Explanation of possible side effects of Dermal Fillers

Tens of thousands of Dermal Filler treatments are carried out around the world each year, with very few serious or lasting side effects. The side effects detailed below are not necessarily a list of what will happen to you. Different people react to Dermal Fillers in different ways.

You may experience all or none of these effects. However, all of the effects listed are temporary and will diminish with time.

Dermal Filler treatment involves injecting a very small amount of the substance under the surface of the skin, which has the effect of ‘plumping up’ the skin under wrinkles and therefore reduces their visibility.

  • As the treatment involves injections, you may experience some localised bruising, slight swelling or redness around the treated area. This will normally disappear within a few days.
  • If you have treatment around the lips, swelling may occur and can last for a few days.
  • If you are taking aspirin or similar medication, bruising and bleeding from the injection site may be increased.
  • Different types of Dermal Filler are produced from different sources – some from animals. If you have particular religious beliefs or dietary restrictions, discuss which type of material will be best for you with your practitioner.
  • Allergy to Dermal Fillers is extremely rare but can include: redness; itching; swelling and hardness or small bumps under the skin. These effects may last for weeks or months and sometimes in extreme cases, even longer.
  • On very rare occasions prolonged firmness, abscess formation or discolouration at the treatment site has been reported. These reactions can last for weeks or even months but normally resolve with time. Even more rarely, scabbing and shedding of tissue around the treatment site have been noted, which could result in a shallow scar.
  • You should not have treatment if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you have a history of cold sores, Dermal Filler treatment in the area may cause a recurrence. Your practitioner may prescribe a course of anti-viral tablets to reduce the likelihood of this happening.
  • As the Dermal Filler material is broken down by the body, the effect will lessen. You can choose to have the area ‘topped-up’ if you wish.

Aftercare after Dermal Fillers Treatment

  1. Avoid touching the treated area for 5-6 hours. After this time, when you wash the area, do so gently and pat it dry very softly with a soft towel.
  2. Do not rub the treated area for 48 hours. Keep pets away from the face and avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
  3. Do not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. solarium, sunbathing) or extreme cold until any swelling and redness have disappeared.
  4. When applying make-up or moisturiser, use dabbing motions instead of rubbing or spreading for the first day.
  1. If you have previously suffered from cold sores, the Dermal Filler treatment may cause a reoccurrence. If this happens, please contact your practitioner so that treatment can be provided.
  2. If you are using aspirin or similar medications, these may increase the amount of bruising experienced.
  3. Any procedures which could liberate bacteria into the bloodstream such as dental treatment or surgery, should be avoided for two weeks following treatment.
  4. Finally, treatment with Dermal Fillers is temporary and to maintain the effects, repeat applications will be required.
If you have any questions after your treatment we can be contacted on 01384 394880



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