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Lip filler migration is a real risk of lip injections and a growing concern for those who opt for augmenting the size and shape of their lips.

While lip filler is becoming increasingly popular to achieve youthful, plump lips, concerns remain about the risk of migration when performed by an inexperienced injector.

At Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, all lip fillers are performed by board-certified dermatologists to ensure natural-looking results with minimal risk.

What Is Lip Filler Migration?

why does lip filler migrate

Migration can mean several things in the aesthetic industry. Simply put lip filler migration means that your lip fillers have moved or spread unintentionally.

If your lip fillers have migrated, it will almost always be noticeable visually. This can be presented in many ways; from a puffy upper lip, a lack of a defined border between the lip edge and above and/or below the lip border.

Essentially it can create lumps or bumps that create notably misshapen lips and can prevent them from closing properly. We’ve all seen it and we’ve all heard about it.

Lip filler migration occurs when the injected substance moves from its intended spot, causing a less-than-desirable appearance, or more commonly called the “lip filler mustache.” The reasons behind this wandering act can vary, from natural facial movements to improper injection techniques.

Why does lip filler migrate?

There are a few key reasons that cause lip fillers to migrate. Incorrect injection technique by inexperienced or under-qualified practitioners is one of the leading causes.

If too much lip filler has been placed in one area, or it has been injected too deeply, then the filler can immediately migrate out of the lips or form lip filler lumps.

Another common cause of lip filler migration is over-filling. This occurs if too much lip filler is injected in one session, or if you have too many lip filler treatments to close together.

Using the wrong type of filler for your specific lip tissue type can also increase the risk of migration. An experienced practitioner will know how to match the right lip filler to your lip tissue type.

Importantly, even if your treatment is done with the utmost care and caution, migration is still a small possibility. Strictly following your treatment aftercare instructions is vital to keep the risk of your lip fillers migrate to a minimum.

Highlights Of A Migrated Lip Filler

why does lip filler migrate

A bad lip job can be noticed upon the very first glance even for a non-expert like your husband or boyfriend! No but seriously, if something does not seem right, it probably is not.

Some of the classic signs of lip filler migration are:

Unnatural Lip Puffiness

A visibly swollen upper or even lower lip, giving a duck-lip look from the sides and a ‘shelf-like’ look from the front.

This puffiness becomes more obvious in the upper lip area near the vermillion border. This slight swelling may cast a shadow, resembling a subtle moustache!

Unnaturally Hardened Lips

Contrary to a natural lip filler effect, a migrated lip filler may result in rubbery, fake looking lips.

Such a pout is almost devoid of those natural lip lines and softness thanks to over injecting by the practitioner.

Borderless Pout!Lip-filler-migration-effects

You can safely call a lip filler gone wrong moment when the lips, upper or lower lip lacks defined, crispy borders.

A poor injection technique, too much lip filler or injected too frequently may be a very possible cause.

The practitioner may only focus on adding more volume without giving due importance to your lip’s shape.

How Can You Prevent Lip Filler From Migrating?

There are certain steps you can take to prevent lip filler migration above the lip:

  • Ensure that an appropriate amount of lip filler is used: a skilled practitioner can control precisely how much dermal filler is injected and where it is placed to avoid overfilling. The best approach is slow and steady, so it is important to wait until your filler has settled down and take a gradual layering approach.

  • Only use trusted dermal filler brands: at Dermax, we only use the leading brands that have undergone intense clinical testing, have been used effectively for many years and are proven to have strong safety records.

  • Follow our aftercare advice: we will give you comprehensive guidelines on looking after your lip filler treatment and minimising downtime. These include not exposing the area to intense heat such as saunas; avoiding pressure on the treatment area for the first few days; avoiding strenuous exercise and alcohol consumption for 24 hours; and not having any skin treatments such as laser, IPL, peels or microdermabrasion for two weeks after your lip augmentation.

  • Choosing a reputable practitioner: this is the most critical factor as a skilled aesthetic practitioner is more likely to produce the result you want and minimise any potential complications. They will also be able to manage any issues that occur such as lip filler migration.


Lip fillers are a popular and safe way to enhance your lips. Still, as with any procedure, it’s essential to understand any potential risks, including lip filler migration.

By working with a skilled and experienced injector, taking a conservative approach to the amount of filler used, and following proper aftercare instructions, you can help ensure your lip filler procedure provides desired results while avoiding complications.

Always remember the best results come from enhancing your natural beauty.






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