Infections related to dermal fillers are very rare, but they can still occur. Every time a needle is injected into the skin, there is a small risk of infection, even with the best sterile technique. Infection may happen immediately or a few weeks after the injection. The incidence of complications with hyaluronic dermal fillers has been incredibly low, however, newer fillers have been introduced that have a higher risk profile. If you suspect you may have a filler infection, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms.
The most common symptom is redness and swelling at the injection site. This may be accompanied by pain, tenderness, and warmth in the area. You may also experience fever, chills, and general malaise. In more severe cases, abscess formation and spread of infection may occur. Infected skin biofilm may also appear.
This is a thin layer of bacteria that forms on the skin and can cause irritation and inflammation. It is important to seek medical attention if you notice any of these signs or symptoms as they can indicate an infection. If you do have an infection, it is usually a superficial type cellulitis that affects the soft tissues and skin near the injection site. These are fairly easy to treat with an oral antibiotic. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions for treatment to ensure that the infection does not spread or worsen.