Have you ever met someone and you could see straight away that they’ve gone under the knife or had what might be dubbed “dodgy” aesthetic treatments?
Facial fillers are great for restoring facial volume lost through the ageing process or plumping up areas to smoothen out deep-set lines. But, if you want to have any dermal fillers, lip fillers or even breast enhancement surgery, the goal for any of these types of aesthetic treatments should always be to achieve natural-looking results.
Here, the team at Amaris B. Clinic outlines the risk in overdoing face fillers and lip fillers in particular, and why it’s important to know where to get them done well.
What is “facial overfilled syndrome”?
Face fillers have come a long way since the 1970s. Today, the most common are lip fillers, or filled used to add volume to cheeks, reduce the appearance of dark eye circles, and alter and refine the shape of the nose and jawline. However, there are drawbacks to this wonderful discovery. Using too much face filler can result in what’s known as facial overfilled syndrome. And signs of overdone fillers are quite obvious. You might hear people use terms such as “flowerhorn forehead”, “sunset eyes”, “witch’s chin” and also “chipmunk cheeks” to describe this syndrome.
Common causes of facial overfilled syndrome include incorrect injection technique, incorrect placement or selection of dermal fillers, and also patients who demand more than the recommended amount of fillers. It’s important to find an experienced and skilled doctor who can carefully assess the patient’s condition and accordingly recommend the suitable areas for injection and the type of dermal facial filler that should be used.
The importance of the type of facial fillers and technique
Dr Ivan Puah of Amaris B. Clinic says that using inferior dermal fillers and applying the wrong injection technique can have a negative effect on treatment results.
In recent years, facial fillers with hyaluronic acid (HA) have become increasingly popular. This is because it’s a natural human body component. HA plays an essential role in maintaining tissue hydration, and supporting the skin’s structure and overall tissue integrity. Under the hands of a skilled and experienced injector, using a good quality filler of this kind will effectively fill up sunken facial areas, restore volume loss and smooth out wrinkles, giving a refreshed and younger look.
Other facial enhancement alternatives
For those who want to overhaul their skin health and firm up sagging jowls, fillers can be combined with botulinum toxin injections, Pico Fractional laser and non-invasive skin lifting treatments such as Ultherapy for a more dramatic anti-ageing outcome.
For a more lasting and youthful appearance, ADR-C Facial Enhancement (fat grafting) – also known as autologous fat transfer – is an option. This minimally invasive procedure is effective in treating thin, ageing faces with deep-set laugh lines, crow’s feet, facial volume loss and forehead creases. Performed by Dr Puah, the treatment’s first step involves collecting fat tissues from the patient. These usually come from the abdomen or thigh. The fat is then processed to remove impurities and prepared for injection. During the grafting stage, he carefully layers the fat tissues into the targeted facial area with a blunt cannula.
ADR-C Facial Enhancement smoothens out facial wrinkles, boosts volume and improves facial definition naturally. And, unlike dermal fillers, which contain foreign substances, the procedure involves the use of the patient’s own fat. That means there’s no risk of your body rejecting the graft.
Where to get natural-looking dermal fillers
Firstly, never get your lip fillers (or any dermal fillers) or botulinum toxin injections done in a salon by a beautician or therapist! Facial injectables are cosmetic procedures that can only be conducted by a licensed and MOH-certified doctor.
Less is more when it comes to achieving natural results with facial injectables. Facial fillers when done well should be untraceable. The “duck lips”, unnaturally straight nose bridges and rounded cheeks you see on Instagram are obvious signs of a botched job. When a good doctor with a keen aesthetic eye injects the filler in the treated area, your lips should look naturally voluminous.
“The preferred option of subscribing to procedures that enhance an appearance that looks more natural and subtle has increased in the last few years. People want to stand out but not end up looking like someone else,” says Dr Puah.
About Dr Puah and Amaris B. Clinic
A doctor should always communicate realistic outcomes based on their particular features. We all have unique facial structures; what works for someone may not necessarily work for you! Dr Puah believes that art is as important as science when it comes to medical aesthetics. Having an artistic sense helps you get the look you desire. His “30% science, 70% art” approach to aesthetic treatments has gained recognition from medical industry veterans and trade professionals, with Amaris B. Clinic taking out multiple GlobalHealth Asia Pacific awards in recent years – including Body Sculpting Provider of the Year for four consecutive years. Dr Puah is also the appointed injectables trainer for doctors by Merz Singapore as well as Allergan Singapore.
If you’ve had fillers or any aesthetic treatments done, and aren’t happy with them, or just want to talk to someone about your options, book an appointment with Dr Puah.