‘Are dermal fillers safe?’ is one of the most common questions that practitioners get. As dermal fillers continue to rise in popularity, more and more people are wondering how safe dermal fillers are and what the dangers are, if any. Continue reading to find out more about dermal filler dos and don’ts.
What are the dangers of dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers themselves are generally considered a safe treatment. However, the lack of regulations around who can administer dermal fillers is one of the biggest dangers. When dermal fillers are done by an experienced and suitably qualified practitioner, they are safe.
This is why we advise doing your research on practitioners and avoid practitioners that have only completed a short training course. Try to find a medical professional that has good reviews and lots of evidence/examples of their work.
You should also book a consultation before you have the procedure. At your consultation, this is your chance to ask questions. You could ask about the practitioner’s experience and qualifications, you can also ask what dermal filler will be used, any risks and side effects. During the consultation, the practitioner should also inform you of aftercare steps, and what to look out for in terms of risks and side effects.
Are dermal fillers safe?
Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which is perfectly safe for use within the skin because it is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Hyaluronic acid is essential for skin laxity, volume, and plumpness. HA is broken down in the body and more will be produced. However, as we age, we produce less HA, which can be the reason for ageing and sagging skin.
The procedure is relatively safe, too, as long as it is done by an experienced practitioner that is qualified. Be sure to do your research on practitioners, before booking any treatment.
Are dermal fillers permanent?
Dermal fillers are not permanent. They are temporary, and the results can be maintained or adjusted. Dermal fillers will also dissolve gradually overtime, as hyaluronic acid is biodegradable. This may lead to people getting repeat appointments, so that the effects don’t wear off completely.
Similarly, if you are unhappy with the results, you don’t have to wait for the HA to break down. Dermal fillers are easily dissolved using another safe injection. Fillers can be dissolved using hyaluronidase, which can break down hyaluronic acid.
Are there side effects to filler?
There are some side effects with dermal filler treatment, which includes some swelling, redness and bruising at the injection site, but these are normal. They should reduce within a few days. You can follow our dermal filler aftercare tips here.
There are small risks of local infection and other complications, but these are rare. Your practitioner should take you through all potential risks and side effects, as well as pre- and post-treatment steps to ensure that your treatment is safe.