Are fillers safe on your body?

One risk is that fillers purchased online may contain a variety of non-sterile substances, such as hair gel. When injected, these substances can cause allergic reactions, infections, and the death of skin cells. Another risk is that an improper injection technique can lead not only to swelling and lumping, but also to 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.

They can be false, contaminated or harmful. Individuals should discuss the provider's experience and training in dermal fillers and Botox before making a decision. Dermal fillers can be composed of a variety of substances, some naturally occurring and others synthetic. Although hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers have a low overall incidence of long-term side effects, 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. Involuntary injection into blood vessels 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). The safe use of dermal fillers in combination with Botox and other treatments has not been evaluated in clinical studies. But although the filler itself is considered safe for use, what about all those claims that the filler sticks years later? Dermal fillers may not be appropriate for people with certain conditions, such as bleeding disorders or certain allergies.

Injecting dermal fillers into the face and hands can improve the appearance of facial lines and volume loss caused by age or certain medical conditions. People should be tested for allergy before receiving dermal fillers made from certain materials, especially animal-derived materials, such as collagen. So where does this leave the smart consumer interested in non-invasive treatments to reduce the signs of aging? Finding the right doctor to perform the dermal filler procedure is key.

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