Facial Fillers Gone Wrong

How to avoid the overinflated face

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Using fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, and Juvéderm is a great, non-surgical way to rejuvenate your face. However, there is a disconcerting trend occurring — the "helium balloon effect." Instead of ​​walking out of medical offices and spas looking young and vibrant, they appear to have had their faces pumped with helium.  While injecting fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane into the face is not “surgery,” it should still be done with considerable care and judgment.

Choose Your Injector Wisely

If you want to rejuvenate your face with fillers, go for it. But don’t let your doctor, nurse, aesthetician, etc. go overboard! Remember, you are the one who has to wear your face out in public.

No longer is it only plastic surgeons that are injecting people’s faces with fillers. In many cases, dermatologists, gynecologists, pediatricians, family doctors, dentists, nurses, aestheticians, and anyone who opens up medical spas are the perpetrators behind these over-injected faces. 

Be wary if your injector claims that he or she “always” use a certain amount or certain number of syringes when doing filler injections. Basically, they’re telling you that he or she is using a cookie cutter approach. And you’re not a cookie. If your injector is pushing more filler, simply tell him or her, “No.” You can always come back for more. It is much more of an ordeal to try and reverse the effects.

In Case of an Overfill

Luckily, fillers such as Juvéderm, Perlane, and Restylane have an antidote known as hyaluronidase. Unfortunately, use of this antidote will usually break down everything that was injected so you’ll start back at ground zero and you’ll be out the money you paid for the filler in the first place.

Fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse have no antidote, thus you’ll just have to wait out any overfilled effects. The silver-lining is that eventually the overinflated appearance will look normal, though it may not be for a while.

Plump does not necessarily equal youthful. An overinflated face never duplicates the face one had in youth. And it just looks plain odd! Over-plumped faces are so obvious that even a child can recognize that something doesn’t look quite right. A subtle change is best. Have a mirror in hand when getting your injections done so that you can let your doctor know when enough is enough. Some injectors have “a look” that they try to give to all of their patients. They think this “look” looks good when it doesn’t. Unless you’re a baby, looking like Stewie Griffin from the show “Family Guy” is not a good look. 

For more information on fillers, see:

The Differences Between Facial Fillers

What Facial Fillers Can Do For You

The Side Effect of Facial Fillers That You Should Know About

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