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Risks Associated with Injectable Fillers

The benefits for anyone who has received dermal fillers are quite evident and are displayed proudly on their beaming faces

Although filler products have improved dramatically over the past 15 years, it is necessary to talk about the risks.

Risks Associated with Injectable Fillers are minimal, however, we must be realistic and understand that there are potential risks associated with any facial cosmetic procedure

Common Side Effects

Some of the more common side effects that can occur immediately following injections are bruising or redness at the injection site. There is a possibility of swelling, slight tenderness, or pain as well. This is due to the soft tissue in the skin being disturbed and should not be considered anything serious. On occasion, itchiness where injected may occur for a few days. If anyone experiences these symptoms, they disappear after approximately one week. Any redness or swelling can easily be disguised with the use of make-up.

Some less common risks associated with dermal fillers that only occur in very rare cases are skin sores or eruptions where injected and bumps that form under the injection site. This is due to the filler not being absorbed back into the body, as is normally the case. Infection in the skin tissue and bleeding wounds where fillers were injected have also been reported. Allergic reaction to fillers has occurred in the past, but usually only with bovine collagen, which our doctors do not use and which is rarely offered on the Canadian market anymore.

Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have documented that the risks associated with injectable fillers are “uncommon” and vary depending on the type of filler used

Filler Migration

On rare occasions, the filler has been known to move to a location other than the site where it was injected. This is known as “migration” and was reported more often a few years ago when fillers were introduced into the facial cosmetic industry. Because of skin tissue reaction, leakage of the filler material through the skin has taken place with skin damage being reported. Persistent hard nodules that have formed at the injection site sometimes require surgery to be removed. Medical journals also document anaphylactic shock, which is a severe allergic reaction and has necessitated emergency procedures.

These infrequent, rare occurrences have the ability to produce fear in anyone considering the procedure. This is why it is essential to choose not only a certified, experienced professional to administer the injections, but also an approved facility. The plastic surgery and cosmetic centre in downtown Toronto has achieved the highest ranking possible for any privately-run Ontario clinic. Their commitment to safety and cleanliness is unprecedented. Our doctors not only performs injections, but are acknowledged internationally as an instructor and expert on the art of injection.

By booking a consultation with one of our doctors, you will be able to put your mind at ease by asking questions and making sure you are informed. Before and after photos of previous satisfied injectable filler customers can be viewed. Knowledge is power, and after a thorough discussion with the surgeon, you will be able to determine if the dramatic results that can be achieved outweigh the possibility of uncommon risks.

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