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Dermal fillers: don’t sacrifice safety for price!


We have all seen them haven’t we? Those tempting advertisements for ‘cheap’ dermal filler injections and voucher-site deals, offering the gift of youth without the pain on your pocket! However, with dermal filler injections, it’s a risky business to allow anyone who isn’t properly medically qualified, trained and licensed to take a needle to your skin, no matter how attractive the price looks. It could in-fact cost you a lot more than those few extra pounds.

The use of dermal fillers is unregulated in the UK (soon to be remedied we hope). This means that unfortunately, those who are not medically-trained can indeed, train to inject them. At ELZ Aesthetics in Warrington and Hale, we shudder at the thought of an untrained beauty therapist or ‘fake’ nurse using needles and cannulas to inject potentially unregulated, cheap HA fillers in to a person’s face. There are many things that can seriously go wrong and you don’t want to be on the receiving end, that’s for sure!

Here is a list of what can go wrong with poorly applied dermal fillers:

  • Inappropriate placement – Fillers must be placed in a suggested layer of the skin and this can vary in different areas of the face. If the placement is not in the correct layer, especially if it is placed more superficial than supposed, you may get a ‘Tyndall effect’ (a blue hue in hyaluronic acid fillers), or even worse, visible lumps of the injected HA. The more superficial from the suggested layer the material is placed, the longer the discolouration will last. In cases of inappropriate placement of filler material, the first step should be a vigorous local massage and, if needed, followed by incision and drainage or injection of a substance called hyaluronidase to dissolve the filler. A beauty therapist or fake nurse is not going to have this knowledge or the substances needed to repair this mistake, to hand and subsequently, you’ll be stuck with lumping or the blue hue for many months to come.
  • Infection – Any a procedure that breaks the natural barrier of the skin offers a risk of infection. To minimize this risk, general precautions should take place, such as proper disinfection and the usage of sterile products as well as gloves during the injection. Non-medically trained practitioners may not adhere to these precautions and therefore a risk of infection is increased. Depending on the severity of the infection, antibiotics should be given and if the infection continues, it could lead to an abscess. As with every abscess, treatment should include an incision and drainage in addition to antibiotics; something that a non-medical professional cannot offer.
  • Necrosis (death of skin tissues) – If a dermal filler is accidentally injected in to a blood vessel or vain, this can cause necrosis or death of the surrounding tissues. As the blood vessel becomes blocked with the HA filler, the tissue will show a whitening or blanching of the tissue and sometimes pain in the injection site. If this is not recognised and treated immediately with injection of hyaluronidase, it can become extremely serious for the patient, causing blackening of the skin and permanent disfigurement.
  • Blindness – Of late, we are hearing more and more about patients being blinded by poorly injected dermal fillers. If a dermal filler is injected into one of the blood vessels in the skin or under the skin around the eye and the filler goes back along that artery to one of the larger arteries behind the eye, it can block the blood vessels going in to the eye or inside the eye, thus causing blindness. Nothing can be done about this and there are even now cases where the eyeball can lose movement altogether.

Make the safe choice with dermal fillers

At ELZ Aesthetics, we take every procedure we offer extremely seriously. Dr Ahmed is a fully-qualified, licensed and trained aesthetic practitioner and has all the knowledge and materials needed to cope with any unforeseen circumstances quickly and efficiently. He has also mastered the art of dermal filler injections for a wide-range of treatment indications.

Don’t play Russian roulette with your looks and indeed, your health. Spend your money wisely and it will pay dividends with results that look beautiful and peace of mind that will ensure that you (and we) can sleep at night.

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