The Risks Associated with Injectable Dermal Fillers


The benefits for those that have received dermal filler injections are quite evident by their proudly beaming faces. Although over the past 15-years filler products and variety have improved drastically it is necessary to discuss the risks. Risks associated with quality dermal fillers done by a professional cosmetic doctor are minimal. However, you have to be realistic and understand as with just about anything there are potential risks with any facial cosmetic procedure or product.



Common Side Effects


Redness and bruising at the injection sites are some of the most common potential side effects that can occur post procedure. There is also possible swelling, slight tenderness and pain as well. This is caused by the soft tissue of the skin being disturbed during the injection process and should not be considered anything too serious generally. Sometimes itchiness may occur around injection sites for a few days. If you experience these kinds of symptoms, they disappear typically around a week after treatments. If you do have redness or some mild swelling you can mask it usually with makeup until it resolves.


Less common risks with using dermal fillers that can occur in very rare cases are eruptions at injection sites, bumps that form under the injection site or skin sores. These possible risks are caused by the filler not being absorbed and metabolized by the body as it usually occurs. Bleeding wounds or infections of skin tissue where fillers were injected on occasion are reported. Allergic reactions to fillers have occurred as well but often only when using bovine sourced collagen which our doctors do not use and which is rarely offered on the Australian market anymore.


Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have documented that the risks associated with injectable fillers are “uncommon” and vary depending on the type of filler used.


Filler Migration


On some rare occasions, the filler may move to a location that was not the original point of injection. This is called as you likely expected “migration” and was reported more often in previous years when filler was first introduced into the cosmetic facial industry. Due to a skin tissue reaction sometimes occurring a leaking of the filler material through the skin can take place with potential for skin damage. At time hard nodules have formed at injection sites that will sometimes require surgical intervention to have removed. Medical journals have also documented anaphylactic shock which is a rather severe allergic reaction that will require necessary emergency procedures.


While infrequent, rare more extreme side effects or reactions can produce fear in anyone considering having a procedure. This is why it is so important to only visit certified, skilled and professional cosmetic doctors and well-run clinics and have them do the procedure. At Skin Club Cosmetic Doctors in Melbourne, our commitment to not only using the best quality products and staff with no compromises when it comes to hygiene and cleanliness makes us a great option in this regard. By booking a consultation with one of our doctors, we will be able to put your mind at ease by not just making sure you are well informed but allow you to ask any questions you may have. We have a large amount of before and after photos available for viewing to show our the quality outcomes we acheive for our patients. After a thorough discussion with the cosmetic doctor, you will be able to make an informed and clear choice on how you would like to proceed if you choose to do so. Knowledge matters especially when it comes to cosmetic procedures and when you have a well-informed understanding of the situation and what’s involved you can determine with comfort if the dramatic results that can be acheived outweigh the possible uncommon risks.

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