Wrinkle Relief: Injectable Cosmetic Fillers
Most side effects occur shortly after injection and go away within seven days. In some cases, side effects may emerge weeks, months, or years later. A non-absorbable filler may cause long-term side effects.
You should not use cosmetic wrinkle fillers if any of the following applies to you:
- severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylactic shock
- allergy to cow collagen or eggs
- allergy to lidocaine
- inflamed or infected skin
- prone to form excessive scarring (keloid) or thick scarring (hypertrophic scars)
- bleeding disorder
- active inflammatory condition (cysts, pimples, rashes or hives) or infection; you should postpone treatment until the condition is controlled.
Tips for Consumers
Before deciding to get injected with a cosmetic wrinkle filler:
- Be aware that the safety of these products is unknown for use in pregnant or breastfeeding women or in patients under 18 years of age.
- Be aware that the safety is unknown when these products are used with Botox or other wrinkle therapies.
- Be aware that the safety of these fillers has only been studied when used in the face.
- Know the type of product that will be injected and all of its possible side effects.
- Discuss fillers with a doctor who can refer you to a specialist in the fields of dermatology and aesthetic plastic surgery.
- Select a doctor who is trained to do the procedure. (You may want to contact the American Academy of Dermatology at www.aad.org or the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at www.surgery.org.)
- Have realistic expectations about the benefits you want to achieve and discuss them with your doctor.
What About Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is an injectable drug, but it is not a wrinkle filler. Instead of filling the wrinkle, it keeps muscles from tightening so the wrinkles don’t show as much. FDA has approved Botox Cosmetic only to treat wrinkles between the eyebrows.
For more information about topics for your health, visit the FDA Consumer Information Center (www.fda.gov/consumer).
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