How Safe Are Injectable Dermal Fillers?

As the popularity of injectable dermal fillers continues to grow, an increasing number of girls look in the mirror and slump at the sight of their deep wrinkles and lines. Social acceptance and so accessibility of fillers has increased, but if we are worried about the protection of the relatively new cosmetic treatment?

Benefits versus security

Injectable dermal fillers have gained popularity in recent weeks – almost as much as Botox – and lip plumping appears to be the rage. When administered properly, they generally offer you a secure way of winding the clock back and revealing a younger you. By injecting hyaluronic acid (HA) or collagen-based fillers into the skin, deep lines and folds in the skin can also be smoothed and the pure hydration structures in the skin may be protected from damaging too quickly.

In the beginning, a person’s natural HA concentration is around three percent, which falls to around 0.007 percent when that individual turns 45. Therefore whilst dermal fillers will not stop time, they can recover the harm already done by fostering natural HA levels.

But like any cosmetic treatment, fillers are not without dangers and on rare events, adverse reactions can develop. They are several key points to notice when questioning the safety of this anti-aging treatment. Step one is to realize that there are two types openly available on the united kingdom market: Artificial dermal fillers (non-permanent) and permanent fillers, which both offer effective wrinkle therapy.

Permanent dermal fillers may contain Polyacrylamide and Polyalkylamide and have featured heavily recently in the media since these are where most of the problems lie. Permanent and non-permanent fillers are both based on the organic compounds collagen or hyaluronic acid, and these can be broken down and reabsorbed by the human body. However permanent fillers also contain synthetic substances that are non-biodegradable and therefore become a permanent fixture of their human body. This presents post-treatment problems because since the skin begins to sag, the permanent fillers remain intact, creating a rather unnatural, distorted look since the face continues to change shape.

In SkinGenesis, our patients receive non-permanent biodegradable dermal fillers, which comprises the hyaluronic acid-based filler, Restylane, and Radiesse, which contains calcium hydroxyapatite. Of course, due to constant innovation, SkinGenesis physicians may also use different products that they consider to be the best in the marketplace. Clients must see us more regularly with non-permanent fillers, however, if unwanted side effects do occur, they’re short-lived as the substance is reabsorbed by the body.

Restylane smoothes out wrinkles on the hands and face, lasts about six months and offers a reduced risk of allergic reaction since it is made of non-animal sources. Radiesse has exactly the same effects, which can last for 12 to 18 months.

Human lab rats?

The second consideration is to be aware that UK regulation of the business is comparatively lax when considered alongside the USA. There are currently 100 kinds of dermal fillers available in the UK, in comparison to six FDA-approved types (US Food and Drug Administration) in the USA. This is because, in the States, fresh cosmetic remedies are rigorously tested over long periods of time and just when a product receives FDA approval is it widely available on the market. The two Restylane and Radiesse are FDA-approved brands.

Which? The magazine has suggested that the UK is even the ‘guinea pig’ for the industry as there is currently no FDA equivalent from the UK to manage what is and what is not available on our market. The Department of Health and the Healthcare Commission looked into tightening the constraints in the UK, but they ultimately announced obligation to the private health industry’s body, the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS), which in turn said that there is little which can be achieved unless a different service, the Medicines, and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), classifies fillers like medicines. This would mean they’d be regulated, like Botox, under the Medicines Act and would just be administered by licensed medical practitioners. With very little regulation, this means that anybody in the beauty industry can reevaluate themselves to administer the remedies to unsuspecting patients.

Caution is Essential to successful therapy

Patients must be extra cautious when determining where to have dermal fillers. The reluctance of the Government to tighten regulation of the sector has made a buyer-beware’ culture. SkinGenesis’ dermal fillers are administered by qualified doctors and we’re a registered member of the Healthcare Commission.

Over 1,500,000 treatments have been done across the world, with very few yielding negative reactions to the components. As an industry, we expect around one in every 2000 sufferers to experience adverse reactions, and even then this is determined by every individual person’s health.

Other minor side effects can occur, including swelling, redness, discomfort, and itchiness. Immediate reactions, such as transient erythema, edema and ecchymosis should be treated with ice and antihistamines, whilst sub-acute reactions like infections, bluish discoloration and necrosis will require medical care. Visit us here!

As a general guide, patients ought to reserve treatments using a qualified, seasoned physician two to three weeks prior to a social participation, allowing for the potential for an adverse reaction. Minor side effects usually clear up within 2 to four days and dermal fillers should also be avoided in these circumstances.

If you are:

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are you currently taking anticoagulants or aspirin
  • Possess a history of anaphylaxis or expression to precede dermal fillers
  • Possess a skin infection or inflammatory disease (acne herpes)
  • Possess permanent implants
  • Have had laser skin resurfacing or skin peels within past 6 weeks
  • Are using Roaccutane within past 12 months