Safety is one of the biggest contributing factors to why people choose NOT to get dermal filler.
Using the right product, in the right hands, dermal fillers are very safe! Keep reading to find out how they can go wrong, and what you can do to keep yourself safe!
But first, a bit of dermal filler history
Believe it or not, dermal filler has been around for over one hundred years! Fortuntately, they’ve come a loooong way! In the late 1800’s paraffin and Vaseline were used, however due to severe complications the practice was ceased (no surprises there)!
For years since, people have been trying to come up with the perfect cheap dermal filler. Check out some of the devastating effects cheap alternatives can do in our blog here:
What is dermal filler?
There are a lot of different types of products that fall into the category of dermal filler on the market today. They include those derived from bone, hyaluronic acid, animal derived collagen, bio-stimulating polyL-lactic acid, autologous eg. fat and even silicone.
These products are considered less safe than Hyalauronic Acid (HA) dermal fillers. Hyalauronic Acid is a natural product found in the human body. Which is probably why there are NO documented cases of allergic reaction from the HA fillers we use. Our manufacturer was the first to pioneer the technology and has one of the highest safety profiles on the market!
So this means dermal filler is safe right?
Well, yes and no. Australia has some pretty strict rules and regulations when it comes to cosmetic injectables, but recently there have been reports on the illegal import of inferior products. There are even people who are not Registered practitioners attempting to inject dermal fillers. Add to that, a lot of new products that just don’t last, and practitioners thinking they can make a quick buck without putting in the proper training, can lead to some serious complications. The most severe being vascular occlusion, which can result in tissue death/necrosis and even blindness. These complications are very rare, but the risk increases tenfold if you don’t know what’s being injected and by who!
So how do you keep safe when it comes to dermal filler?
No matter where you live, you can follow these steps to ensure your treatment is as safe as possible. While no one (not even us) can guarantee your procedure will go 100%, doing your own due diligence will help!
Research the business
How many injectors do they have? How long have they been in business for? What is their training like? What qualifications do they have? Who prescribes for them? Some countries require very little training or knowledge of products. In Australia, only Doctors and Registered Nurses can administer dermal fillers. Dentists can also administer, however, by law, can not complete standard manufacturer training and have to find an independent trainer! In any case, we would recommend sticking with Doctors and Nurses.
What product/s do they use?
Here we go again with the strange laws in Australia, by law, we can not publicly name which products we use! Crazy right? We can however, name drop the manufacturer, it’s Galderma, a multi-award winning company and pioneer in HA filler technology. Contact the clinic you’re thinking of attending and ask what products they use. You can also ask to see them at your appointment.
Know when somethings gone wrong
It’s important to know how to spot when something’s gone wrong. What’s normal is for the area to be a bit tender and stiff, some mild redness, swelling and bruising. An abnormal reaction is redness & swelling that is accompanied by heat, this can indicate an infection is present. This ones tricky to pinpoint exactly how you got the infection, as you could have given it to yourself. Regardless, you need to see your practitioner ASAP so the appropriate steps can be taken. This usually involves taking antibiotics. White spots/blanched skin is a major complication. This may signify a vascular occlusion. Contact your practitioner ASAP so they can dissolve the filler and make further recommendations.
At the end of the day, safety is always our number one priority. In all the years we’ve been operating we have never had any serious complications. In each of our treatment rooms we have Adverse Events Kits to quickly manage any complications if they do arise and we have Doctors on stand-by 24/7. We run monthly training to ensure our injectors are at the forefront of new techniques and their current techniques are on point. We also invite all our injectors to external training at least 6 times a year, and for our Senior staff we provide both National & International training yearly. Read more about dermal filler here
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