How to best avoid filler complications:

Fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Sculptra are a few of the most popular fillers that are used in different areas of the face to pre-juvenate and rejuvenate the face.

Where can fillers be used?

There are specific fillers that are meant for specific areas of the face. It is important that your provider is knowledgeable and experienced with the many different options available today. Here are some common areas filler is used:


  • cheeks
  • lips
  • fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth
  • jaw
  • temples
  • nose
  • earlobes
  • hands

What filler complications Are Possible?

Just as with any cosmetic treatment, there are risks and complications that are involved with filler injections. This is why it is so important to see a provider who is not only knowledgeable about the anatomy of the face but also has extensive hands on experience with filler.

A very rare but serious complication is vascular occlusion. An occlusion can lead to tissue death, scarring and even blindness. An occlusion is caused by an accidental injection of filler into an artery or compression of the artery from surrounding filler. Vascular occlusions can quickly escalate if not recognized and treated right away.

How to avoid filler complications?

As mentioned above, be sure to see a well-trained, knowledgeable provider that is honest about possible complications and what they do to minimize risk.

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has warned consumers against purchasing fillers online because they could be contaminated. Fillers can often times be found on the blackmarket at much cheaper prices which can lead to severe consequences.

The FDA also warns consumers about unlicensed fillers because they could be dangerous to your health. Make sure you are not only going to a reputable doctors office, but a reputable provider with a physician on-site. The FDA also commends avoiding filler on body parts that are not approved for usage, especially the butt and breasts. Most filler complications happen when in the hands of an inexperienced injector. To avoid any unfortunate complications do your due diligence before choosing a provider. Make sure that provider has lots of hands on experiences with various fillers and knows the correct placement.

To learn more about the different fillers or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (801) 776-2220 or contact us HERE.

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