Why Lip Filler Migration Can Cause the Dreaded "Duck Lips"

Kylie Jenner is a popular reality television star and social media influencer who is known for her signature full lips. In 2015, Jenner revealed that she had gotten lip fillers to achieve her plump pout, sparking a widespread trend of young people getting lip fillers to emulate her look. Jenner has faced criticism for promoting a potentially dangerous trend, as lip fillers can carry risks and complications, including migration and the "duck lips" appearance. 

Many young girls continue to seek the “Kylie Jenner’s lips look” when they are looking to get lip filler done. However, when lips become overfilled the lips develop the ducky or “shelf-like” appearance above the lip border. Lip filler migration and dissolving is a topic that has gained a lot of attention in recent years, as more and more people are turning to lip fillers to achieve fuller, more defined lips. 

While lip fillers can be a great way to enhance your natural features and improve your overall appearance, it's important to understand the potential risks and complications that can arise from lip filler treatments, including migration and dissolving.

What are “Duck Lips”?

The "duck lips" appearance is a term used to describe lips that have been overfilled with filler, resulting in a pouty, exaggerated look. This can happen if the filler is injected too close to the surface of the skin, or if too much filler is used in the treatment. The duck lips appearance can be unflattering and can even make it difficult to speak or eat normally. Also a visual sign of lip migration is when there is a plump upper lip and a lack of a definite boundary between the lip edge and the upper or lower region of the lip border.

Lip filler migration is a potential complication of lip filler treatments, where the filler substance moves from the intended injection site to another area of the face. When the lips are done over many years. It is best to have it dissolve and start fresh to prevent the “duck lips” appearance.

Key Signs of Lip Filler Migration

To identify the signs of lip filler migration, you should look for any changes in the shape or appearance of your lips after your treatment. Some common signs of lip filler migration include:

  • Unevenness or asymmetry in the lips
  • Lumps or bumps in the lip tissue, and this could be inside your mouth as well
  • A "duck lips" appearance, where the lips appear pouty and exaggerated
  • Changes in the sensation of the lips, such as numbness or tingling

How To Fix Duck Lips

If you've experienced lip filler migration, the first step is to consult with a qualified medical professional. They will be able to assess the extent of the migration and recommend a treatment plan to address the issue. In some cases, the filler can be dissolved using a special enzyme called hyaluronidase, which breaks down the filler substance and allows it to be safely absorbed by the body.

The dissolving process typically involves a series of injections with the enzyme, and it can take several treatments to fully dissolve the filler. It's important to note that dissolving lip filler is a delicate process and should only be performed by a qualified medical professional.

Overall, lip filler migration and dissolving is a serious issue that can have significant consequences if not properly addressed. By understanding the potential risks and complications, and taking the necessary precautions, you can help ensure that your lip filler treatments are safe and effective.

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