Big pillowy pouts and tightly pulled skin has become something of the norm, largely thanks to the likes of the Kardashians and Insta-celebrities. While cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers and Anti-wrinkle Injections are non-invasive and quick to perform without a scalpel, they can significantly alter your appearance.

In fact, it’s very easy to go too far with dermal fillers resulting in an artificial, fake look by injecting too much or focusing on one area. What look you are wanting to achieve is something that you need to consider carefully before you attend your dermal filler treatment on the Gold Coast, Australia.

If you’re concerned you may not appear like yourself and you want natural-looking results, you may want to avoid these mistakes.

Will I look fake after my Dermal Filler treatment?

dermal fillers have the ability to restore lost volume due to aging and contour facial features for enhancement and definition. Some people are tentative about Dermal Filler injections because they don’t want to “fish lips” after a lip enhancement and plastic looking cheeks. It’s not uncommon for prospective clients of our Gold Coast clinic to say they want to enhance their look without appearing overly worked.

When it comes to cosmetic injectables, sometimes less is more. Too much filler, too frequent or too much focus on one particular area can give you an obvious and unnatural appearance.

Here, we look at what can influence your final results and determine whether you end up with natural-looking results or a plastic appearance.

1. Injecting too much filler

Injecting too much filler into a single treatment area can change the overall proportions of your face, creating an unnatural appearance. This is common in areas such as the lips, tear troughs or cheeks. Besides looking overly worked, one of the side effects of too much filler is an abnormal bulging of the skin resulting in a lumpy surface.

Depending on the types of fillers used, the final results of your dermal filler treatment may not be evident immediately. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, for example, can take up to a month before it settles into the treated site and forms a natural part of the skin. You may also have some minor swelling or bruising that can disguise the final results. So before you say “more”, you may want to see how you react to the treatment first.

2. Using permanent fillers

One of the downsides of using permanent fillers over the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers used at all Cosmos Clinics including the Gold Coast in QLD is that they can’t easily be adjusted. If too much lip filler is injected, for example, it can’t be removed or corrected. Furthermore, the permanence of some types of fillers means you don’t have the option to change your mind if you decide you no longer want the definition around your jawline at a later date.

3. Focusing too much on one area

A qualified and experienced cosmetic injector should advise you on how you can achieve your desired natural-looking results so that your proportions are enhanced and not warped. This may mean you need Dermal Filler injections in more than one area or combined with an anti-wrinkle treatment to achieve the desired level of rejuvenation.

This is one of the many reasons you should check the qualifications and experience of your cosmetic injector before you undergo any injectable treatment. At the Gold Coast Cosmos Clinic, you can rest assured we have a highly-skilled team of registered nurses carrying out the procedure.

In addition, it is important you understand their proposed treatment plan for the injectables and make sure their suggestions are in line with your expectations.

4. Contouring without skincare

Considering a facelift or defining your jawline using dermal fillers? Injectables can be a great way to avoid the scalpel and the lengthy downtime while restoring and enhancing your natural, youthful contours. However, one of the obvious giveaways of a Dermal Filler treatment is lifting and adding volume to areas of the face without addressing the skin quality. Picture getting a fresh facelift yet still having obvious sun pigmentation and deep lines. The full, lifted face simply doesn’t match the aging skin.

If there are many visible fine lines, damaged skin from sun exposure or acne scars or deep tear troughs, it may be worth considering a combination treatment to achieve a more harmonious, natural-looking aesthetic.

5. Treating fine lines and not volume loss

As with contouring without treating the quality of the skin, treating fine lines without restoring the volume loss can create an unrealistic appearance. As we age, it’s only natural for our skin to lose elasticity and structure due to the reduced collagen production. This translates into sagging and a lack of fullness in areas of the face, particularly the cheeks.

Using dermal fillers to fill in the deep and fine lines around your eyes or mouth can help to brighten your overall face and take off a few years. However, long-term this can affect the proportions of your face. Your cosmetic injector should advise you how you can minimise the appearance of those aging lines while still enhancing your facial features and maintaining natural volume.

6. Too frequent Dermal Filler treatments

With high-quality hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, it’s difficult for a cosmetic injector to overfill an area in one consultation. However, frequently receiving Dermal Filler top-ups, especially from various cosmetic clinics, can lead to unnatural looking results.

One of the benefits of dermal fillers is that you can take the injectable process slowly. If you’re having dermal fillers for the first time, you may want to begin with just enough to contour the areas of your face, smooth out those fine lines and add volume to depleted areas. In your next maintenance consultation scheduled by your chosen medical professional, you may want to add a little more.

This way you will allow the filler to settle naturally into the treated area and you won’t run the risk of ending up with a disproportionate face. For some people, dermal fillers and cosmetic treatments can become somewhat addictive. They may lose the ability to access their appearance objectively and continually feel they need to correct or improve areas of their body. To a great extent, it’s the responsibility of the medical practitioner to guide the client away from procedures that could risk their health or give poor aesthetic outcomes.