Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

Medical Aesthetics & Laser Spa Serving Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert & Nearby Edmonton, Alberta


Posted: June 3, 2019

Dermal fillers are a non-surgical method of achieving a youthful-looking face. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, over 1 million people elect to have dermal filler procedures each year. When administered by a trained, medical professional, these injectables can be a safe and effective way of reducing wrinkles and replacing lost volume in your facial features.

Dr. Ron Brown is the medical director of True Balance Longevity Med Spas. He is board-certified in Functional and Regenerative Medicine from The American Academy of Anti-Aging. He and his carefully selected licensed practitioners can guide you to a treatment plan that will rejuvenate your facial appearance while keeping your safety a priority.

There are a few things to know about dermal filler safety that can help you make informed decisions about your cosmetic treatment. These include knowing which ingredients are tested and approved, what to expect, and what a professional treatment entails.

Safe Ingredients in Dermal Fillers

woman getting facial injectionThere are many government-approved dermal fillers that, when administered by a medical professional, can safely reduce facial wrinkles and restore youthfulness to your face. At True Balance, we only use products with the approved, biocompatible ingredients hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid. “Biocompatible” simply means that the body can naturally absorb and process the ingredient.

  • Hyaluronic acid (HA) – This is a substance naturally found in your skin. HA is the active ingredient in Restylane®, Belotero® Balance, Princess® fillers, and Juvederm®. These products are used to plump lips and cheeks. HA fillers may contain lidocaine, as well, which has a temporary numbing effect to minimize discomfort during the injection.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid – Sculptra® is a dermal filler that relies on poly-L-lactic acid to fill wrinkles and smooth fine lines. These results can be achieved due to the collagen-stimulating factor of this ingredient. The smoothing of facial wrinkles with Sculptra® can last two years.

Knowing What to Expect

We understand that facial enhancement is a very personal decision. We encourage you to ask questions, and do your own research to make sure that you understand the procedure and how it may affect your appearance.

Compared to other facial rejuvenation procedures, dermal fillers have fewer risks. Surgical facial enhancement such as facelifts or browlifts require anesthesia and incisions, increasing the risk of complications.

Though complications with facial fillers are uncommon, our highly-trained injectors will discuss the potential risks of any procedure you are considering. Our primary goal is always patient safety and satisfaction.

Safe Treatment Checklist

For dermal fillers to be as safe as possible, some basic parameters must be met. The following is a quick reference guide to help you understand what a controlled, professional treatment involves:

  • Setting: Safe dermal filler injections take place in a medical facility.
  • Provider: You should only authorize a medical professional to give your injections.
  • Authenticity of product: Providers should be willing to show you documentation of filler purchase, so you know that the product was sourced from the maker and is authentic.
  • Injection sites: Dermal fillers are only intended for specific applications. Use of dermal fillers for body contouring or breast augmentation is NOT safe.

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