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Dr Lau Chun Lim: 6 Signs Your Cheeks Fillers Are Overdone

Pillow Face

Cheek fillers are a popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure, offering a quick and effective way to enhance facial features. When done right, they add volume, combat signs of ageing, and define the contours of the face.

However, an excessive amount of cheek filler can produce adverse side effects such as unnaturally round or uneven facial features. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the signs that show your cheek fillers in Singapore are overdone. Here are 6 signs you should watch out for.

Excessive Fullness

When cheek fillers are overdone, one of the most noticeable signs is excessive fullness. While a plump and lifted appearance is desired, an overly round and inflated look appears unnatural and out of proportion with the rest of the face. This look is also known as the pillow face look, seen before in celebrities like Madonna and Lindsay Lohan.

Execessive Fullness

While dermal fillers help achieve youthful fullness, they cannot address issues of skin laxity. Using too much causes an overfilled face with tired-looking and uneven skin.

Note: It is important to address skin laxity, if any, before filler consideration. When skin is tightened, less filler is needed. Check out our list of saggy skin treatments.

Lack of Facial Balance

After a dermal filler application, it’s normal to experience some degree of swelling. However, if asymmetry or distortion persists, it could be an indicator of an incorrect injection technique or overfilling in a specific part of your face. This often occurs when the doctor lacks adequate training.

Furthermore, incorrect filler placement may result in raised cheekbones or unintentional lifting of other facial areas.

With that said, asymmetrical results can also happen when the patient does not follow aftercare instructions closely e.g. exercising after the procedure, resulting in filler migration.

Visible Lumps and Bumps

It’s not uncommon to notice lumps or bumps after a dermal filler injection. While this is a temporary side effect, it’s important to keep a close eye on it. Sometimes these bumps may be because your filler is overdone and not evenly distributed. There may be areas of convexity and concavity usually due to inadequate massage by the practitioner.

Depending on the reason, your doctor may advise massaging the bumps, or leaving them to naturally dissipate over time. By the fourth week, they usually blend seamlessly into the surrounding skin.

Here are some potential side effects of temporary lumpiness in the first few weeks following a dermal filler treatment:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Sensations of lumpiness


Loss of Facial Expressions

Overuse of cheek fillers can limit the natural movement of cheek muscles, leading to a reduced range of facial expressions. If injections are misplaced or an excessive amount of formula is used, it may affect your ability to smile comfortably. A skilled practitioner can evaluate the situation and suggest necessary steps, which may involve dissolving excess filler with hyaluronidase or exploring alternative methods to restore natural facial mobility.


When cheek fillers are overdone, they lead to a drooping appearance. Excess volume in the cheeks causes a persistent swelling that conceals the natural junction between the eyelid and cheek. This results in distorted or compressed-looking eyes, a condition often referred to as “sunset eyes.” In this state, the eyes may appear smaller and take on an unnatural shape.


Swelling that Doesn’t Subside

After getting cheek fillers, it’s normal to have some bruising and swelling, which can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, any bruising and swelling usually go away within a week after the treatment.

However, if you experience prolonged discomfort, swelling, or bruising, it’s important not to ignore it. Swelling that doesn’t subside could indicate overfilling during the filler procedure. In such cases, especially if you have sustained pain, consult your doctor or surgeon immediately.

Choosing the Right Doctor

If you’re thinking about going for a cheek filler treatment in Singapore, it’s important to consult a qualified medical professional. An experienced doctor not only prioritises your safety but also possesses the necessary aesthetic expertise to enhance your facial features.

They have the precision to administer face fillers accurately, ensuring the desired effect is achieved. These professionals undergo extensive training to guarantee the safe handling of needles and are skilled at evaluating a person’s overall health to determine suitability for specific aesthetic procedures.

Lastly, they are knowledgeable about the potential benefits, risks, and potential side effects, providing patients with well-informed and secure care.

Cheeks Filler in Singapore

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we’re dedicated to supporting you and addressing any queries you might have about cheek filler treatments. Whether you’re curious about the various types of dermal face fillers or have inquiries about pricing, our experienced team is here to provide you with the information you need.

Feel free to get in touch with us to schedule a consultation, and let us help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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