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Are Fillers Good or Bad for You? Its Risks and Aftercare


Dermal fillers address multiple concerns in terms of beauty and aesthetics. These fillers can even be used in conjunction with other popular and effective procedures like Botox for the sake of a longer-lasting result. 

Overall, fillers can restore cheek volumes that are lost; plump up back to life those thin or wrinkled lips; smoothen that old, wrinkly upper lip; soften down rough facial creases like nasolabial folds and marionette lines; contour to shape the chin and jawline; lift those downturned corners of the mouth, and; fill through recessed scars.

Based on the last portion, there are endless possibilities for how and where you can use the magic of fillers. But the million-dollar question remains: are fillers good or bad for you? Let’s answer this question later as we also take a closer look at fillers, their risks, and aftercare.

Fillers: What are they?

Dermal fillers, or just fillers, are injectables that help diminish unwanted facial lines and restore desirable volume and great fullness back in the face. As we get older and age, our faces naturally lose a substance called subcutaneous fat. This incident triggers the facial muscles to begin working closer to the skin surface; hence, smile lines and crow’s feet also start to appear and become more apparent. Our facial skin also stretches quite a bit, in addition to the loss of facial volume mentioned earlier. Other factors affecting our facial skin include exposure to the sun, heredity, genes, and lifestyle changes.

Dermal fillers can become a helping hand in alleviating those early signs of aging or as a significant value-added part concerning surgeries for facial rejuvenation. Fillers can also:

  • Decrease or remove lower lid shadows
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Improve recessed scars appearance
  • Plump thin lips
  • Reconstruct deformities in the face’s contours
  • Soften creases and wrinkles on the face

On the other hand, fillers can’t do the following:

  • Surgery for some patients
  • although facelifts, brow lifts, or eyelifts may be the best alternatives.
  • Minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments like soft tissue fillers
  • cannot have the same results but may delay the time in considering if a facelift is appropriate.

Important note: Dermal fillers are considered temporary treatments against facial aging. You may still need ongoing treatments to achieve long-term results.

Fillers: Risks and Safety

Using fillers can be a highly personal decision. The struggle in deciding is real – whether this facial treatment benefits you more towards achieving your personal goals or if the risks and possible complications involved are tolerable enough and acceptable in the long run.

Any risks, in particular, all of them, will be explained by your plastic surgeon or provider. Doctors will give a consent form to you. Please read it thoroughly to fully understand the upcoming procedure and the potential risks and complications involved. Once you’re decided, seal the deal with your signature.

Although uncommon, there are still severe complications one can potentially get from having dermal fillers. Potential risks can vary; depending on the specifics of the filler used, and the substance of the filler, and its relative permanence. These common risks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Acne-like eruptions of the skin
  • Asymmetry
  • Bleeding from the site of injection
  • Bruising
  • Filler palpability under the skin’s surface
  • Infection at the site of injection
  • Lumps
  • Skin damage resulting in a wound and potential scarring
  • Skin necrosis, the skin’s ulceration or loss from blood flow disruption
  • Skin rash accompanied by itching
  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Under- or over-correction of wrinkles

In some instances, fillers are accidentally injected into the blood vessels instead of under the skin. This incident can block blood flow. However, what happens after the blood flow gets blocked will vary depending on where the block occurred. There might be potential skin loss or wounds when the skin gets affected. If it’s your eye that gets involved, you might lose your eyesight for a while or go blind. Nevertheless, your doctor or provider will thoroughly discuss these risks and other important matters before getting your consent.

Make sure to address all your questions immediately with your plastic surgeon, including any complications that require urgent care, because this part is crucial. Even though this procedure usually produces good results, there is still no guarantee that satisfaction will be yours after seeing the results. Significant complications can still occur from using dermal filler injections, so it is essential to ensure that only a board-certified plastic surgeon understands all the risks and is fully trained and prepared enough to handle any complications.

More often than not, it may be impossible to achieve optimal results after one procedure. Remember that most fillers dissipate over time. For correction maintenance, it may be required to consider repeating the process at specific intervals.

Fillers: Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery time varies for every patient and each filler type injected. Resume most of your activities immediately; however, it is generally suggested to avoid strenuous physical activities as much as possible for the next 24-48 hours. This avoidance greatly minimizes any possibilities of swelling and bruising. Make sure you discuss this specific recovery plan with your physician before even scheduling your injections.

Initial appearances after your treatment of any dermal filler may include:

  • Hypersensitivity reaction likened to an allergic reaction with hives and swelling
  • Mild to severe swelling or bruising
  • Palpable lumps or complex areas at the sites of injection
  • Temporary numbness or redness
  • Treated areas that appear “overfilled.”

Most of these given conditions can be relieved using topical icing and massage, improving after a few hours or a couple of days. Some reactions can be more severe and require more aggressive treatment aided by medications or injections.

Although uncommon, the possibility of visual disturbances may occur. If this incident gets accompanied by either pain or weakness on one side of your body, it is imperative to contact your surgeon immediately to receive care.

In cases where your fat is used as the filler injected, the healing process may be longer and may take a couple of weeks. Ask your doctor or provider to know more information about fat injections.

Fillers: Final Thoughts

Fillers are the revolution of enhanced beauty. Whether good or bad, remember to use it wisely to lessen any potential complications along the way. Everyone deserves to be beautiful on their terms and rights, but beauty is nothing if it is at the expense of your own life. So, it pays to be knowledgeable, especially when fillers are involved.

Are you excited to know what fillers can do for you? We got you covered. Our fantastic friends from Skin Deep Facial Aesthetics will care for you and all your concerns. Visit them today!

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