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Dermal Fillers

When Lip Fillers Go Wrong

The number of experts providing aesthetic procedures is booming, leading to an increase in the number of quack cosmetic doctors. This article discusses lip fillers and instances when lip fillers may go wrong.

The rise of lip filler procedures in the last decade has shown a lot of desire for more plump lips and full volume. Lip filler treatments are safe and not painful. However, a patient may experience discomfort during the filler treatments. After lip filler procedures, patients may experience side effects such as bleeding, swelling, and tenderness. However, these effects subside with time. When the lip injections are done wrongly, adverse complications such as asymmetry may be evident.

How to Know That My Fillers Have Gone Wrong

It is true that when lip filler procedures are performed by cosmetic doctors or specialised personnel, the treatment results in a perfect outcome with no permanent side effects. However, there are usually risks of dermal fillers leading to complications. These complications may even result from accurately performed injection criteria. Some of the ways one can notice a wrong filler procedure include;

Development of Lumps

Fruitful lip fillershould not be lumpy. If there is lumpiness on your lips, itmight be because of the wrong criteria when inserting the filler. Sometimes, it can result due to dense fill. Some requirements or techniques requiremuch experience and education in lip anatomy. Cosmetic doctors should also show high skills and eyes that are aesthetic. This is a major requirement since not all injectors can perform a cosmetic treatment if they have low skills and qualifications.

The criteria may otherwise not be suitable for everyone. The patient may end up with asymmetrical results. Some unique facial outlooks may as well come up. This indicates that the filler is not the right product for that specific patient at a certain point.

Necrosis of Tissue Lip

Once the dermal filler has not been fruitfully inserted, there is the occurrence of necrosis of the lip. Ruiz et al. (2017) explained that lip necrosis is usually caused by the interference of a blood vessel which blocks oxygenated blood from reaching the lip tissues. It is, therefore, very crucial to identify your lip fillers once you experience signs of necrosis.

On some other occasions, lip filler migration occurs. Still, it might not be due to the negligence of the practitioner, as they are explained below:

Not Going Easy on the Quantity of Filler

The individual lip’s size and shape help identify the number of injectable fillers used. Huge contents of the fillers may provide volumes that are not our expectations which can lead to lips that appear botched. Therefore, a skilled cosmetic doctor should apply small quantities of the fillers once performing the operation procedures. Patients must begin with the lowest content and develop suitable and preferable choices.

Cosmetic Doctorsof Low Qualification

Park et al. (2016) explained that unqualified and inexperienced cosmetic doctors are among the main causes of the fillers’ migration. Thorough assessments and check-ups should be done before and after an aesthetic practitioner performs any operation on your lips.

 An unskilled doctor may damage your lips; for instance, they may do the following unprofessional procedures:

  • He may go ahead with the methods without listening to the patient
  • He might not have studied your face with its features before an injection
  • A less qualified person cannot have the capability to handle the complications conveniently
  • He might lack appropriate guidelines that regard the outcomes and risks of the operations

Only a qualified and experienced professional who can understand the anatomy of the lips can understand lip filler migration.

Uneven Lips

Uneven lips may result from injecting various fillers into the lip tissues(Funt& Pavicic, 2013). This usually happens when one portion of the lip is thick compared to the other. Such a situation may be solved instantly by obtaining another injection of the same product to bring a balanced from the uneven type of lips.

Preventing Issues Related To Lip Fillers

Some techniques may be taken before any lip filler procedures to minimise the appearance of problems.

  • According to King (2017), patients should stop using blood thinners or non-steroid anti-inflammation drugs. These drugs should be stopped a few weeks before the injection day. Also, some food supplements such as oily fish and vitamin E should be avoided since they increase bleeding and lead to reduced bruises.
  • Pre- and post-operational diets greatly influence the prevention of lip filler problems. Such diets include eating pineapples and antioxidant-rich foods before injection day.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lip Fillers

Can Lip Filler Complications disappear in One Week?

Most complications from lip filler injections are not long-lasting. They slowly subside within time. However, this duration relies on the body’s metabolism. It is, therefore, important to regularly get the touch-up routines to retain the desired appearance.

Can a Lip Filler Fail to Work?

Patients who regularly get filler treatments may not respond appropriately to the same dermal filler. This might easily be identified once the injected tissues develop some ridges and swelling.

Are There Possibilities That a Lip Filler Will Migrate Immediately?

A small number of patients may undergo lip migration caused by the response of the patient’s immunity. Such instances are rare but may result due to facilitators like illness or allergy.


The main complications of lip filler injections are bumpiness, asymmetry and rare long-term swellings. However, looking for a more enhanced physical appearance is usually good. Experimenting with lip fillers may make an individual have regrets. Therefore,patients should emphasise convenient strategies and the correct cosmetic provider for the procedures. Nonsurgical operations, such as lip filler treatments, should be done by qualified and trained medical doctors or aesthetic practitioners.This will create trust on the patient’s side once all the information has been received. More researched evidence should be available before proceeding to undertake lip filler treatments.


Caberlotto, E., Ruiz, L., Miller, Z., Poletti, M., & Tadlock, L. (2017). Effects of a skin-massaging device on the ex-vivo expression of human dermis proteins and in-vivo facial wrinkles. PloS one12(3), e0172624.

Funt, D., & Pavicic, T. (2013). Dermal fillers in aesthetics: an overview of adverse events and treatment approaches. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology6, 295.

King, M. (2017). The management of bruising following nonsurgical cosmetic treatment. The Clinical and aesthetic dermatology Journal, 10(2), E1.

Park, M. E., Curreri, A. T., Taylor, G. A., & Burris, K. (2016). Silicone granulomas are a growing problem?. The Clinical and aesthetic dermatology Journal, 9(5), 48.

Julia Davis