The Risks and Side Effects of Derma Fillers

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As we age, the face loses its natural volume. The overall effect of volume loss is aged, wrinkled skin. Derma fillers are a type of non-surgical cosmetic procedure that “fills out” the deep wrinkles of the skin. And implant is injected directly under the skin to add volume to the chin or cheeks to restore youthfulness, skin fullness and correct minor facial deformities. Fillers can be used to plump up thin lips as well as smooth out the hollows of the under eyes.

Types of Derma Fillers

There are two types of dermal fillers: temporary and permanent fillers.

Temporary fillers – which include Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, Collagen Fillers, Calcium Hydroxylapatite and Collagen Stimulators – provide temporary results because the fillers can be absorbed by the body. Permanent fillers – which are made from a combination of bovine collagen and polymer beads – provide longer lasting, permanent result.

Derma filler is one of the safest non-surgical cosmetic procedures, but it’s not 100% risk-free. And in today’s post, we are listing down the dangers and potential side effects of both temporary and permanent derma fillers:

Infection and Bruising

There’s always a possibility of an infection on the injection site following a derma filler treatment. This can be avoided by disinfecting the recovering skin under your cosmetic surgeon’s advice and instructions.

Bruising is normal because a needle pierced through sensitive parts of the face. As long as everything is in order, the bruises should fade within a week.

Allergic Reaction

Although rare, allergic reaction may occur particularly for people who got the permanent filler. If you sustained prolonged redness, itching, or inflammation on the injection site, go to your practitioner immediately and seek treatment.

Unsightly Bumps and Lumps

Unsightly bumps and lumps occur when the practitioner injected fillers on the wrong point or the filler was injected too superficially under the skin that it’s visible to the naked eye. If you got temporary fillers and you sustained bumps, you’ll have no choice but to wait until the body absorbs the filler to even out the bumpy appearance of the skin. If you got permanent fillers, the effect will be permanent. This is why it’s extremely important to check the credentials of your practitioner to prevent any accidents.


There are cases wherein patients overdid the derma fillers. This should be no problem if you got temporary fillers. But for those who got permanent fillers, corrective surgery is needed to reverse the effects of the fillers. Also, the correction will be a painful, lengthy process. Why? It will take several surgeries to correct a botched up derma filler.

Filler-Induced Blindness

This is a serious side effect of derma filler. Although rare, there are cases wherein patient lost their sight because of accidental injection of dermal filler in the sclera. This can lead to irreversible, sudden blindness. Some health experts compare derma filler-induced blindness to Central Retinal Artery Occlusion or CRAO.

CRAO occurs when a thromboembolism is embedded into the retinal artery, causing ischaemia of the retina and a sudden painless loss of vision. Filler-induced blindness is common to those who got hyaluronic acid fillers.

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