Dermal Filler Complications

How to avoid dermal filler complications

Are you considering having dermal filler treatments to regain your youthful looks? This non-invasive procedure has been performed for years and the techniques and materials used have come a long way since they were first developed. However, though there have been significant improvements, there are still a few complications that can arise both during and after treatment.

All cosmetic surgery procedures come with numerous risks – even the non-surgical ones like dermal fillers. There are a lot of things that can, and sometimes do, go wrong and it’s important for patients to be aware of the risks prior to undergoing the procedure.

Here we’ll look at some of the most common complications and whether they can be avoided.

What dermal filler complications can occur?

The good news is, there are very few risks associated with dermal filler injections. Advancements in the materials used and the techniques used, have lowered the number of risks significantly. The bad news however, is the complications which could occur are pretty serious.

The main complication which could develop is the filler could be injected into the surrounding blood vessels. If this occurs, at the least it could cause a blockage, stopping blood supply to nearby tissues. At the worst, the filler could travel throughout the body and cause serious health problems such as a stroke, blindness and the skin could start to die.

It sounds frightening, and it is. However, it is very rare to develop this type of complication. Most commonly, patients develop mild complications such as bruising and swelling, which typically clears up on its own.

Are dermal filler complications avoidable?

The majority of the time, dermal filler procedures are safe and extremely effective. Out of the thousands of treatments performed each year, very few patients experience complications; particularly serious ones. However, it is worth being aware of the potential ways you can avoid these complications.

Swelling and bruising are unfortunately to be expected to some degree. However, the surgeon will be able to advise you on your own specific risk factors and what you can do to limit the severity of the bruising.

If you want to avoid the risk of the filler being injected into the blood vessels on the other hand, the only thing you can do is ensure you’re choosing a reliable surgeon. You’ll find some salons offer dermal filler treatments these days, often at really low prices. Don’t be tempted by this as although they may have taken a short course on how to perform the procedure, they will not have the same level of experience and qualifications as a cosmetic surgeon.

Overall, your best chance of avoiding dermal filler complications is to be very careful about where you have them done. It’s essential to book a consultation and find out how many dermal filler injections the surgeon has performed and to ensure you’ll be in good hands.