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Filler Migration: What You Need to Know

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In the ever-evolving landscape of cosmetic procedures, dermal fillers have become increasingly popular for their ability to rejuvenate and enhance facial features without the need for surgery. However, like any medical intervention, understanding the potential risks and side effects is crucial for making informed decisions. One such concern that has garnered attention is filler migration.


Filler migration refers to the movement of injectable fillers from their original placement to other areas of the face. This movement can occur gradually over time, leading to unintended changes in facial contours and appearance. While some degree of migration is normal and expected due to factors such as gravity and facial muscle movement, excessive or noticeable migration can be concerning for patients.


Several factors can contribute to filler migration:

  • Gravity: Over time, gravity pulls on the injected filler, causing it to gradually shift downward. This is particularly common in areas with thin skin, such as the under-eye area or lips.
  • Facial Movement: Facial expressions and muscle contractions can also influence filler migration. Areas of the face that experience frequent movement, such as around the mouth or forehead, may be more prone to displacement.
  • Injection Technique: The skill and expertise of the injector play a significant role in minimizing filler migration. Improper injection techniques or placement can increase the risk of migration.
  • Type of Filler: Different types of fillers have varying viscosities and properties, which can affect their tendency to migrate. Thicker fillers may be less likely to migrate compared to thinner ones.


While filler migration can be concerning, there are steps that can be taken to manage it effectively:

  • Choose a Qualified Injector: Selecting a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with extensive experience in facial aesthetics is crucial. A skilled injector will assess your facial anatomy, choose the most appropriate filler, and employ techniques to minimize migration.
  • Opt for Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are popular choices due to their natural compatibility with the body and reversible nature. If migration occurs, HA fillers can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase.
  • Follow Post-Treatment Instructions: Adhering to post-treatment guidelines provided by your injector can help minimize the risk of filler migration. Avoiding vigorous facial movements, massaging the treated area as directed, and attending follow-up appointments are essential for optimal results.
  • Consider Combination Treatments: Combining fillers with other cosmetic procedures, such as Botox or skin tightening treatments, can help maintain the desired results and minimize the effects of gravity and facial movement.

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Effie Politis, MD, FACS of Politis Plastic Surgery brings both skill and a personalized approach to the care of her plastic surgery patients. She is board certified by
the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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