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Do Injectable Fillers Stretch Out the Skin?

Posted November 02, 2020 in Facial Fillers

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You may have heard of the term “filler abuse” or “filler fatigue.” This term refers to the overuse of injectable fillers to the point that it stretches out the skin. Even though injectable fillers are used to restore volume and youthful-looking facial contours, research has shown that using large amounts of injectable fillers over a long period can actually stretch out facial skin, leading to unwanted laxity. 

Woman getting injectable filler treatment in cheek

So, why does this happen, and how can you reduce the risk of it happening to you?

How Can Injectable Fillers Stretch Out Skin?

Injectable fillers can stretch out the skin if they are used too often and in large doses. This occurs because the fillers are stretching skin that is producing less collagen and elastin to maintain youthfulness; therefore, once the filler is gone, the skin cannot contract. 

In fact, this speeds up the aging process, which is usually the exact opposite outcome individuals that were getting injectable fillers were looking to achieve.

Tips To Avoid This Problem

First and foremost, you want to make sure your provider does not “overfill” the area you are working on. Filler abuse can happen quickly if the doctor recommends treatments back-to-back or allows you to overfill an area. Each time you put filler in, the pocket expands more, and it becomes a bigger pocket. A vicious cycle begins that can get out of control if your refill schedule is too close together. 

And, overfilling only quickens this cycle as well.

To help avoid this, you should only work with professional, board-certified plastic surgeons. A doctor that has your best interests in mind will never recommend overfilling. If done correctly, injectable fillers should improve wrinkles and smooth out the skin, not cause skin issues.

You can also maintain a rigorous skin routine that focuses on improving skin elasticity. There are plenty of fabulous skincare products on the market that can help keep your skin tight. Make sure to use these products at least three to four times per week.

Lastly, remember that fillers can’t stop the aging process. Injectable fillers can improve mild to moderate skin concerns, but if you’re suffering from loose or sagging skin, consider a lift (facelift surgery, neck lift surgery, etc.) for more long-term results.

Interested in Learning More?

If you think injectable fillers might be right for you, book a consultation at Ghere Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ghere is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is passionate about giving patients the results they want. 

Dr. Ghere believes that a natural and slow approach to injectable fillers will achieve a natural-looking outcome with minimal risk of skin stretching. Schedule a consultation today by calling 225-412-4774 or filling out our online contact form.

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