For patients who want to avoid surgery for facial rejuvenation, dermal filler injections have emerged as a popular treatment of choice. These facial filler injections can be performed in an office setting without the need for general anesthesia. The procedure avoids all the risks and complications that are typically associated with a surgery.
But the patient should be aware of certain types of side effects and complications that may occur in rare cases with medical spa dermal filler injections.
A responsible and cordial dermatologist will educate the patient of these potential risks during the initial consultation. Dr. Gregg Reger of Reger Vein and Skin Specialists provides dermal filler treatments to patients in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and other locations and cities in this part of the country.
Some of the most sought-after cosmetic filler injections today are based on hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a biocompatible compound. HA occurs naturally in the body and provides support to the skin structure from within. Various FDA approved fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero Balance and Voluma have HA as their active ingredient.
HA based fillers do not require any prior skin allergy tests. However, fillers that include animal extracts such as bovine collagen will require the patient to undergo an allergy test before these injections can be administered.
More intensive and sustainable dermal fillers such as Radiesse, which includes calcium compound microspheres, and Scultpra Aesthetic, which is based on poly-L-lactic acid, are also considered very safe fillers. Unless the patient has a history of skin allergies, the medical spa treatment provider will not order an allergy test before administering these fillers.
Signs of Abnormal Side Effects
The treatment provider will inform the patient about any post-operative abnormal signs or reactions so that they can promptly seek medical attention. Such side effects will occur rarely, but the patient should remain alert in the first few days following the treatment for these signs:
- No respite from swelling, bruising and redness even after a week. This could indicate an infection or an allergic reaction.
- Persistent pain even after a week or 10 days.
- Asymmetry does not resolve in two weeks.
- Appearance of nodules or bumps in and around the injection areas.
The patient should be committed to following the post-treatment care instructions given by the dermatologist in order to minimize the risk of complications.
How to Reduce the Risk
As a starting point, the patient should choose a qualified dermatologist with state of the art medical spa facilities to administer dermal filler injections. The provider must recommend the most appropriate filler injection for the patient’s unique facial rejuvenation needs, and administer the gel in precise volumes and right locations. Smooth consistency fillers should be chosen for sensitive areas such as under the eyes.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid dermal filler injections. If the patient is a smoker, they must refrain from smoking for a few days prior to the filler treatment. Blood thinning medications should also be avoided for a few days. Dr. Reger receives patients from Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and other towns and suburbs in the most supreme state in the union for dermal filler injections.
During a consultation at Reger Vein and Skin Specialists with Gregg Reger MD in The Woodlands, our team will be happy to explain more in detail what procedures and treatments would be the best fit for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more 832-585-0090! Serving patients in The Woodlands, Spring, Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.