Dermal Filler injections make one of the most popular and the most effective anti-aging treatments being used by the cosmetic surgeons across the world. These soft tissue fillers are used to enhance your cosmetic appearance by reducing or eliminating facial creases and folds, plumping up sagging cheeks and thinning lips, enhancing facial contours and elevating scar depressions.

Every treatment, cosmetic and non-cosmetic, has some side effects associated with it and so is the case of dermal fillers. There are some moderate as well as serious side effects caused by these soft tissue fillers. But before discussing the Dermal Fillers risks and complications, let’s have a look at what Dermal Fillers are and how do they work.

What are dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are prescribed non-invasive used to smooth the complexion and plump up your facial skin by filling in fine lines and wrinkles. These fillers will instantly add volume to the treated area, and results will last for up to 6 months.

How Dermal Fillers work?

Using a fine sterilized needle, the filler is injected under the dermis to fill the soft tissue. These fillers then add volume to the face and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These FDA approved injectables are specially designed to give your skin a soft texture that appears more natural.

Dermal Fillers Risks and Complications:

Risks associated with Dermal Fillers can be divided into three main categories:

  • Asymmetrical appearance
  • Allergic reactions, and
  • Infection risks

Asymmetrical Appearance

One of the potential side effects of Dermal Fillers is that the treated area may have an uneven appearance after the treatment. The treated area may have lumps in certain areas while other portions may have an even and smooth appearance. This asymmetry will give your face a look that is aesthetically not so pleasant, or in other words, the treatment may actually worsen your cosmetic appearance instead of enhancing it.

Allergic Reaction

As you know Dermal Fillers are foreign substances injected into underneath your facial skin to eliminate wrinkles, add volume or to enhance your facial contours. So no clinic or dermatologist can give you a hundred percent guarantee that these fillers will be safe and will not react with your skin tissues. So there is always a chance for an allergic reaction to happen. If a dermal filler causes allergic reaction, you may experience symptoms like swelling, bruising, itching and/or redness at or around the injection site.

Infection Risks

When you receive a Dermal Filler injected into your body, the potential for infection is particularly high. Since the fillers are injected into the areas with muscles that move frequently, there is a possibility that the constant movement may delay the healing process, leading to an infection at the injection site. Once you have disturbed the normal healing process and have an infection, you become susceptible to a slew of other potential side effects. For example, bleeding may start from the injection site or a clearly visible scar tissue may develop around the injection site, increasing your chances of developing permanent scarring.

Is it safe to inject dermal fillers under eye?

The U.S Food and Drug Association has not approved instant dermal fillers for treating the wrinkles around the eyes – crow’s feet and frown lines – though they can be used to treat dark circles and under-eye bags.

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