At House of Beauty, we strongly believe in full transparency about the treatments we offer. As part of our comprehensive guide to dermal fillers, we are dedicated to providing you with an unbiased and complete overview of dermal filler risks and side effects. Our expert injector, Anna, values informed discussions with each client to ensure you understand the potential outcomes before proceeding with any procedure.
Just like any cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers, while proven safe and effective for most, do carry certain risks. It’s essential to be aware of these complications and discuss them in detail with our professional team during your consultation.
Common Side Effects and Risks
Immediately after the dermal filler procedure, it’s common to experience some temporary side effects. These include redness, swelling, pain, bruising, itching, and tenderness at the injection site. These are usually mild and subside within a week. Please visit our page on what to expect after treatment to get a clearer picture of what to expect post-procedure.
In rare cases, more serious complications may occur, such as infection, allergic reactions, lumps, or unevenness. In very rare situations, there might be a risk of vascular occlusion, a blockage in a blood vessel, which needs immediate medical attention.
Vascular Occlusion and Dermal Fillers
Vascular occlusion is a rare but serious potential complication of dermal filler treatments. It occurs when the filler accidentally enters a blood vessel during the injection process and subsequently blocks the vessel.
The blocked blood vessel can disrupt the normal blood flow, depriving the nearby tissues of essential oxygen and nutrients. If not addressed promptly, vascular occlusion can lead to skin necrosis (death of skin cells) or, in extreme cases, vision abnormalities or blindness if the occlusion occurs in the facial areas near the eyes.
Symptoms of Vascular Occlusion
Early detection of vascular occlusion is key to preventing lasting damage. Symptoms can vary depending on the area treated but may include:
- Immediate, intense pain at the injection site
- Skin appearing white, blotchy, or taking on a dusky, purplish hue due to lack of blood flow
- In severe cases, visual disturbances if the occlusion happens near the eye region
If any of these symptoms are experienced after a dermal filler treatment, immediate medical attention is required.
How We Mitigate Risks at House of Beauty
At House of Beauty in Camberley, we prioritise safety above all else and we take all necessary precautions to mitigate these risks. Our senior injector, Anna, has received extensive training in proper injection techniques to minimise the risk of vascular occlusion. This includes aspirating (pulling back the plunger of the syringe before injecting) to check if a blood vessel has been entered, injecting slowly with minimal pressure, and using the smallest amount of product necessary to achieve the desired results.
Furthermore, we always monitor our clients closely after the treatment to detect any immediate signs of vascular occlusion. In the unlikely event of vascular occlusion, Anna is trained to manage the situation promptly and efficiently, reducing the potential for any lasting harm.
Your Role in Managing Risks
As a client, your role in managing these risks is crucial. Following our aftercare advice, such as avoiding strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and not touching the treated area for 6 hours after the treatment, can drastically reduce the risk of complications.
Also, honesty about your medical history, current medications, and any allergies is essential for a safe and effective treatment. You can learn more about how to prepare for your dermal filler treatment here.
However, it’s important to remember that these risks are minimal when dermal fillers are administered by an experienced and well-trained professional like Anna. She, along with the entire team at House of Beauty, is committed to providing safe and effective cosmetic treatments for our clients from Camberley and surrounding areas including Farnborough, Aldershot, Guilford, Woking, Ascot and Windsor.
Informed and aware clients are our best partners in ensuring the success of dermal filler treatments. As always, if you have any further concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at House of Beauty.
Remember, when it comes to aesthetic treatments like dermal fillers, there’s no substitute for professional advice. We look forward to assisting you in Camberley at House of Beauty.