. However, with the guidance of an experienced practitioner like Dr. Chaudhary and by following the preventive measures outlined in this blog, you can minimize the risk of migration and enjoy beautiful, natural-looking results.
At our medical aesthetic practice, we prioritize patient safety and satisfaction. If you have any concerns about lip filler migration or are interested in enhancing your lips, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaudhary. Together, we can create a personalized treatment plan that respects your unique anatomy and achieves the aesthetic results you desire. Your journey to luscious, beautifully enhanced lips begins here.
If you still have questions, leave a comment below, reach out on Instagram, or schedule a consultation at our Greensboro or Asheboro clinics. At Rejuvenation MD Aesthetics and Vein Center, we offer a range of in-office facial rejuvenation treatments and skincare products to help you maintain skin you love. Dr. Chaudhary can customize a treatment plan based on your unique needs and preferences, ensuring maximum comfort and safety.
Umbreen Chaudhary, MD
Umbreen Chaudhary is the founder of Rejuvenation MD Aesthetics & Vein Center and Rejuvenation MD Skincare. Dr. Chaudhary has over sixteen years of experience in aesthetic medicine and strives to provide natural-looking results to her patients.