Dermal Fillers

The Risks of Using Dermal Fillers- Things You Should Know About

The use of dermal or cosmetic fillers is perhaps the most effective yet non-invasive way of getting the facial features you desire. Dermal fillers provide a simpler and cost-effective alternative to surgical methods that are more risky, costly, and associated with higher risks of side effects and complications.

But that does not mean that the use of dermal fillers is without side effects.


The procedure is pretty safe in the hand of an experienced practitioner, but in the hand of someone who is not experienced enough, the whole thing could turn into a nightmare.

Therefore, it is important that you know the risks and safety issues associated with the use of dermal fillers and choose a seasoned practitioner.

The most common safety issues reported following the use of dermal fillers include:

Vascular Issues

It is important that the practitioner knows the anatomy of the area he is going to inject the filler material into pretty well. That’s because the filler material is supposed to make its way into the connective tissue where it could add volume to the area injected. However, if not injected properly or if the practitioner does not know the anatomy well, he may mistakenly inject the material into a vein or an artery.

The results can be pretty serious. When a foreign material is injected into an artery or a vein, it clots and forms an ‘embolus’. Two things can occur when an embolus forms. One, it can block the local supply of blood and can lead to the death of the tissues. Second, the embolus may dislodge and may travel along with the blood into several other locations.

These problems can cause serious side effects when the filler material is injected into the areas surrounding the nose and underneath the eyes because these areas are particularly rich in blood vessels.

Allergic Reactions

It is not uncommon for someone to develop allergic reactions following the administration of dermal fillers. Most dermal fillers use chemically inert materials that are derived from your own body (like fat), but you might still be allergic to the constituents of the filler material.

The signs of allergy may include:

  • Eruption on the skin
  • Acne-like bumps
  • Redness of the skin
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Signs of bruising
  • Skin rash

It is, therefore, important that you talk to your practitioner about the suitability of the dermal filler being used in your case. Ideally, you should get a small amount of the material injected first to see how your body responds to it before going for the whole procedure.


Maintaining a sterile environment throughout the procedure is extremely important. As your skin is being punctured to inject the filler material, it is important that the whole procedure takes place under strict aseptic measures.

You and the practitioner should ensure that the target area is thoroughly cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Also, the instruments and materials used should be disposable or their sterilization should be ensured before the procedure is done. Most importantly, the filler material used should be sterile.

In case you develop an infection of the skin or the tissues in which the filler material is injected, you should contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.


It is important that you acquire the services of someone who has experience in the industry. If the practitioner is not experienced enough, he may over or under-inject the filler material on one side of your face. This will give you a facial asymmetry, which can be a huge letdown.

To conclude, the use of dermal fillers for enhancing your facial features is a safe and effective procedure. However, you should keep in mind the above-mentioned risks and side effects before going under the syringe.

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