Fillers Mishaps: Signs That You Have Overdone The Injectables

Updated on September 3, 2021

Done right, fillers can make your 40s look like your 20s. However, it must be used subtly, as too much filler can make your face look like a bloated fish.

Everyone wants to look young forever, but it is nearly impossible to stand the trials of time. The fading of your youthful skin is inevitable, but the advancement of modern cosmetic technology can help you keep looking younger for longer.

Fillers are a great way to enhance your features and keep you looking beautiful and young. Dermal fillers are becoming more common as both young and old are using the procedure to enhance their features or restore the volume of their skin. By using fillers, skin looks youthful and plump, reducing any telltale signs of aging.

As too much of any good thing can turn bad, overuse of filler can have the same adverse effect on your visuals.

What Are Injectable Dermal Fillers?

There was a time when the only option to consider for looking younger without plastic surgery was by using botox. Skin injected with Botox makes any sagging skin look tighter and younger. Even as Botox reduces wrinkles, your skin will never look comfortably relaxed again.

Gone are the days when the only injectable makeovers came from skin-tightening botox. Even though dermal fillers existed right at the same time as botox, they gained popularity around the year 2015 when Kylie Jenner, the popular American media personality and socialite, admitted to getting facial fillers.

Since then, as demand increased, injectable dermal filler technology has become more effective and sophisticated.

Fillers Gone Wrong

Many people prefer filler to be their prime anti-aging treatment. But, there are many ways your fillers can go wrong.

Fillers must be injected by licensed and experienced medical professionals who know what they are doing. In the wrong hands, it can mess up your face badly. Your plan to beautify yourself can also backfire if your body does not accept the filler injection.

Another reason the fillers may not work as planned is when the same area of your body gets injected frequently, which can cause over-plumping. This may result in making your face look like a pillow with elongated chins. 

The facial overfilled syndrome occurs when your face gets more volume than initially intended. Many dermal fillers can be completely or partially removed, which you must do if you notice disharmony and unevenness in your looks due to the effect. Let’s take a look at some filler mishaps you would want to avoid.

Filler Migrations

Filler migrations are one of the biggest signs of the facial overfilled syndrome.  

If you planned to add volume to your lips by injecting hyaluronic acid filler, but instead the injected filler spreads to other parts surrounding the lips and increases their volume as well. Therefore, you end up with a swollen upper or lower lip. Lip filler migration is an extremely common inflection with filler injectors.

Filler migration occurs due to three main reasons. It can be caused by inexperienced hands who injected too much filler in the wrong place. So, it is important to be injected correctly to avoid mishaps. Overuse of filler can also cause the area to overflow, resulting in the spread of fillers in surrounding areas. Lastly, if there is a lot of movement in the injected area, the filler might spread with time.

Filler migration is a big sign that it is better to remove the filler at least partially to fix your facial proportions.

Extra Swollen Areas

You often see older celebrities with swollen faces and wonder what has happened to their faces. Know that if their faces look too fluffy, and some parts of their features have excessive volume, it may be the result of filler mishaps.

How to understand your filler injection hasn’t worked right? Keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • Your face, especially your cheeks, looks too big and swollen.
  • You have sunset eyes, meaning that your eyelids have increased in volume, partially covering your pupils from above and below.
  • Your nose bridge has broadened and become flatter, instead of elevating outwards as initially intended.
  • You have a protruding chin or forehead.

Filters are supposed to give a subtle swell to your sunken features, to make you look youthful. However, if you find that your features have swelled up a lot more than intended, you definitely have excessive fillers in place. 

Even if celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Angelina Jolie normalize extra large duck lips, swollen features can look disproportionate. Over expanded features are the biggest telltale sign of overdoing fillers.

Misplaced Excessive Fillers Can Kill You or Make You Blind

Fillers are not for everyone, some people can get severe allergic reactions from fillers. If you are hypoallergenic, be careful with derma fillers.

One cannot emphasize enough the need of only getting filler injections from trained professionals. If your filler injection goes into your bloodstream, it can cause you to go blind or even have a stroke. If you feel discomfort or see signs of bruising and discoloration after injection, seek medical advice immediately.

What To Do In Case Of Facial Overfilled Syndrome?

If you have injected too much filler, and it has made your features swollen up, you should understand that it is not your desired look. While using fillers, opt for hyaluronic acid filler as they have an antidote called hyaluronidase. 

Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid and when it is injected into the problem areas it will go in and disintegrate the filler. However, there is no limit to the breakdown and hence, your entire filler might be gone.

If you wish to avoid fillers, you can look into these anti-aging filler alternatives, but be careful with what you choose as most come with their own drawbacks.

Final Thoughts

Dermal fillers can give you the look that you have always wanted, however overdoing it comes with an unpleasant price. Always get fillers done by an experienced and certified professional. Keep in mind that if any of your filler enhanced features look dreadfully swollen, you have facial overfilled syndrome. 

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