Avoiding Filler Complications

We asked Nurse Amy how injectors approach the avoidance of complications with fillers

Nurse Amy, how do injectors reduce risks of complications when they are injecting fillers?

This is a question that everyone should be thinking about asking their injector before they decide to go ahead with filler injections. Unfortunately, it’s a rare question being asked in consultations and before treatments.

Fillers are one of the most frequently used products in aesthetic medicine. Like all other medical treatments, fillers are associated with the risk of complications. There are relative and absolute contra-indications which lay the foundations to determining risks of complications and patient’s suitability for a treatment and there are treatment risks and their level of severity.

All these elements are taken very seriously by your injector which is why we select appropriate patients, and sometimes choose not to treat patients. Patient and treatment choice is the first and a crucial step in reducing risks of complications. We do this by asking you about your medical history, lifestyle, taking photos, asking how you have responded to previous treatments and surgeries and even how your body responds to being stung by a bee.

Knowing Anatomy

An injector knows your anatomy, they also spend time observing and palpating it, drawing on it is not uncommon also. This reiterates their in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy which helps determine the right product, placement, volume, and injection technique such as using a needle or micro cannula. A lack of consideration for this aspect of your treatment is one of the most common causes of complications ranging from vascular compromise, granulomas or nodules, filler migration and incorrect placement of product.

Your injector will also work to minimise risks with almost everything they do while you’re in the room having your consultation and treatment.

Hand hygiene, wearing gloves and using correct aseptic injection techniques is of the utmost importance and is the simplest thing to minimising risk of cross contamination and infection during your treatment. We also disinfect everything that is touched before and after use such as the chairs you sit on and even the mirror, we both may hold – this has been going on long before covid.  

Complications can range from mild and common to rare but severe and sometimes no matter how skilful an injector is, it can happen to anyone. The good thing is, regardless of the unfortunate occurrence of a complication, a knowledgeable, trained injector will know how to manage it immediately and correctly but also effectively and empathically communicate with you through the process.

To make an appointment with Nurse Amy, please call the clinic on 93315005