As people get older, the first place that they notice signs of aging is in their face. Some of the aging signs are saggy skin, blemishes, eye bags, wrinkles, hollow cheeks and jowling.
One way to preserve a youthful appearance is with injectable dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be bad. The end result of too much fillers is a condition typically referred to as overfilled syndrome also known as “pillow face” or “chipmunk cheeks”.
Even famous celebrities such as Madonna, Nicole Kidman and Janice Dickison have all fallen victim to overfilled syndrome.
What Is Overfilled Syndrome or 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, chin, lips and other areas of the face to puff out disproportionately.
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. The correct usage of the type of fillers is also important. 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. There are many energy devices like the Exilis Elite™ or threadlifts that can lift the sagging skin.
Overfilled syndrome is a real concern for people who are thinking about facial injections. Visiting a professional 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 end up with from over-injecting.
Using Dermal Fillers the Correct Way and 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.
The way dermal fillers work is by smoothing out wrinkles and hollowness by injecting directly into areas with fat loss. A physician should also be familiar with the ‘phi’ of beauty proportion and symmetry, besides the gender difference and preferences across the different ethnicities and cultures. Most often than not, it also takes different modalities and multiple sessions to address the many facets of aging concerns and beauty
What Are the Risks?
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 certified professional. In Malaysia, only doctors holding the LCP (Letter of credentialing and privileging) from the Ministry of Health Malaysia are allowed to do aesthetic procedures.
Doctors who take their work seriously always update themselves regularly and use fillers that have been approved by the FDA.
Dermal Fillers or Fat
Fat has also been used as a filler for face. It can also be enhanced with svf (stromal vascular faction) that contains growth factors for better results. The nanofat used also rejuvenates the skin making it look younger and radiant. It is safe and done in an office setting.
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