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Filler migration

Medically Reviewed by Mohsen Talani, MD on November 27, 2023 | Written by CBAM Author

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*Filler migration *
Filler Migration is defined as the process of dermal Filler spreading or “migrating” to another area beyond the site of injection. Whilst migration is mainly spoken about in terms of lip Fillers, migration can also happen anywhere that Filler is injected. This includes the tear-trough, jawline and also the cheeks.
It is possible to detect Filler migration as it can give that ducky or “shelf-like” appearance above the lip border. In areas such as the tear-trough, migration can be seen as little lumps and ridges around the lower eye area.
Regarding the cause of Filler migration, there are some theories:
1. Firstly, the migration can occur due to the inexperience of the injector who is not well aware of the skin’ structure. In this scenario, the Filler might be injected in areas that it shouldn’t be or it might be placed too deep.
2. Overfilling when treating with dermal Filler is another factor which may increase the risk of Filler migration. In the instance of the lips, if too much product has been placed, the Filler will have no where else to go except outside of the lip’s border. This can cause that “shelf-like” and ducky appearance that we associate with Filler migration.
3. And the last theory is that sometimes migration can be caused by the way your body has chosen to break down the Filler over time. Some practitioners believe that due to the way the mouth constantly contracts, this can cause Filler migration over time.