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Having a filler injected in a non-medical setting can be extremely dangerous. 

To protect your health, you should never get a filler injected at a:

  • Non-medical spa
  • Party.
  • Salon.
  • Someone’s home.

 The American Association of Dermatology recommends that you see a doctor who has expertise injecting fillers and many satisfied patients. The results you see depend largely on the experience of the person performing this procedure. A dermatologist has the knowledge and experience required to inject fillers safely and effectively.

What happens when you get a filler?  

The procedure varies with the filler how dermatologist will use, the part of the body to be treated, and your medical history. Here are some general guidelines about what you can expect:

  • Most filler treatments take between 15 and 30 minutes and require one office visit.
  • Before getting the injections, you may need ice, an anesthetic applied to the skin, or a nerve block (an injection). This varies with the filler and area to be treated. Hands generally do not need anesthesia; lips often require a nerve block. 
  • Dermatologist will inject the filler into the area, often giving you several injections to produce the best results. 
  • You may feel a stinging or burning sensation as the filler is injected. 

What is the safety record for fillers?   

This is one of the safest cosmetic treatments available. For years, dermatologists have been refining the use of fillers to diminish signs of aging. Today, dermatologists safely treat people of many ages and all skin colors.

When fillers are injected in a non-medical setting or by an inexperienced provider, reports of more serious side effects increase dramatically. These side effects include: 

  • Lumps.  
  • Ridges.   
  • Over-filled areas.    
  • Allergic reaction.
  • Skin discoloration.
  • Infection.
  • Severe swelling.