Signs of a Botched Cosmetic Injection

Facial filler Injection
Facial filler Injection

Are you concerned your cosmetic injection procedure did not go according to plan?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, common side effects of facial fillers which can occur around the injection site, but usually clear with 7 to 14 days, include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Rash

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Rare, but more serious, side effects, which may be a sign of major complications could include:

  • Infection
  • Leakage of the filler through the injection site
  • Nodules around the injection site, which may require surgery to remove
  • Granulomas, a type of inflammatory reaction to the filler
  • Movement of the filler from one spot to another
  • Injury to blood vessels
  • Blindness, which occurs when the filler gets injected into an artery, blocking the blood flow to the eyes
  • Tissue death, also due to blocked blood flow

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The AAD stresses the importance of only getting injection treatments in a medical setting and only using experienced providers. An at-home or DIY procedure could lead to the following issues:

  • Lumps
  • Ridges
  • Over-filled areas
  • Allergic reaction
  • Skin discoloration
  • Infection
  • Severe swelling
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