Side Effects From Dermal Fillers

What are the possible side effects?

Side effects:

Immediate/ Expected 

 – Redness

 – Swelling

 – Tenderness

 – Bruising

 – Pruritis (itching)

 – Numbness (Lidocaine component of filler product may result in decreased sensitivity for a few hours following treatment)
These reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually resolve spontaneously after a few days of treatment.

Less Common

There have been isolated reports of small lumps developing at treatment sites, if injection into the skin or tissues of the face is too superficial, and these irregularities may persist for several months.

Inflammatory reactions have been reported in rare cases; these consist of redness, swelling and induration (eg hardening of the injection site) which can at times affect the surrounding tissue. Reactions can arise a few days, weeks or months after injection. these reactions are generally mild to moderate and self-limiting. with an average duration of two weeks. In rare cases, reactions have been recurrent and have lasted for several months, and may require medical assistance and treatment.


Discolouration, nodules, mass/induration, infection/abceses, acne-like formations, granuloma, hypersensitivity reactions, ischemia/necrosis, atrophy/scarring, reactions of herpes infection (cold sores) in susceptible patients, rash, telangiectasia (visible blood vessels) and hives. Isolated rare cases of vision abnormalities including blindness have been reported when dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid are used in the areas around the eyes, nose and glabella.

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