Facial Fillers Carry Rare But Significant Side Effects and Risks

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Boris Paskhover, MD Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Adjunct Instructor,Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery NYU Langone Medical Center

Dr. Paskhover

Boris Paskhover, MD
Associate Professor,Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response:  Facial fillers include a wide range of cosmetic products used by physicians for augmenting the face. Some fillers are permanent, while others are temporary. Lip filler material is included in this category. Any physician is allowed to perform these procedures but patient’s need to be aware that these are not benign procedures and have some serious complications. It’s important to always go to an experienced facial plastic surgeon, general plastic surgeon or possibly dermatologist for your aesthetic fillers. Our study detailed a decade-long review of FDA reported complications with aesthetic fillers.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Facial fillers, even though they are often sold as benign completely safe do carry some rare but significant risks. In the past 10 years, there have been multiple cases of blindness, stroke, seizure, disfigurement and intensive care unit admissions associated with completely elective facial fillers.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response:  Readers should be aware that fillers are not completely safe and carry rare but significant risks.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: Trust your face to practitioners trained in facial aesthetic procedures not just anyone.

No disclosures, other than that I am a facial plastics surgeon. 

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Roman Povolotskiy, BA, Nicholas C. Oleck, BA, Christopher M. Hatzis, BA, …
First Published February 9, 2018
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Last Updated on March 4, 2018 by Marie Benz MD FAAD