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What is Pillow Face? Here’s What Happens with Too Much Filler

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Welcome to the world of cosmetic procedures, where advancements in facial fillers have made it easier than ever to smooth out those pesky signs of aging. But sometimes, too much of a good thing can lead to less-than-desirable results. Here at New York Facial Plastic Surgery, under the expert guidance of board-certified Dr. Andrew Jacono, we strive for balance and natural beauty.

Understanding ‘Pillow Face’

‘Pillow Face’—it’s a term you might have heard tossed around in discussions about cosmetic treatments. But what exactly is it? Pillow face occurs when too much filler is injected into the face, making it appear overly full or swollen, like a pillow. This condition is often the result of too much filler in nasolabial folds or an upper lip that seems puffed out beyond natural contours.

Causes of ‘Pillow Face’

Several factors contribute to the development of pillow face from filler. Firstly, overzealous use of HA filler can lead to a volumized look that might not suit the natural structure of your face. When too much filler is administered into areas like the nasolabial folds or the upper lip, it can disrupt the delicate balance of facial features.

Another cause is lip filler migration. Sometimes, when injectable fillers are not applied correctly or if the type of filler isn’t suitable, the material can migrate from the injection site, leading to an uneven appearance. This is known as filler migration and is a key contributor to the ‘Pillow Face’ effect.

Areas Most Affected

The cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds are particularly susceptible to overfilling. Overfilled lips, often referred to as ‘overfilled lips,’ can detract from a natural-looking result, making the facial expression appear less dynamic. Similarly, cheek fillers, when overdone, can make the face look unnaturally round or wide.

It’s crucial to understand that the injection techniques and the specific amount of filler used play significant roles in the outcome. We focus on enhancing your natural beauty, using precise injection techniques to ensure the filler complements your facial structure rather than overwhelming it.

Preventing ‘Pillow Face’

Preventing ‘Pillow Face’ starts with expert guidance and thoughtful consideration of your unique facial features. At New York Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jacono ensures that every treatment is tailored to enhance your natural beauty. By choosing the right type of filler and the precise amount, we aim to avoid the pitfalls of too much filler. Hje uses advanced injection techniques that respect the natural architecture of your face, ensuring that each treatment complements your overall appearance.

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Managing and Correcting ‘Pillow Face’

If you find yourself with results that lean towards ‘Pillow Face,’ don’t worry—there are solutions. Dissolving the filler is a straightforward procedure that Dr. Jacono can perform to reverse excessive fullness. This process involves injecting a substance that safely breaks down the filler, returning your features to a more natural state. It’s important to discuss the potential side effects with your doctor, but rest assured, this correction is commonly performed with successful outcomes.

Managing migrated lip filler or reducing too much lip filler migration involves similar corrective techniques. These adjustments are part of the comprehensive aesthetic treatments offered here, designed to refine and perfect your look after an initial overfill.

The Importance of Professional Guidance

The key to achieving and maintaining a natural-looking result lies in professional expertise. Injectable fillers are powerful tools in the fight against aging, but their success heavily depends on the skill of the injector. Dr. Jacono emphasizes the importance of choosing a board-certified professional who understands the art and science of facial aesthetics. This ensures not only the beauty of the outcome but also the safety and health of your skin.

Visiting a seasoned expert like Dr. Jacono can evaluate issues such as too much filler = pillow face by ensuring that each treatment is precisely tailored to your needs. The right professional will not only focus on enhancing your current appearance but also on maintaining your natural expression and facial dynamics.

The Bottom Line

In the realm of cosmetic procedures, the goal is always to enhance, not overpower, your natural beauty. At New York Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Andrew Jacono and his team provide you with safe, effective, and aesthetically pleasing results. Whether you’re considering your first treatment or looking to correct previous treatments, it’s crucial to choose a trusted, board-certified professional who prioritizes your well-being and aesthetic goals.

If you’re curious about fillers or need guidance on managing previous treatments, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Together, we can achieve a look that feels both beautiful and unmistakably you.

Whether you’re dissolving your filler or looking for the right procedure for you, let Dr. Jacono walk you through your options. Schedule a consultation today!

Dr. Andrew Jacono

Dr. Andrew Jacono, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Dual Board Certified, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a thriving practice on Long Island’s Gold Coast and in Manhattan on Park Avenue.

Dr. Jacono specializes in reconstructive surgery, specifically facelifts, rhinoplasties and eyelid lifts with flawless, yet natural results. He’s internationally recognized for his innovative non-surgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques. As Director of the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, Dr. Jacono's expertise attracts a wide range of clientele, from prominent celebrities to everyday individuals seeking various enhancements. He is also sought-after for his expert opinion as a lecturer and presenter. Dr. Jacono has presented his innovative techniques at leading universities in the US, and has conducted live surgery at over 100 global plastic surgery meetings and symposiums across multiple countries and organizations.

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