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The Blog Lip Filler Migration: Everything You Need To Know

Sometimes, things may go wrong with your medical and cosmetic procedures. When it comes to lip fillers, migration is the most common we encounter. It’s important to know how to prevent migration. Or maybe you’re dealing with it right now and want to know what to do. No matter what, here is everything you need to know about lip filler migration.

What Is It?

Migration means the lip filler has moved from where it’s supposed to be and has migrated from the site of injection. This is usually easy to spot, as it will result in fullness appearing outside of the lip lines where the filler has migrated to. This can be above or below the lip, beside it, or even underneath the lip. It can also be a case of your lips becoming uneven as the filler has moved from being spread out to end up all in one area.

Why Does It Happen?

One of the biggest reasons why lip fillers migrate is incorrect injection. Someone who is inexperienced or unqualified can put too much filler in the same area or place it too deep under the skin. Similarly, if they overfill your lips with too much filler, that can also contribute to migration.In addition, your injector should choose a minimally hydrophilic filler, to avoid excessive fullness being drawn to the area. This maintains lip border sharpness and shape.

It’s not always the fault of the practitioner, however. It’s also important that you take care of your lips afterwards. Neglecting to follow the aftercare instructions you will be provided with can cause a whole range of issues, including migration. Additionally, sometimes migration is just caused by the way your body breaks down the filler.

How Do You Prevent It?

There’s no reason to get too scared to try fillers because you’re worried about migration, there are plenty of precautions you can take to ensure it doesn’t happen to you! (And if it does, it can be resolved.) The best thing you can do is to choose a reputable, experienced practitioner with good reviews and reputability. In short, someone you can trust. It’s also important to know what brand of filler your practitioner uses, ensuring it’s a high-quality, TGA approved product.

Let your practitioner know if you already have filler so that they can take it into account and not overfill. Lastly, once you’ve left your appointment, follow the aftercare instructions you were given and don’t neglect to take care of your newly filled lips.

How Do You Treat It?

If you have the misfortune of your lip filler migrating, that’s no reason to panic. Yes, it looks awkward for now, but it’s easily fixed. The filler is temporary, so even without taking any measures to fix the migration, the filler will eventually be dissolved by your body and the problem will resolve itself. If you want, understandably, to do it faster than that, then you can simply come to us to have your dermal filler dissolved. It’s a simple procedure, and once the filler is gone no permanent changes will have been made to your lips. In a matter of 2 weeks, you can get them filled again, but this time with better results! It’s an unfortunate nuisance, but as you can see, migration shouldn’t put you off fillers entirely.

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