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What Are the Long-Term Side Effects of Cheek Fillers?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Fillers have long been the gold standard for restoring lost facial volume and plumping up hollow features. However, the long-term use or overuse of dermal fillers may lead to premature facial aging, sagging skin, “pillowface,” and other unwanted consequences. To ensure you are using the proper amount of fillers – and to learn more about filler alternatives that can keep you looking young and fresh – it is essential to choose a provider who is highly experienced and knowledgeable in the field of esthetic anti-aging. At VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, premier board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and our team of aesthetic experts help patients understand their options for facial rejuvenation and how to appropriately choose – and use – products, treatments, and procedures that will stand the test of time.

What happens after using fillers for ten years?

Making subtle enhancements to your face with dermal fillers can be a fantastic way to keep your look fresh and youthful over time. This may mean smoothing out lines and wrinkles or plumping up thin lips. Using fillers in larger areas like the cheeks, however, may actually exacerbate the aging process. In some patients, using an excess of filler or using cheek fillers routinely for 10+ years results in stretched-out skin, sagging, and premature facial aging. This often results in patients needing more extensive procedures, like facelift surgery, earlier than expected. To avoid this, many men and women are choosing cosmetic surgery at a younger age, which offers the opportunity to achieve natural-looking results and slow the progression of facial aging.

Am I too young for a facelift?

More and more often, patients as young as their 30s and 40s are turning to facelift surgery. In some cases, this is to correct the side effects of long-term filler use, including sagging cheeks and drooping jowls. Other times, patients are hoping to bypass the use of fillers altogether and get a more subtle, natural new look that helps to slow the signs of aging. During your initial consultation for cosmetic facial surgery in Las Vegas, Dr. Khorsandi will assess your concerns, evaluate your skin elasticity, listen to your goals, and answer any questions you may have. Depending on the details of your case, Dr. Khorsandi may recommend one or more of the following facial rejuvenation procedures:

  • Facelift surgery
  • Mini facelift
  • Brow lift
  • Neck lift
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Mid-facelift

For younger patients, in particular, the mini facelift is a popular option, as it can be performed using local anesthesia and does not require an extended recovery period. With a mini facelift, early signs of aging can be corrected before they progress further, and patients who have developed side effects of long-term filler use can restore a more youthful, natural look.

Rethink cheek fillers and consider a mini facelift in Las Vegas, NV

Whether you’ve just begun using fillers or have been receiving filler injections for many years now, it is important to understand the potentially adverse cosmetic side effects of continual filler use – and what options you have to avoid and/or correct them. For more information on the consequences of long-term filler use and your options for an early facelift in your 30s or 40s, call VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your consultation with renowned board-certified plastic surgeon and facial enhancement expert Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.