What exactly is Pillow Face?
Surgical procedures like the facelift and eyelid surgery have long been the gold standard in facial rejuvenation. In more recent years, however, it’s been noted that facial aging leads not only to skin laxity but to volume loss as well. While surgical lifts are ideal for treating excess or sagging skin, lost volume is best addressed with injectable fillers or fat grafting. These can effectively plump areas of lost volume such as around the eyes, mouth and cheeks.
Injectable fillers are great for restoring youthful volume, but as with most cosmetic procedures they can be overdone. The tell-tale “windswept” look of the overdone facelift is now being replaced by what many call “pillow face”. Pillow face is a term being used to describe a puffy, often distorted appearance that can occur when an individual gets too many dermal fillers injected. Many celebrities have been accused of pillow face including Linda Evans, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Courtney Love, Donatella Versace, Meg Ryan, Rose McGowan, Priscilla Presley, Heather Locklear, Suzanne Somers, Daryl Hannah, Sharon Osbourne, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kris Jenner, and more.
What’s the best way to avoid pillow face? First, choose a qualified, board certified Facial Plastic or plastic surgeon with extensive experience in injectable fillers. Natural fillers like Sculptra can be an ideal choice for those looking to avoid a puffy appearance as it stimulates your body to produce its own collagen rather than simply filling in sunken areas. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane are also a good choice because if they’re overdone they can be undone with an injection of hyaluronidase, an enzyme which quickly breaks down the substance. Fat can be a good choice as well, but it’s essential that you find a doctor who can correctly perform this delicate procedure in order to avoid lumps and irregularities. Most important, perhaps, is to keep in mind that moderation is often the best approach. Injectable fillers, when done correctly and in moderation, can restore lost volume in areas like the cheeks, chin, eyes, temples and lips for a more youthful and pleasing appearance.