What are the Side-effects of Facial Fillers?

Picture the scene; you’ve wanted to have dermal or facial fillers for a while now, but remain concerned about the potential side-effects that may arise as a result of this treatment.

Given the misconceptions that surround non-surgical cosmetic treatment of this type, however, it may be worth forgetting everything that you think you know about facial fillers and learning about this this process from scratch.

In the post below, we’ll discuss the true side-effects of facial fillers, and precisely what you can expect post-treatment.

What are Dermal Fillers, and What Should you Expect Immediately?

In simple terms, dermal or facial fillers are a soft, injectable gel that consists of stabilised hyaluronic acid. This tissue-friendly substance is extremely similar to the strain that occurs naturally in the human body, which is why this type of treatment is relatively pain-free and categorised as completely safe.

In terms of function, these fillers can be applied to add volume and restore elasticity to your face, while also minimising wrinkles and the appearance of ageing.

Once the initial treatment, which usually lasts for around 30 minutes, has been completed, you may notice some redness or swelling around the injection site. This is perfectly normal, as is the onset of bruising in the same location.

This will usually last for no more than a couple of days, and if these symptoms do persist for long be sure to raise them with your practitioner during your two-weekly check-up.

Are There any Longer-term Side Effects to Consider?

The short answer is no, whether you consider facial fillers or similar treatments such as BOTOX® injections. In fact, the globally renowned BOTOX® treatment is currently used in more than 70 countries across the globe, and there is absolutely no evidence of any associated long-term safety concerns or side-effects.

The same can be said for facial fillers, which has little or no history of any product related reactions or side-effects (which is to be expected when dealing with a largely organic and naturally occurring substance).

So, aside from redness and slight swelling, the only negative effects that you may see are itching and tenderness at the injection site, but once again these should not last long and usually pass within 48 hours.

And Finally – The Importance of Dealing with Reputable Practitioners

Even in these instances, you can minimise the risk of incurring short-term side effects by selecting a reputable and accredited practitioner.

This type of individual will not use the fine needles required for applying facial fillers, but they’ll have also been trained in how to administer these injections in a safe and technically proficient manner.

This will certainly reduce the risk of bruising or swelling, leaving the injection site pain and irritation free almost as soon as the treatment is complete.

Remember, facial fillers are non-surgical and impermanent treatments, so even the full effects of your injections will wear off over time. The same principle can be applied to any small side-effects that you may experience, which is why facial fillers are among the safest and most common cosmetic procedures you could ever undergo.