What are some of the common complications associated with injectable fillers?

The most common complications associated with fillers include bruising and swelling. Certain medications can increase bruising, such as ibuprofen-containing products and aspirin. Therefore, we recommend patients stop these medicines approximately 10 days prior to injections. Also, some homeopathic medicines can increase bruising and swelling, such as Gingko Biloba. There are certain homeopathic medicines that minimize bruising, such as Arnica Montanta; we recommend patients consider this in an effort to decrease risk of bruising. If bruising and swelling occur, it is temporary. Other potential complications include a bumpy contour irregularity following injection. Massage usually alleviates the contour irregularity. However, if this “bump” persists and a hyaluronic acid filler was used (such as Juvederm), then I can inject an enzyme into that bump and it usually resolves within 24-48 hours.

Posted by Rami K. Batniji, M.D., F.A.C.S.