How Safe Are Facial Injections?

Woman with great skinAre you considering cosmetic facial injections, such as Botox, dermal skin fillers, and facial fat grafting? These treatments are great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging, which is why they are popular among people who want to restore their skin’s youthful glow.

Sounds great, right? Right. But if you’ve never received facial injections, one of the questions that is likely at the top of your mind is “how safe are facial injections?”

This short answer is that facial injections are incredibly safe. However, as with all dermatological treatments and procedures, facial injections are not without their fair share of risks and adverse reactions. It’s critical for all recipients of facial injections to consult with their doctors to make sure these treatments are appropriate for them.

While adverse reactions to facial injections are uncommon, they can and do occur. These adverse reactions vary depending on the specific type and relative permanence of the substance or filler being used, but they may include:

  • Acne-like reactions near the injection site
  • Bleeding, swelling, and bruising at the injection site
  • Development of an open wound and subsequent scarring
  • Asymmetry and lumps
  • Infection at the injection site(s)
  • Skin rash with itching
  • Skin redness and irritation

In some extremely rare cases, facial injections may also result in blindness or necrosis of the skin caused by a disruption in blood flow, but these reactions are very rare occurrences that are unlikely to happen as long as you choose a reputable and trained facial injection provider.

We know how personal of a decision it is to get injections or fillers for your face. At Riverside Oral and Facial Surgery, our doctors make sure all patients are aware of the risks involved with cosmetic facial injections. To learn more about Botox, dermal fillers, or fat grafting for your face, call us today at (706) 235-5570 for a consultation.