Dermal fillers are among the most popular cosmetic treatments, thanks to their low risk profile and dramatic results. Injected into wrinkles and areas where the skin’s natural volume has been lost due to the effects of aging, fillers can help women and men look younger without the need for surgery.
But like any type of cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers do come with a few risks. The most common risks associated with cosmetic fillers include redness, swelling and bruising around the injection site, effects that resolve soon afterward. But some patients may have an allergic reaction to the filler material, resulting in tiny bumps under the skin surface which may require surgery to remove. Some synthetic fillers may cause more serious disfigurement.
Rarely, the skin may develop a bluish tinge which can last for several months. This is known as the Tyndall effect, and treatments are available to correct it. In extremely rare instances, serious issues like skin cell death, nerve paralysis and blindness have occurred. Generally speaking, more serious risks are associated with fillers that last the longest.
If you’re considering dermal fillers, there are a couple of important things you can do to reduce these risks: First, make sure your doctor is experienced and skilled in the treatment you’re seeking. And second, make sure the filler that’s being used is the right one for the job. An experienced doctor understands the advantages of each type of filler and can recommend the one that’s best for your needs.