Wrinkle fillers are often taken lightly by Seattle patients. Many people think that getting a wrinkle filler is as simple dropping in to an office and getting it done so that they can look good that night. BE WARNED that you may be surprised!!
Getting a filler injection is a medical procedure and you can have problems or at least you should be aware that it is not as simple as you might think.
Some of things that can happen are:
- Bruising. This will happen to almost everyone, especially if a needle is used to do the injections. Needles are sharp and cause bleeding and trauma. The result is a bruise and lumps that can last weeks. This is usually the worst for a lip filler. The good news is this almost always gets better.
- Swelling: Again, any injection (especially lip filler) can cause swelling that can last for days because of the trauma of the injection and under the eyes the swelling can last up to 3 months in some individuals.
- Lumps and bumps. Every wrinkle filler product injection can cause this. Often it is not the filler but either a collection of blood from the injection or swelling or simple scar tissue from the trauma of the injection. These problems can last up to 3 months but they will almost always will get better and go away.
- Infection. A frank infection is rare after a filler injection but red painful lumps that can occur after an injection, may be a problem called a granuloma. These are much rarer than one would think and are almost always caused by injector technique and not the product.
- Vascular accidents. This is when the product is injected into a vessel. It occurs much more often when a needle is used rather than a cannula. If filler is injected into a vessel, the tissue that is supplied by that vessel may die and the results can be catastrophic.
- Lumps from the wrinkle filler. This is almost always due to an injector technical error where the injector puts too much in one area, like putting a blob in one spot. This can be dealt with using different dissolving techniques but is a problem if you are getting a long term filler.
How does one avoid these problems?
Be very sure of who is injecting you and what they are injecting. The short term fillers can all be dissolved. These include Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Prelane and others. Many of the medium term fillers cannot be simply dissolved. These include Sculptra and Radiesse. The long term filler Artefill or Bellafill cannot be dissolved.
For these reasons, BE VERY CAREFUL WHO YOU LET INJECT YOU.
Price is NOT the First Thing You Should Think of When Considering a Wrinkle Filler.
Make sure the injector you are going to is an expert with lots of experience with injections, especially in the area you are considering getting injected. DO NOT go the CHEAPEST. Go to the most experienced to reduce the risk of having a problem.
For more information go to our Bellafill page.
You can also call or text us at (425) 366-8222