Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those looking to reduce wrinkles and add volume to their face. While it typically takes two weeks for the filler to settle and integrate into the facial tissue, there are rare cases where facial fillers such as Juvederm may migrate to another site on the face a few days after the injection. This is known as Juvederm migration and is caused by the filler moving before it has fully adhered to the facial tissue. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the risk of Juvederm migration.
The most important factor is to choose a professional, highly qualified esthetician who has years of experience applying facial fillers such as Juvederm. It is also important to understand which fillers should be used to treat different skin problems, as not all fillers are created equal. In addition, Dr. Gavin Chan, an experienced cosmetic doctor, recommends checking dermal fillers every 12 months to confirm that patients are still happy with their appearance.
If the dermal filler treatment has not met your expectations, it can be dissolved with hyaluronidase injections. Dr. Chan has also discovered something about dermal fillers that has “surprised” him with regard to the longevity of the filler. He explains: “Traditionally, we've been told that fillings last between 6 and 12 months, maybe 18 months.
However, if you search the Internet, ask other aesthetic doctors who regularly inject fillers, and then ask patients how long the fillers last, the answer is usually the same; 6, 12, or 18 months.” To investigate these types of dermal filling problems, Dr. Chan referred his patients for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to his colleague Dr. Mobin Master (MBBS FRANZCR). Master is qualified in both radiology and cosmetic medicine and was able to use MRI to see exactly where the dermal filler was present on the lips, cheeks and eye areas.
Master believes that MRI is an underused tool in cosmetic medicine and that using this tool allows us to get a better understanding of how dermal fillers work and how long they last in the body. He also believes that a minimalist approach to injecting dermal fillers creates the best results. In conclusion, while dermal filler migration is very rare, its likelihood increases when filled by an inexperienced or poorly qualified injector. To minimize this risk, it is important to choose a professional esthetician who has years of experience applying facial fillers such as Juvederm and to understand which fillers should be used to treat different skin problems.