Have you noticed an unwanted shadow or darkness above your lips after getting lip injections? This dreaded “lip filler mustache” can be an alarming side effect. If your plumped pout has taken an awkward turn, don’t panic.
Read on to learn what to expect after lip filler and how to handle any less-than-ideal results.
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Lip fillers can cause a shadow effect above the top lip, known as a “lip filler mustache,” due to improper injection technique, anatomical factors, and other causes.
Based on our experience, overfilling the upper lip beyond what is required to achieve your desired fullness can cause excess filler material to spread beyond the vermillion border.
This creates a ledge-like effect above the lip that casts an obvious shadow resembling a mustache. Has this ever happened to you after getting a bit too enthusiastic with the filler amounts?
Injecting filler too superficially under the thin skin above your lip also allows the material to be visible under the surface, contributing to shadowing. Based on Dr. Soni’s observations, this occurs when:
Using thick, dense filler products or large particle fillers increases the risk of lumpiness and irregularities that can create unnatural shadows. According to Dr. Soni, thick, viscous fillers or large particle fillers have an increased risk of:
Poor injection technique such as depositing too much filler in one area can lead to lumpiness and irregular shaping, also causing unnatural shadows. Have you ever noticed any lumps or bumps after your lip filler treatment?
Injecting into scar tissue from previous filler or other trauma can make smooth, even distribution of filler difficult. This leads to imperfections and dark spots.
The mustache effect involves filler material moving into the philtral columns, the indentation between your upper lip and nose. This gives a shadowy, darker look resembling a mustache.
According to Dr. Soni, the migration happens due to copious amounts of filler being placed too high and superficial. The plumping pressure of adding volume where it doesn’t belong pushes the material upwards.
Facial muscles also play a role. The levator labii superioris muscle attaches the upper lip to the nose. When this and other muscles around the mouth contract, they can essentially squeeze filler into the mustache zone.
Over time, the migrated filler may clump together to create a visible line under the nostrils. Gravity can worsen this effect. While mild filler migration often resolves within a few weeks, significant migration is harder to reverse.
When performed properly and in appropriate amounts, lip filler should not inherently change the natural color of your lips. However, Dr. Soni notes there are some temporary color changes that can occur:
Aside from these short-term effects, lip filler itself does not alter the actual color or pigmentation of the lips. Any major color change would signify a complication like vascular occlusion, but this is extremely rare with an experienced injector.
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Yes, properly placed dermal filler can change the shape of your lips. One of the goals of lip filler is reshaping the lips for a more desirable, symmetrical appearance.
According to Dr. Soni, the degree of shape change depends on factors like:
With a conservative amount of filler, you may see a subtle enhancement and balancing of your natural lip shape. But in skilled hands, lip fillers can transform the size and shape of lips dramatically.
The provider’s injection precision and artistic eye are key to achieving beautiful, natural-looking results.
Lip fillers can make your lips feel different or unusual for a period of time after the procedure. Immediately after the procedure, swelling is common as the tissues adjust to the increased volume.
In the days and weeks after lip fillers, you may notice some altered sensations in your lips:
The bottom line? Some odd or uncomfortable sensations in your lips are normal during the lip filler healing process, says Dr. Soni. With patience, these feelings should resolve within the first couple of weeks.
Lip fillers can fix uneven lips without creating a “filler mustache” through precise injection techniques and correct placement. Proper technique and placement are critical based on our experience.
Uneven lips are very common and can be caused by genetics, aging, muscle activity, trauma, or other factors. While slight asymmetry is normal, more significant cases can impact confidence or function.
Lip fillers containing hyaluronic acid are often used to add subtle volume and fullness to deficient areas. This helps balance out uneven lips.
Precise, strategic injection techniques allow small adjustments to shape and proportions on each side. When performed by an expert, this can evenly enhance lips without dramatically increasing overall volume or fullness.
However, improper filler placement carries risks of lumps, bumps, migration, and a shadow or line above the lip resembling a “mustache.” This often results from injecting too superficially in the upper lip or overfilling the central part.
To prevent a mustache shadow, experts like Dr. Soni recommend:
A lip filler mustache caused by migrated filler material often requires some type of corrective treatment and does not fully resolve on its own, according to Dr. Soni.
The filler naturally dissipates over time as your body metabolizes it. You may notice mild improvement in a subtle mustache shadow over several months as the product gradually decreases. However, allowing complete natural resolution often takes too long.
For significant filler migration and mustache shadowing, Dr. Soni often recommends corrective treatments to speed removal:
Simply removing all the migrated filler may reveal:
Those are stretched out by excessive filler over time. Additional procedures like laser skin resurfacing or skin tightening treatments are often beneficial to fully restore the lip and philtrum area after significant filler migration.
Preventing migration and mustache shadowing in the first place remains best. Proper injection technique, conservative filler amounts, and an experienced injector like Dr. Soni reduce the chances of migration. But even in skilled hands, minor migration can rarely occur.
Correcting migrated filler takes patience, as the process takes weeks to months through natural or active removal. Avoiding over-correction of any shadowing is crucial. Let Dr. Soni develop a customized treatment plan if you develop signs of lip filler complications.
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