How do I know if my lip filler has migrated?

Author: Mr. Domingo Borer  |  Last update: Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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.

Can you feel migrated lip filler?

Migrated lip filler can present as lumps, noticeable volume above the top lip, lack of a defined lip edge all over, and sometimes can cause discomfort.

What does migration look like in lip filler?

"With lip filler, the upper lip border becomes less defined and a mound develops in the skin above the lip, causing the 'duck lip look,' says Dr. Nichols. "In cases of undereye filler, migration is seen as bumps in the lower eyelid and/or upper cheeks areas underneath the eyes."

How long does lip filler migration last?

People think that they should wait until the filler dissolves and in reality, it takes an extremely long time. It can take two to three years and beyond.

How do you stop lip fillers from migrating?

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.

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Which lip filler is least likely to migrate?

Calcium hydroxylapatite is biosynthetically produced, which means that no animals or animal products are used. This lowers your risk of an allergic reaction and no skin testing is required. This type of dermal filler is known to produce a very natural result, doesn't migrate and side effects are rare.

Will migrated lip filler 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.

Is my lip filler swollen or migrated?

If your lip fillers have migrated, it will almost always be noticeable visually. This can be presented in many ways; from a puffy upper lip, a lack of a defined border between the lip edge and above and/or below the lip border.

Can you move lip filler by massage?

DON'T: massage your lips.

Massaging freshly injected lips risks moving the filler around causing the possibility of desportation and undesirable results.

Is it normal for lips to be uneven after filler?

The swelling that can often occur after Lip Fillers can cause the lips to look a little uneven for a short time. This doesn't necessarily mean that anything has gone wrong and it may just take a little time for the product to fully settle and for residual swelling to subside.

When should I start massaging my lip fillers?

Do I massage my lips after lip fillers? 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 long do lips feel lumpy after filler?

The most common cause of lumps after a filler treatment is swelling and bruising from the injections themselves. These should naturally subside within the first week.

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.

Should you massage lip 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.

Why do my lips look lumpy after filler?

Not to worry though, lumps following a filler treatment are completely normal. The lumps you may experience are often caused by swelling and bruising of the treated area. We would not recommend massaging or using force to reduce the lumps yourself, as this may impact your final results.

How do you smooth out a lumpy lip filler?

Dissolve the filler with hyaluronidase enzyme such as Vitrase or Hylenix. These enzymes, when injected, will cause hyaluronic acid based fillers to completely dissolve within about 5 minutes, with repeated massage. This returns the lips to their baseline prior to injection.

Are lip fillers supposed to be hard at first?

Are Lip Fillers Supposed to Feel Hard? Your lips may feel stiff or rigid immediately after injection with dermal fillers. Don't worry — this is entirely normal, and the lip fillers will soften with time. Your lips may also be swollen and tender, which can contribute to the lip filler feeling hard under the skin.

How often should you touch up lip fillers?

The results of some Juvederm® fillers can last for up to a year or longer, but most patients will generally be ready to come back for additional lip injections about six months after their initial session.

What does too much lip filler look like?

Your lips look like they have been stung by a bee.

You may have too much dermal filler injection if your lower lip can no longer touch your upper lip. As a result, your lips may appear too big and not proportional.

Why do my lip fillers look bigger sometimes?

Answer: Swelling after Filler injection

If a local anesthetic is injected first, such as for a cheek injection or sometimes for lip injection, the amount of fluid will add to initial volume. Lidocaine also has a vasodilatory effect and therefore swelling.

How long can lips look uneven after filler?

My lips are swollen, lumpy, and a little uneven, when will they get better? This is the most commonly asked question on The lips take about 7-10 days to settle down after getting filled.

Why is my smile crooked after lip filler?

The Good: Patients who experience strange side effects such as having a weird smile or a “Joker” smile after lip injections can rest assured knowing that this is a common side effect, as a result of swelling after the procedure. Wait up to a week before worrying about your weird smile.

Do lip fillers get bigger after a few weeks?

Yes Juvederm expands within the first few days. The hyaluronic acid is hygroscopic, meaning that it absorbs water from the surrounding tissue. That is why your lips can swell a bit if you have eaten a salty meal or are retaining water.

How long does it take for lip fillers to adjust?

That said, these injectable treatments take some time to integrate into your tissues, and it's normal for your dermal filler to take up to two weeks to fully settle into your face.

What do you do if your lips are too big after fillers?

Answer: Lip swelling after filler

Lips can often get very swollen with filler injections. Use some ice compresses, keep the head elevated, and take some ibuprofen. Some patients say that Benadryl also helps to decrease the swelling. They will often look overcorrected for about 7-10 days.

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