Are Dermal Fillers Safe?
As we age, the amount of collagen in our bodies starts to reduce and the lines and furrows on our skin and face can start to become more prominent, with many of us also noticing a loss in facial volume.
It’s these visible signs of aging that inspire many to seek out cosmetic treatment options like dermal fillers as a fast and effective way to breathe some new life into a tired looking face.
While dermal fillers are often heralded as a great treatment option to refresh and rejuvenate you skin and face, if you’ve never had dermal filler treatments before, you may be wondering if it’s going to be a safe way to achieve the desired result. To put your mind at ease, here’s an overview of how dermal fillers work and the risks associated with the treatment.
How dermal fillers work
There are three main types of dermal filler treatments—facial and lip fillers which can be used to alter the shape of your face, and skin boosting dermal fillers which are designed to hydrate and firm your skin. Newer fillers are used to increase volume , for example in cheeks.
Once injected, the ingredients in the fillers bind with the water in your skin to restore elasticity and fullness, enhance the contours of your face and take control of lines and wrinkles.
Facial fillers are commonly used on the lips to accentuate the lip line,
create a more defined cupids bow (the double curve of the upper lip) or create fuller more luscious lips. Facial dermal fillers can also be used as a non-surgical method to correct minor defects in the shape of the nose and other areas.
Risks associated with dermal filler treatments
There will always be some level of risk you assume (even if only minimal) when you undergo cosmetic treatment, so it’s important you’re well informed of any potential side-effects and how you can minimise them before you commit to a procedure.
When considering the range of treatment options to treat fine lines and wrinkles, because dermal fillers are a non-surgical treatment option they generally pose a lower risk of complications compared to surgical alternatives.
While the level of risk associated with the treatment will vary according to the individual patient’s circumstances, dermal fillers can cause some minor side-effects including bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness or itching. These side-effects can generally be minimised by avoiding exposure to extreme heat, keeping the treatment area clean and avoiding touching or rubbing the treatment area.
The more significant, but very rare, side-effects of the treatment could include temporary skin discolouration, bacterial or viral infection, ulceration of the skin, or lumps forming underneath the surface of the skin. In this case, your physician should advise on the most appropriate treatment options if needed.
Fortunately , allergic reactions are very rare. It’s important that you tell your doctor if you are taking any medications, as some medications could increase the risk of complications.
The type of filler being used can also affect the level of risk posed to the patient. Generally, fillers that are found naturally in the body like hyaluronic acid, collagen or autologous fat are less likely to cause a significant reaction than a synthetic/non-natural filler.
Ultimately, the best way to ensure your dermal filler treatment is performed in the safest possible manner is to select an experienced and reputable clinic that will ensure you’re fully informed about the procedure and any associated risks.
When you choose ME Clinic, you can benefit from our more than 25 years’ experience performing dermal and lip filler treatments. With a highly skilled and experienced team of physicians and an unparalleled safety and patient satisfaction record, you know you’ll be receiving the best possible care to ensure a safe and effective procedure.