Without a shadow of a doubt, the hyaluronic fillers have been the darling of the plastic surgery and beauty clinics for quite some time. From the relative simplicity of the procedure and highly satisfactory results to the fact that it is painless and comfortable, physicians and patients alike have only good things to say about these revolutionary dermal fillers. However, mind you that not all dermal filler are created equal, as you are about to find out.
5 unnecessary risks you are exposing yourself to in order save a few bucks
While it is correct that in general the side effects and risks associated with dermal fillers are rarely life-threatening, it is necessary to point out that they can appear very serious and will be visible if the procedure is not performed correctly. In order to avert post-intervention symptoms as well as complications you should work with a skilled professional who has plenty of experience in this field. Here is a compilation of risks you could be exposing yourself otherwise:
- Lumps, cysts, bumps and irregularities
In the eventuality that the dermal filler is injected very close to the surface of the skin, then the outcome will inevitable imply visible irregularities, lumps or bumps. Luckily, this error can be corrected by making a very small incision in the affected area to allow the filler to come out. A more viable alternative implies injecting a hyaluronidase solution to dissolve the dermal filler. Needless to point out that this type of intervention should only be performed by a professional as well, in order to avoid further damage.
- Severe inflammatory responses
In spite of the fact that the aforementioned complications are bothersome and noticeable, the really severe cases imply lumps and bumps formations deep into the layers of the skin. It is necessary to mention the fact that their cause is mostly related to improper injections or the utilization of an incorrect amount of fillers. Because they will determine recurrent inflammatory responses, the patient is highly advised to have them removed surgically or via steroid treatments.
- Allergic reactions
Granted, once the bovine collagen dermal fillers have been removed from the cosmetic practice, the number of allergic reactions associated with dermal fillers also dropped considerably. Nonetheless, even though certain fillers have been deemed safe, it is always a good idea to perform a skin test before the actual procedure. On a side note, some fillers contain sulfa drugs and integrate avian derivates, both of which are well-known for causing allergies in patients with sensitive skin.
- Cold sores breakouts
If you usually experience cold sores breakouts following a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, then there are high chances improperly injected dermal fillers could lead to another flare up. Fortunately, this issue can be easily addressed with an antiviral treatment, especially if you start it before the dermal filler procedure.
- Infections and tissue necrosis
While the four previous risks could be corrected and/or treated, it is necessary to mention that the infection due to an incorrect procedure is the most severe complication you could experience. Although an infection is treatable via antibiotics, it is important to note that it could also kill the skin cells and leave permanent black or red lesions on your face.