“Pillow Face”: What it is and How to Avoid it

If you’re like most women, you want to avoid joining the likes of certain celebrities tagged with the label “pillow face” by the media.

“Pillow face” is a direct play on the puffy, unattractive result of using too much facial filler or transferred fat. Another term often used to describe this overfilled look is “chipmunky.”

We begin to experience loss of volume in the face in the mid-20s, and by the mid-40s some noticeable wrinkling and loss of skin elasticity have left their mark. Intended to plump up areas of lost volume and restore a youthful fullness, injectables like Juvederm®, Sculptra™, Restylane®, and Radiesse® can be very effective if administered correctly. Injectables allow you to turn back the clock temporarily, without committing to surgical procedures like face lift or eyelid lift. There’s little or no downtime and the injection process if virtually painless. It’s also markedly less expensive.

Despite the many benefits of facial injectables, overfilling can completely undermine the original purpose of using facial fillers — to create a more attractive look. With facial fat transfer, some doctors like to overfill in anticipation of fat loss, but when fat loss is marginal, the artificial-looking pillow face results. The dreaded pillow face can bring unwanted attention and make you even more self-conscious than you were before seeking treatment. It is important that you maintain realistic expectations about what facial fillers can and cannot do and understand the effects of overfilling.

The key to avoiding pillow face lies in choosing a skilled medical expert that you can trust. If you’re thinking of enhancing your appearance with facial fillers, make sure you do your research and choose an experienced Bay Area cosmetic surgeon like Dr.Robert Aycock. Dr. Aycock tailors his facial treatments to each patient and works to achieve beautiful results that are subtle and natural looking, not painfully obvious.

Dr. Aycock has spent his professional career studying the elements of beauty, including ideal facial proportions and the concept of facial balance. He knows what works for each patient and he is able to use his keen insight to create positive changes using a variety of facial fillers. He’s worked with each one of these fillers and researched their effects. He takes your personal ideals and combines them with classic standards of beauty to create a final appearance that is youthful and classy.

Trust Dr. Robert Aycock and his experienced team to give you personalized, natural-looking facial filler results. To set up a personal facial rejuvenation appointment, please contact Dr. Aycock at (925) 727-3337 .

By | 2017-06-26T15:10:32+00:00 April 22nd, 2012|Skin Rejuvenation|

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