Fillers are commonly used to smooth out wrinkles or create fuller lips, but Injectable Fillers do pose a risk for side effects. One of the side effects is the form of subcutaneous lumps “that are difficult to treat and which – in isolated cases – have led to lesions that simply will not heal.” Recent research by the University of Copenhagen found that this type of side effect in fillers is caused by bacterial infections.
Fillers for Cosmetic Procedures
What was once for only trauma treatment, fillers have made its way to the cosmetic field. It was previously believed that the side effect of subcutaneous lumps was from an “auto-immune or allergic reaction to the gel injected,” but it is actually “due to bacteria injected in connection with the cosmetic procedure.” Also, the fillers “act as incubators for infection, and all it takes is as few as ten bacteria to create an ugly lesion and a tough film of bacterial material known as biofilm.” Biofilm is impossible to treat because it is resistant to antibiotics. Some cosmetics practitioners refuse to acknowledge that the side effects are caused by bacteria and stand by the belief that it is an allergic reaction and will still treat the side effect with steroids; which is the “worst possible treatment because steroid injections exacerbate the condition and give the bacteria free rein.” But, the filler manufacturers have accepted that the filler can act as a bacteria incubator. With this acknowledgement, good hygiene and awareness has become important. It is recommended that patients keep skin makeup free a month before the procedure and researchers are suggesting “injecting antibiotics together with the filler itself during the cosmetic treatment process.”
Being Careful with Beauty Treatments
Whether it is a simple beauty treatment or an under the knife procedure, you can never be too cautious when going through with it. At Dr. Angelchik’s practice, they always do a thorough consultation with each patient to make sure each patient qualifies for which ever procedure is requested. Also, Dr. Angelchik still has his Spring Special on Restylane at $475 per 1ml syringe. So, take advantage of this beauty treatment in expert hands.