What are the risks associated with fillers?
Fortunately, there are few risks associated with dermal fillers. You should get in touch with your surgeon at the first sign of an abnormality or if you experience an unexpected side effect such as:
- Prolonged pain and swelling (could be a sign of infection or an allergic reaction)
- Swelling, bruising, or redness that does not dissipate after one week
- Acute pain near the injection site coupled with asymmetry, lasting more than seven to ten days after the procedure
- Nodules or bumps in or around injected areas or any uneven areas around the skin
One very rare but documented complication is an injury to your blood supply, which can happen if your injector injects filler into a blood vessel. This can result in necrosis (tissue death), vision abnormalities including blindness, or stroke.
If you go to an untrained, inexperienced individual who may be working out of a non-accredited facility, you significantly increase your risks and may put yourself in danger. You can help minimize filler injection risks by going to a board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon and following their advice and instructions before and after your treatment.
See Injectable Safety Guide