Are Dermal Fillers Safe for Your Body?

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those looking to reduce the signs of aging without undergoing invasive procedures. However, there are risks associated with these treatments, and it is important to understand them before making a decision. One risk is that fillers purchased online may contain a variety of non-sterile substances, such as hair gel, which can cause allergic reactions, infections, and the death of skin cells when injected. Additionally, an improper injection technique can lead to swelling and lumping, as well as more serious side effects such as death of skin cells and embolism leading to blindness.

The FDA has issued an official warning urging consumers never to buy dermal fillers on the Internet. Dermal fillers can be composed of a variety of substances, some naturally occurring and others synthetic. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers have a low overall incidence of long-term side effects, but occasional adverse outcomes ranging from chronic lymphoplasmacytic inflammatory reactions to classic granulomatous foreign body-type reactions have been documented. Other available dermal fillers include those made from calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, and autologous fat (fat that is transplanted from another part of the body). As reported in clinical trials, the effects of most FDA-approved dermal fillers are temporary because they are made of materials that are eventually broken down and absorbed by the body. The most serious risk associated with dermal fillers is accidental injection into a blood vessel.

Because dermal filler injections can cause significant complications, it is important to be under the care of a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands the risks and is trained and prepared to deal with any complications that may occur. Injectable dermal fillers can fill thin lips, improve surface contours, smooth facial folds, remove wrinkles, and improve the appearance of scars. For those who want the convenience of a temporary filling, the marketed shelf life of these fillers in the short term is six to 12 months (depending on the filler used and the person's lifestyle).Dermal fillers may not be appropriate for people with certain conditions, such as bleeding disorders or certain allergies. People should be tested for allergy before receiving dermal fillers made from certain materials, especially animal-derived materials such as collagen.

It is important to find a doctor who is experienced in performing dermal filler procedures in order to ensure safety and optimal results. In conclusion, dermal fillers can be a safe and effective way to reduce the signs of aging when administered by an experienced professional. However, it is important to understand the risks associated with these treatments before making a decision.

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