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Wondering If Dermal Fillers Can Migrate On Your Face?

Are you wondering if dermal fillers can really migrate to surrounding tissues? Here’s what you need to know!

If you are considering getting dermal fillers, you might have come across some risk factors during your research. Filler migration is one of the complications associated with dermal fillers. It has been all the rage on multiple social media platforms. But can dermal fillers really migrate to other facial tissues? Is it a common occurrence? We have answered all your questions below!

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers, also known as tissue fillers, are designed to be injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness. These are mainly used to treat different signs of aging or other cosmetic concerns. Dermal fillers are a great way to get a youthful appearance without going under the knife. However, it's important to note that dermal fillers aren't suitable for all wrinkles. They work best for static wrinkles caused by the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. They're also a great way to get rid of deep lines on your face that are visible even when your facial muscles aren't contracting.

What is filler migration?

Are you wondering what filler migration is? It refers to the movement of a dermal filler from its site of injection to another tissue. This happens when the filler moves before it has fully bonded with your facial tissue. But how to spot filler migration? It is easy to identify. In the case of lip fillers, it creates a shelf-like appearance above the lip border. In areas like the tear trough, migration can be seen as small lumps and ridges around the lower eye area.

What causes filler migration?

Filler migration could happen due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Overfilling: Too much filling is one of the main causes of filler migration. If you inject more amount than required, the treatment area won’t be able to hold it. Therefore, it will migrate to the surrounding tissues.
  • Inexperienced injector: Your risk of complications is high if the injector lacks experience or knowledge about the skin structure. Poor injection techniques can also lead to filler migration. If dermal fillers are injected too quickly, they can place excessive pressure on the treatment area.
  • Wrong filler: Not all dermal fillers are created equal! To avoid filler migration, it is important to choose the right type of filler based on your medical history and aesthetic needs.
  • Not enough gap between your filler appointments: If you don't have an adequate gap between your filler appointments, the risk of filler migration increases as the areas of the skin are filled too quickly or too heavily.
  • Too much post-filler massage: While it is recommended to massage the treated area after the procedure, too much handling can increase the likelihood of migration.

Is filler migration common?

If you are worried about filler migration, we have good news. Filler migration is not very common. If you take all of the necessary precautions and go to an experienced practitioner, it becomes even less likely.

What to do if your fillers migrate?

Are you wondering what to do if your dermal fillers migrate to the surrounding areas? Firstly, there’s no need to panic. Since fillers are temporary, the issue is resolved as soon as your body metabolizes the filler. If you have hyaluronic acid fillers, you can dissolve them with the help of hyaluronidase. However, the best option is to stop filling the lips or face with more product to smooth out the migrated filler.To learn more about dermal fillers and the risks and complications associated with them, visit Biolite. Schedule a consultation with our highly-trained experts to find the best treatment plan for your concerns. You can speak to us on +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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