Potential Complications From Cosmetic Fillers

ABC7’s The More in the Morning team spoke with Dr. Michael K. Kim, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, about about potential complications people could face after getting cosmetic fillers. Now that there are so many places popping up that offer cosmetic fillers, it’s important to do your research beforehand and make sure you’re going to a trustworthy source for the procedure.

Dermal fillers, an injectable treatment performed in a doctor’s office, can help smooth lines and replenish lost volume, restoring a more youthful appearance. The popular application of injecting combinations of fillers in one or more sites at one session is apt to produce not only more of the common temporary or prolonged side-effects, but potentially significant complications. Some of these complications can be devastating and irreversible leading to scarring, tissue loss and blindness. Despite best practice protocols and safety-training, complications can still occur. That is why it is imperative that you find a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon to perform these procedures and not pop up "medical spas."

Dermal fillers are safe and effective in property trained professionals.

Finding the right physician to perform your dermal filler procedure is key. Don’t be afraid to ask about training and certification to ensure you’re receiving care from a board-certified, experienced dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.


Dermal filler procedures can be expensive, which has prompted some consumers to turn to the online black market to purchase do-it-yourself fillers. One risk is that fillers purchased online can contain a variety of nonsterile substances, such as hair gel. When injected, these substances can cause allergic reactions, infections, and the death of skin cells. Another risk is that improper injection technique can lead not only to swelling and lumpiness, but also more serious side effects such as death of skin cells, and embolism leading to blindness. The FDA has issued an official warning urging consumers to "never buy dermal fillers on the internet. They may be fake, contaminated, or harmful."

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