The “Pillow Face” Look Caused by Too Much Injectable Fillers

A strange phenomenon is happening among young women. Some of them look older than a Real Housewife, but you’ll struggle to find a single wrinkle. Their age will be something of ambiguity because of their caricature-like proportions thanks to pillow cheeks and plump lips. Call these young women the beauty achievers who are starting the trend of the pillow-face phenomenon.

As people get older, the first place that they notice signs of aging is in their face. One way to preserve a youthful appearance is with injectable fillers. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be bad. The end result is a condition typically referred to as pillow face or chipmunk cheeks. Even famous celebrities such as Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Janice Dickison have all fallen victim to over-injection.

Nicole Kidman Before & After

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Lindsay Lohan Before & After

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What Is Pillow Face?

It’s a condition that occurs as a result of a person getting over-injected with dermal fillers in their face. This leads to an overstuffed look, which causes the checks and other areas of the face to puff out.

While dermal fillers are a great way to combat signs of aging and add volume back to your face, it’s important to visit a professional who knows the correct amount to use to make the face look natural. In some cases, untrained professionals add too much filler to stretch out the skin. In cases like this, people would be better off getting a face lift.

This condition is a real concern for people who are thinking about facial injections. Visiting a Miami plastic surgeon for all of your dermal filler injections is the only way to make sure that you look natural and avoid the chipmunk cheeks that so many celebrities end up with from over-injecting.

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Why are Facial Fillers a new Trend?

So what’s the reason behind this strange trend?  Simple, we live in a selfie generation.

Thanks to the influence of celebrities and aspiring models who document their every move and want to look good doing so on social media, many young women are feeling the need to perfect their look. These same women have heard of celebrities having Botox and fillers, and find it completely acceptable. They take it for granted that if they want smoother skin or plumper lips, they can have them, now.

Dermal fillers make it possible to instantly treat trouble areas such as a tiny upper lip, flat cheeks, a weak chin or too round or square a face.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal filler, a substance injected into the skin to smooth lines and boost volume, have been available and used predominantly by women over 40 since 1981, but now have a fan club among those who need them least, women in their 20’s.

It’s important to know if you are deciding to make this decision, going to anyone other than a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for injectable is about as wise as seeing me if you’re having a heart attack. Last year, the FDA issued an alert about soft-tissue fillers. If they’re improperly injected, potential side effects can be blindness and stroke, among others.

In the right hands, fillers are generally safe and increasingly less of a commitment. Today, most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that usually dissolves between 6 and 12 months. With its modern user-friendly rep, filler seems more like a throwaway beauty treatment than a risky medical procedure. And it doesn’t hurt that many experts’ position filler like they do Botox: as preventative medicine. While Botox inhibits you from making the expressions that create wrinkles, some fillers are proven to help spur collagen production.

How to Avoid Pillow Face

When using injectable fillers to combat aging, technique is everything. The key thing to remember about correcting volume loss is that skin loses elasticity as it ages. This means that the skin can’t hold volume in the same way that it did when it was younger. This can lead to unpredictable results such as lumps if you get work done by someone who isn’t a professional. Increasing the volume of your face doesn’t mean it should be injected with large amounts of dermal filler, even though it’s tempting. Overfilling the face will lead to an unnatural look and damage your skin elasticity even further.

Too much filler doesn’t just make a young person look bizarre, it can also make her look older. When someone’s face has zero contour it will make their lips pumped like bike tires.

The way dermal fillers work is by smoothing out wrinkles by injecting directly into the wrinkles. When doing this, small amounts of filler should be placed under the skin to add volume to that area. It’s like having a “liquid face lift.”

What Are the Risks of Injectable Fillers?

The good news is that dermal fillers are generally safe to use. However, there are some risks that might arise, such as an allergic reaction to the filler or an undesired look when over-injecting. These risks are why you should never take facial fillers lightly and always visit a professional such as Dr. Galitz of Aventura Plastic Surgery. Doctors who take their work seriously always use fillers that have been approved by the FDA.

Dermal Fillers or Fat

Both dermal fillers and fat can be used to give people a youthful appearance. However, both of these fillers can lead to problems if not done correctly. Using body fat as a facial filler has become a popular trend in Hollywood. While there aren’t any side effects from using fat from your stomach in your face, you should still use caution. The fat in your stomach tends to gain weight faster than the fat in your facial area. As a result, it’s possible to end up with an uneven look in the face as the fat you injected from your stomach expands quicker than the rest of the fat in your face.

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Contact an Experienced Miami Plastic Surgeon

If you’re thinking about getting injectable fillers, please contact us for a personalized consultation. Dr. Galitz will provide you with a free digital preview of the final look after the treatment is done on you. As a botox and filler expert in Miami, Dr. Richard M. Galitz, has decades of experience assisting clients like you. Give him a call today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how he can help you get the profile you’ve always wanted.

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