How to Minimize Dermal Filler Side Effects
- - April 16th 2014
Unlike facial fillers such as silicone, which could cause granulomas to form, and collagen, which required an allergy test, dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid are generally safe and well-received by most patients. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance normally found in your patients' connective tissue and joints, so it should not generally cause an allergic reaction or another severe reaction. However, even hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like RESTYLANE® PERLANE® can cause some side effects for your patients.
One side effect all your patients will likely experience is some pain or discomfort at the injection site. This is an unavoidable consequence of using a needle to inject RESTYLANE® PERLANE® into your patient's dermis. However, this is easy to avoid by using an anesthetic. One option is to use an EMLA™ cream to numb your patient's skin in the treatment area. However, this may mean your patient has to wait for the anesthetic to take effect. You can also purchase some dermal filler products, like RESTYLANE® PERLANE®, with lidocaine already in it. Since the lidocaine is already in the RESTYLANE® PERLANE® With Lidocaine syringe, you do not need to worry about mixing in your own anesthetic or making your patients wait until their skin numbs. Pain and discomfort may not be a life-threatening side effect, but your patients will feel much better when they have the anesthetic to make their RESTYLANE® PERLANE® treatments more comfortable.
Another common side effect of RESTYLANE® PERLANE® With Lidocaine injections is bruising. When the injection causes a bruise, the discoloration should go away within a few days. However, in the meantime, you can tell your patients to use an ice pack to reduce the bruising and swelling in their face. You can even offer your patients an ice pack in your clinic as an added perk. RESTYLANE® PERLANE® With Lidocaine or other dermal filler injections can also cause more bruising when your patients have been taking anticoagulating medications or nutritional supplements. You should check to see if your patients are taking Aspirin, vitamin E or other such medications and supplements, then ask them to avoid taking these anticoagulants for ten days before the cosmetic procedure then a few days after the procedure.
When you take your patient's medical history, you should also ask them if they have a history of Herpes. Since injections of dermal fillers like RESTYLANE® PERLANE® can cause the Herpes to re-occur, your patients should take appropriate antiviral medications before and after the cosmetic procedure to avoid a flare-up.
While most of your patients should tolerate their RESTYLANE® PERLANE® With Lidocaine injections well, some patients may experience faintness during any medical procedure, however minor. For those patients, having juice on hand can help them recover. Although rare, when you inject RESTYLANE® PERLANE® into your patient's skin, the increase in volume could bock an artery. In case something does go wrong with your patient's RESTYLANE® PERLANE® dermal filler injection, you can keep hyaluronidase on hand to break down the hyaluronic acid in the RESTYLANE® PERLANE® With Lidocaine.
RESTYLANE® PERLANE® With Lidocaine and other dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid are among the safest cosmetic procedures your patient can get. However, even hyaluronic acid injections are not without their potential side effects. Any time you can reduce the side effects, however minor, it will be a better treatment experience for your patient.
Since RESTYLANE® PERLANE® With Lidocaine does include an anesthetic to reduce your patient's pain and discomfort, it is a great choice for your clinic. Try some out on your patients and see what they think of the numbing effects of Lidocaine.
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