Cosmetic fillers are a popular way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as to add volume to the face. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential side effects that should be taken into consideration before undergoing treatment. The most common side effects reported in clinical trials include facial weakness, drooping of the eyelid and drooping of the eyebrows. Other side effects may include localized pain, swelling, redness and bruising at the injection site.
In rare cases, injections have caused double vision, dry eyes, or difficulty swallowing or breathing. According to research published in Aesthetics, long-acting dermal fillers have higher rates of complications such as infections and nodules. Your healthcare provider will recommend a specific type of filler or fillers and review possible side effects and recovery time. Adverse side effects usually last as long as the facial filler is on the skin, so although some have short-term side effects, more permanent fillers can cause lifelong adverse effects.
In addition, there are rare side effects such as infection, leakage of the filler through the injection site, nodules around the injection site, granulomas, movement of the filler under the skin, and injury to the blood vessels. It is important to discuss all potential risks with your healthcare provider before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. They will be able to provide you with more information about the specific type of filler you are considering and help you make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for you.