Have you ever had a friend that looked refreshed and younger since the last time you saw her? Did she brag about having a fabulous vacation on an exotic island? Maybe she said that she rested or that her skin loved the ocean breeze. Well, I hate to say it, but she lied to you. She probably had face fillers injected while you weren’t looking. The truth is, plenty of people get face fillers. However, you would never know it because their fillers were expertly done. Well-done work will give you a naturally refreshed and younger look. However, when the procedure does not go well, the result is a pillow face.
What is Pillow Face?
When I first heard the term “pillow face,” I thought it meant the lines on your face from your pillow. Boy, was I way off base!
According to many plastic surgeons and dermatologists, a pillow face is caused by a very poor technique in which an excessive amount of dermal filler has been injected into the face. The result is that the face looks inflated, odd, and sometimes hard. The more rotund the cheeks are, the more the nose seems sandwiched between two mounds. Instead of looking soft and youthful, the face looks oddly off-balance and artificial.
This really does not have to happen at all. Fillers can actually give you the look you want if you choose the right surgeon and the right filler.
Why Get Dermal Fillers in the First Place?
We lose fat cells as we age, and our skin becomes thinner. Our cheeks will naturally look lean and hollow. These changes make us look more svelte everywhere, including on our faces. Most women prefer a round face with young, chubby cheeks. This is because round, plump cheeks defy the aging process and provide a more youthful look. Apparently, it’s great to have a lean body, but a lean face? Not so much. How great would it be if our body fat could migrate and plump up our faces? Well, to be honest, I’d like my fat to move to a few other deflated places first.
Getting a Plump, Youthful Look
The answer is to do what many Hollywood celebrities are currently doing: have your cheeks injected with dermal fillers.
Nicole Kidman, Linda Evans, and Madonna are just a few A-list stars who have had the procedure done. They have not come out and confessed this, but we can tell. Their faces have miraculously gone from lioness lean to pleasantly plump overnight. No rest in the world can achieve that. They had to have work done, plain and simple. Cheek fillers can turn back time by doing what Botox has failed to do, add volume. When done correctly, dermal fillers can smooth out wrinkles and fill in deep creases to give a soft, younger appearance. Pillow face is an entirely different matter.
Finding a Surgeon
Why do you need a surgeon? You need a surgeon and not just an “injector” because we are talking about your face. This is the most visible part of your body. Spend the money on your face and go cheap on any other hidden body part.
To achieve that soft, young look, a facial plastic surgeon is best. They will have plenty of experience with the procedure, and they also have a trained eye to achieve visual balance and can correct any unwanted innate structures. A facial plastic surgeon is well-versed in facial anatomy and can best gauge how much product is needed to achieve the results you desire. You want the Goldilocks effect: not too little and not too much. You want just the right amount of fillers in the best spots for maximum effect. My advice is to put your money where your face is.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Choosing a dermal filler for your face is no simple task. The results, whether fantastic or frightening, are on your face for all to see. The type of dermal filler used depends on its composition, target location, severity of the problem, volume or number of injections needed, and how long the filler will last.
You will also need to know about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects. These decisions are best left in the hands of a professional. Plus, the cute brand name will have little effect on your surgeon. They ignore the marketing ploys and make decisions based on what is best for you and you alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there are several dermal fillers on the market. The four most common types are listed below.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite – used for frown lines, nasolabial folds, etc.
- Hyaluronic acid – brand names Captique, Elevess, Juvederm, and Restylane are used for acne scars, crow’s feet, smokers’ lines, etc.
- Polyalkylimide – used to plump thin lips and enhance cheek and jaw bones in addition to other uses.
- Polylactic acid – fills in laugh lines, plumps thin lips, etc.
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) – can be used for many reasons, including to treat medium to deep wrinkles and furrows.
I recommend that you choose and research a few providers. Read their reviews and check their education. Do you know anyone who used them? A personal recommendation is great after you have done your due diligence. Bring a close friend or family member with you to your consultations. Yes, you must have more than one consultation in order to find the best surgeon for you. Take your time searching. Tell your friend what your desired results are so they can help you make the best choice. Then, schedule your appointment and your “vacation on that exotic island.” You will need to be absent from public view until you are ready to re-emerge looking glorious.