What is pillow face?

Author: Enid Bergstrom  |  Last update: Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Pillow face is 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.

What causes a pillow face?

Pillow face is generally the result of poor technique and over-injection. Injecting more filler does not maximize results, it diminishes them. An experienced injector will possess an excellent sense of visual balance.

Will pillow face go away?

If you have a type of filler that cannot be dissolved with hyaluronidase, then your other option for correcting pillow face is to just wait it out. Most types of fillers will be naturally dissolved within 6 to 12 months. Some fillers can last up to 2 years.

What is meant by pillow face?

“Pillow face” is a direct play on the puffy, unattractive result of using too much facial filler or transferred fat. Another term often used to describe this overfilled look is “chipmunky.”

How do you treat a pillow face?

5 Ways to Avoid Puffiness and Pillow Face
  1. Avoid Too Much Filler. Dermal fillers are a convenient plastic surgery technique that is great for wrinkle treatment. ...
  2. Embrace Devices. ...
  3. Embrace PDO Threads. ...
  4. Pay Attention to Angles. ...
  5. Practice Skin Care at Home. ...
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A Major Cause of "Pillow Face"

How long does it take for pillow face to go away?

Answer: Swelling

Swelling usually resolves within 2 weeks.

Why does filler make you look older?

Excessive use of fillers distorts natural face features, causing an aged appearance. When the face becomes distorted this makes you look unnatural. And an unnatural look will make you look disproportioned. A hallmark of beauty is proportions.

What happens if you stop Botox and fillers?

If you stop BOTOX treatments after many years of regular injections, the only effect will be that your wrinkles will return, albeit a bit more slowly than if you had not been using BOTOX. It's true: Even after you stop, you will still look younger than you would have if you had never been injected.

Why do fillers make you look puffy?

Why do dermal fillers cause swelling? Dermal Fillers commonly cause swelling and sometimes even bruising. The injection process disturbs the skin and soft tissue, causing minor trauma to the area, and swelling is a natural bodily response whilst the area heals.

Does Botox give you pillow face?

But if it's done by a less-than-credible injector, you can get the dreaded “pillow face.” If too much filler is put into the cheeks, or it's injected into the wrong area, the cheeks can bulge and essentially give you chipmunk cheeks.

Can sleeping on your face cause sagging?

FALSE. Your sleep position won't actually cause sagging, but it can lead to sleep wrinkles: those creases and fine lines you see each AM in your bathroom mirror. They're caused by your pillow tugging at delicate facial skin as you sleep.

Does sleeping on your face flatten it?

There is no question that sleeping on your side will flatten your face on that side and give you a less symmetrical shape, which can be quite distinct in some people. Regularly changing your sleeping position to ensure you are less likely to have a one-sided sleep is ideal.

How do I fix my sleeping face?

It can be challenging to change your sleep position, but sleeping on your back allows for your face to be fresh come morning.
  1. Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face. ...
  2. Upgrade Your Pillow. ...
  3. Use a Nighttime Mask. ...
  4. Try a Special Pillowcase. ...
  5. Use a Retinol. ...
  6. Wear a Night Cream. ...
  7. Get Your Beauty Sleep.

How do you get rid of buccal fat?

Your plastic surgeon will make a small incision on the inside of your mouth on both sides of your face to expose the buccal fat pads. Your provider will press gently on the fat pads to further expose them, then cut and remove the fat pads. Finally, your provider will close the incisions with sutures.

Why do faces get puffy with age?

With age, that fat loses volume, clumps up, and shifts downward, so features that were formerly round may sink, and skin that was smooth and tight gets loose and sags. Meanwhile other parts of the face gain fat, particularly the lower half, so we tend to get baggy around the chin and jowly in the neck.

What happens if you stop doing fillers?

The effects of the fillers will wear off after months or years, but the treated area is likely to return to its original state. The benefits of both Botox and fillers will be gone and you'll notice that those lines and volume loss will come back.

What will I look like immediately after fillers?

Adjusting to Your Filler

It's normal for your skin to feel and look very full immediately after you receive your injections. For instance, if you used hyaluronic acid fillers to create moderate enhancements in your lips, these facial features may look very plump for a couple of days.

Does your skin sag after fillers?

There is a very common misconception that dermal fillers can make skin sag, however we can safely say that this is FALSE. People assume that once they have been fully absorbed by your body you will be left with loose, hanging skin leaving you looking even older than you did previously.

At what age should you stop getting Botox?

At what age should you stop using Botox? There is no upper age limit for people who want to have Botox. In fact, many women enjoy the refreshed look they can get from Botox and complementary treatments when they are in their 60s or older.

Do you look older after Botox wears off?

There's a common misconception that Botox makes you look older when it wears off. On the contrary, regular Botox treatments make you look younger even after the neurotoxin wears off.

Do you age faster after stopping Botox?

Many people worry that if they stop getting BOTOX injections, their wrinkles will come back faster and worse than before. However, this is not the case. If you stop BOTOX injections, your wrinkles will slowly start to come back, but slower than if you had never used BOTOX to begin with.

Why You Should Avoid fillers?

The most serious risk associated with dermal fillers is accidental injection into a blood vessel. Filler that enters a blood vessel can cause skin necrosis (death of tissue), stroke, or blindness.

At what age should you start getting fillers?

If you are wondering if it is too early (or too late!) to try dermal fillers or other injections, you can stop wondering. There is almost never a bad time to start. You can begin to consider fillers as early as your twenties, and these treatments can be effective at any age.

Where do you put fillers on your face to look younger?

Where can you use dermal fillers to look younger?
  1. The eye area and eyelids.
  2. Marionette lines, smile lines and frown lines around the mouth.
  3. Frown and furrow lines near the eyebrows and top of the nose.
  4. Thin or deflated lips (plumping).
  5. Chin creases.
  6. Neck creases.
  7. Along the cheekbones.

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