How Safe are Injectable Dermal Fillers?

How Safe are Injectable Dermal Fillers

Injectable dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments globally. From 2010 to 2022, the number of people who have had the treatment more than doubled – going from 1.8 million to almost 4 million in 2019, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you are thinking of getting the treatment, are you absolutely sure that it is safe?

This post discusses the safety aspects of injectable dermal fillers. We will cover the reasons why dermal fillers are generally considered safe and address their potential risks. We will also examine how to increase the treatment’s efficacy and safety.

Why are Dermal Fillers Considered Safe?

Dermal fillers are considered generally safe by the cosmetic community at large. There are several reasons why dermal fillers are safe.

  • Dermal fillers are minimally invasive
  • Dermal fillers don’t cause health problems
  • Dermal fillers use naturally-occurring substances

There are more reasons why dermal fillers are safe. But for this post, let’s focus on these three.

Dermal Fillers are Minimally Invasive

Minimally invasive procedures are generally safer than surgical treatments. Minimally invasive treatments don’t cut your skin too much to achieve their purpose. On the other hand, surgical treatments often cut the skin plus part of the muscles underneath.

Dermal fillers don’t make any incisions on the skin. The tiny end of a syringe is all that is needed to finish the treatment. The treatment will not leave scars and will not negatively affect the look of your skin.

Dermal Fillers Don’t Cause Health Problems.

Surgical treatments pose the risk of infection. When surgical treatments cut the skin, germs and bacteria can enter the skin and cause health problems. Because injectable dermal fillers don’t require skin incisions, they don’t pose any risk of infection.

Sure, the treatment may cause some side effects. But these side effects are often minor and only temporary. They will dissipate on their own and do not need any medical attention.

Dermal Fillers Use a Naturally-Occurring Substance

Another reason why dermal fillers are safe is that they use a naturally-occurring substance as their primary ingredient. The dermal fillers we use at Kora Aesthetics use hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a compound the body naturally produces to lure and keep moisture.

When injected under the skin, hyaluronic acid will attract moisture and keep it in that localized area. The plumpiness, volume, and reduced wrinkles that dermal fillers offer are due to the higher concentration of water in the region where it is injected. In short, dermal fillers achieve their effects through natural means.

Safety Concerns of Which You Should Be Aware

Even though dermal fillers are generally considered safe, they have risks of which you should be aware. These safety concerns include the minor side effects that the treatment has. However, dermal fillers may also cause more severe complications.

Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

The natural and minor side effects of dermal fillers include the following:

  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness

These side effects will dissipate within hours to days after the injections. They are manageable and are no cause for great concern.

The more severe side effects of dermal fillers include:

  • Acne-like eruptions
  • Bleeding
  • Palpability of the filler under the skin
  • Skin rashes
  • Lumps

These side effects are rarer, but they will also fade.

Another potential side effect of dermal fillers is an allergic reaction. However, allergic reactions to the product are sporadic since it uses naturally-occurring ingredients. A consultation with a professional is crucial to avoid allergy complications.

Injector-Induced Side Effects

Working with a sub-par injector can lead to complications that will be a tremendous headache for you. These complications are:

Asymmetry happens when the injector inserts unequal amounts of filler in a region. When injecting dermal fillers, the provider injects small amounts of filler in a small site in a grid. When the injections are not equal, the result is an asymmetrical appearance.

Under or over-correction of wrinkles may result if the provider miscalculates the amount of filler you need to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This mistake is amendable with further injections with a more proficient injector.

Damage to the skin is possible if the provider makes mistakes while performing the procedure. The damage might result in a wound or possible scarring. Furthermore, the damage may also lead to infection.

Skin necrosis is ulceration or loss of skin due to the disruption of blood flow to a particular area. Skin necrosis may happen after a dermal filler injection if the injector accidentally inserts filler into your blood vessels instead of just under the skin. The blood flow disruption can cause many things, including blindness if the damage occurs near the eyes.

Are the Effects of Dermal Fillers Reversible?

If you encounter any injector-induced side effects of dermal fillers, you would be glad to know that their effects are reversible. If the results are asymmetrical, under or over-correction of wrinkles, or if skin necrosis is imminent due to the fillers being injected into the blood vessels, you can remove the fillers. You can opt to remove the fillers partially or utterly to help remedy their damage.

Being reversible is one of the reasons why dermal fillers are safe. Medical professionals can treat severe complications caused by dermal fillers by removing said fillers.

Safely Augment the Results of Dermal Fillers

There are ways to enhance the effects of dermal fillers without risks. At Kora Aesthetics, we offer medical-grade skin care products that will make your skin healthier and more resilient to aesthetic procedures. We believe that healthy skin is the foundation of aging gracefully. Our medical-grade skin care services will help you get the best results from treatments such as dermal fillers.

Get the Best Dermal Filler Treatment

Get the best dermal fillers by reaching out to Kora Aesthetics today. You can contact us by phone at (480) 630-7566, by email at, or by submitting a message through our contact form. Our office is 7077 E Bell Road, Suite 200, Suite 404, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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