Benefits and Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injections formulated to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. Usually, dermal fillers are injected into the areas around your eyes, nose, and mouth. This standard cosmetic procedure shows results immediately and can last for months or even years.

Patients decide to get dermal fillers to improve their facial features or look younger. This non-surgical procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes, and there is minimal downtime afterwards.

There are multiple types of dermal fillers available. Your healthcare provider will review your options with you and help you choose the best option for your needs. As is the case with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks involved, such as infection or bleeding.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Your body starts to lose collagen as you age. Decreased amounts of collagen cause skin laxity and loss of volume. The skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity, and starts to sag.

Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Smooth out wrinkles
  • Plump up sagging skin
  • Make your facial features more symmetrical
  • Add volume to lips and cheeks

Many people see results from dermal fillers immediately. Injections usually take less than one hour and can be done right in your healthcare provider’s office. Because it is a non-surgical treatment, recovery time is minimal.

Dermal fillers can last for an extensive amount of time, with some types even lasting for over two years. They are generally more affordable than opting for surgery.

Potential Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

Some side effects are only temporary and not severe, but there is always a risk with any cosmetic surgery. These risks include:

  • Scars from damage to your skin
  • An uneven appearance
  • Bleeding, redness, pain, bruising, or swelling
  • Infection, which could lead to necrosis in extreme cases
  • Numbness in the area operated on
  • Lumps or bumps under the skin

If you experience any vision problems, weakness, discomfort or pain on one side of your body following dermal filler injections, seek immediate medical help.

Dermal fillers are a great way to increase your confidence, but as with any medical procedure, some risks are involved. If you experience any bleeding or pain after getting dermal fillers, call your healthcare provider immediately. Also, watch for signs of infection, such as fever, redness, and swelling at the injection site. And finally, be aware of symptoms of an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (dyspnea).