Can you massage migrated filler away?

Author: Bret Becker  |  Last update: Monday, March 20, 2023

Although extremely rare, dermal fillers are able to migrate within the skin if consistent and adequate pressure is applied to them. For this reason, we advise patients not to get a facial, massage (on the treated skin), or microdermabrasion for the first two weeks following their filler injections.

Can you massage out filler migration?

Many of these videos recommend massaging your treatment area immediately following your injection—but this can be harmful. In some cases, we recommend our patients massage their fillers following treatment to smooth them out below the skin; however, too much massage too soon may cause the filler to migrate slightly.

How do you fix migrated fillers?

Dr. Frank says the best way to deal with migration is to dissolve the filler with hyaluronidase (an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid gels). In just a few hours, hyaluronidase softens the filler and returns the lips to a more natural shape, projection, and size.

Can you fix migrated filler without dissolving?

Filler that has migrated into the wrong plane may never dissolve on its own and will likely need to be dissolved. I see filler last much longer (years longer) than it's expected to, so if you have filler in unwanted areas I would recommend dissolving and starting over.

Can you massage filler back into place?

Massaging: Don't massage the area or lay on the treated areas, as we don't want the filler to move around while it settles. Massaging or putting pressure on the area can cause migration, where the filler moves around to an area where it shouldn't.

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Can facial massage move filler?

Although extremely rare, dermal fillers are able to migrate within the skin if consistent and adequate pressure is applied to them. For this reason, we advise patients not to get a facial, massage (on the treated skin), or microdermabrasion for the first two weeks following their filler injections.

Does massage dissolve filler?

Massage can encourage the filler to be broken up by the body more quickly. But in practice this still takes a long time (like weeks of daily vigorous massage) to improve the outcome. This may also spread the product over a larger area causing more problems.

Does filler dissolve over time or migrate?

Dr. Nichols notes that because most fillers are semi-permanent, they will be metabolized and broken down; hyaluronic acid-based fillers for instance, take nine to 12 months on average to dissolve on their own. While it may not look great, lip filler migration, for instance, rarely leads to serious compilations.

How quickly can filler migrate?

Juvederm migration is exactly what it sounds like. In rare cases, facial fillers like Juvederm can migrate to another site of your face within a few days of your injections. This happens when the filler moves before it has fully bonded with your facial tissue.

How do I know if my filler migrate?

It will almost always be clear to see if your filler has migrated beyond the lips. A plump upper lip and a lack of a definite boundary between the lip edge and the upper or lower region of the lip border are both visual signs of lip filler migration.

Can you massage migrated filler back into lips?

Some filler products may be more resilient and take a long time to dissolve naturally. Once you find the migration in lip filler, you need to massage the particular area every morning and night and use a hot compress to increase blood flow to the exact place that makes the product break down naturally.

Why does my filler always migrate?

"Lip filler migration is generally a result of the fact that hyaluronic acid fillers absorb water, and they can begin to create some extra volume and extra absorption of volume in areas that were outside of the primary injection site," says Dr.

Why did my filler migrate?

But in most cases of facial filler migration it is probably due to the fact the patient was injected by an inexperienced or untrained provider, who didn't know what they were doing. Facial filler migration can occur when the incorrect filler is used in the incorrect spot.

Which filler is less likely to migrate?

Answer: HA filler migration

Kubederm voluma is the most cohesive filler and therefore the least likely to migrate!

Can filler migration go away on its own?

If you believe that your filler has migrated, then don't panic, as it can be treated. The beauty of modern-day filler is that it is semi-permanent, so over time your body will naturally break down and metabolise the substance.

What does filler migration look like?

Migrated lip filler is visibly noticeable and usually presents as lumps, but can also appear as a puffy upper lip, lack of a defined border between lip edge and above and/or below the lip border – think duck lips. If you're prone to lip filler migration, you may be wondering why it keeps happening.

Should you massage filler lumps?

Experiencing lumps in lips after injectable filler is extremely common—and lumps most often resolve naturally with time. Gentle lip massage 5-7 days after the treatment can help smooth any lumps and bumps in the lips.

What makes fillers dissolve faster?

Sun exposure speeds up the aging process on the skin and is one of the leading causes of wrinkles. Those UV rays can also cause certain fillers to break down faster and being absorbed by the body more quickly. To get the best results, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day.

Can you push filler into place?

It is not likely that the filler products would move if you wait at least a few days before pressing really hard on the areas and having extractions. The hyaluronic acid fillers settle nicely into the skin, and once any swelling goes down, it would be pretty unusual for anyone to be able to displace them.

When should you start massaging filler?

Do not massage your lips for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment. Once your swelling subsides down, you can gently massage your lips with light pressure.

How do I get rid of migrated lip filler naturally?

So while the body naturally breaks them down over time, there is a way to speed up the process: Injections of hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase is what the body produces naturally to break down fillers, so by injecting more, it allows the lips to regain natural shape quicker, usually going down within 3-4 days.

Does migrated lip filler ever dissolve?

Migration of filler is uncommon, but it does occur. Fillers usually get dissolved over time, regardless if it has migrated. HA fillers like juvederm/restylane/perlane they last about a year before they are absorbed by the body.

How long does it take for lip filler migration to dissolve?

Answer: Juvederm/Restylane Migration

HA fillers will dissolve in 9-12 months, it can be reversed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

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