Preventing Complications When Getting Fillers
With injectables fast-becoming one of the most popular aesthetic procedures, there is often the misconception that they can’t be done wrong. Unfortunately, such is not the case. The truth is, it takes a trained physician with a skilled eye, knowledge of human anatomy, and ample experience to administer injectables properly and safely. Injectable treatments like fillers (Hylauronic Acid, Sculptra, etc.) and Botulinum Toxin (Botox) can be just as risky as surgical procedures – particularly if performed by an untrained practitioner. Many people make the mistake of downplaying the risks because injections are nonsurgical procedures that do not require anesthesia, a hospital setting or incisions. In this Smart Beauty Guide exclusive, ASAPS member, and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Youn reviews the steps you can take to ensure you’re in the right hands. With injectables, the most feared complications typically occur when the filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, which can cause complications such as scarring, tissue loss, and even blindness. While uncommon, these are risks patients need to be aware of. The good news is there are ways to prevent this from happening: 1. Choose a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon, preferably a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 2. Opt for a hyaluronic acid filler, which can have an antidote called Hyaluronidase in the event a complication occurs. 3. Make sure your physician has a lot of experience and injector training. This is isn’t a procedure you want a novice to be performing on you under any circumstances.