How Much Is Too Much When It Comes To The Fillers?

In the last few years, injectables and facial fillers have become more popular and accessible. Fillers are not just changing how we age; they are also setting new beauty trends. More and more young people are filling their faces to get plumper lips, higher cheekbones and a defined jawline. However, this has also led to a rise in overfilled faces. 

Dermal fillers are temporary, and you need maintenance injections to retain the results. Although it’s said that they last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, their longevity can depend on the type of filler, the area where it’s injected, the amount of filler and the body’s metabolism. However, assuming that their filler has dissolved after 6 months or 2 years, many people end up getting new fillers. This is even if the previous one has not yet fully dissolved.  

Dermal fillers don’t necessarily have an exact expiration date, so they aren’t supposed to be topped up regularly. The truth is that fillers can last years underneath the skin and even migrate to other areas of the face. As a result, your face will appear much larger than it naturally is. Although the subtle changes in the face are noticeable at first, you might eventually not notice the distortion anymore because you’ve gotten used to it over time. 

How Much Filler Do You Need For Different Areas Of The Face?

Plastic surgeons generally refer to 1 milligram per area every 6 to 12 months as a standard rule of thumb. Having said that, if you have a filler appointment quite regularly, you will just be adding more filler to your face since the fillers haven’t necessarily dissolved. Not only will your face look swollen, but it will also affect your facial movements. Lips that are too big can also cause speech problems. 

Filler dosages for each area are calculated by your practitioner based on their skill, expertise, and discretion, but anything over the recommended amount could start to look excessive. Plastic surgeons at Longevita recommend the following dosages depending on the area of the face. 

Lip Filler

Assuming that a person doesn’t have any pre-existing filler in their lips, 0.5ml to 3ml of it should be enough to achieve the desired effect. 

Cheek Filler

“Chipmunk cheeks” and “pillow face” are a result of overfilling. The cheeks can look unnaturally swollen and puffed up if too much filler has been injected. To avoid that from happening, no more than 1-3ml of filler should be injected per cheek.  

Temple Filler

Temple fillers are also quite popular for smoothing the wrinkles around the eyes or adding volume to the area. However, when too much of it is injected, it can make a person look angry. 0.5ml to 3ml is the right amount of filler per temple. 

Tear Trough Fillers

The area between the lower eyelid and cheeks forms the tear trough. Many people get fillers there to get rid of the under-eye bags or make their eyes look less sunken. However, overfilled tear troughs can look perpetually swollen and even lumpy. For this area, 0.5ml to 1ml of filler should be used and no more. 

Nose Fillers

It is possible to make slight enhancements to the shape of the nose through fillers. However, for this, a minimum of 1 syringe should be used, which contains 1ml of filler. 

Chin and Jawline Filler

Those who have a “weak” chin or a less defined jawline can consider getting fillers to add more length and definition to their face. However, in order for it to look natural, only 2-3ml of filler should be used for the chin and jaw

Nasolabial Folds

The deep creases running from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth – nasolabial folds or smile lines – can be made less prominent through fillers. However, they can also go wrong if the amount of filler that’s used is incorrect. 0.5ml to 2ml of filler needs to be injected per side, but it can depend on the skin condition of the individual. 

Marionette Lines

Marionette lines extend from the corners of the mouth right down to the chin. These can make the mouth look downturned and sad, which is why many people turn to fillers. But if they’re overfilled, they can look unnaturally puffy and “thick.” It is recommended that no more than 0.5ml to 1ml of filler should be used for each side. 


Dermal fillers are a great way to rejuvenate the face and enhance any volume lost to ageing. It must, however, be used responsibly so that the facial symmetry is retained and the results look natural.

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