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Soft Tissue Dermal Fillers a Risk

The costs of using unsafe pharmaceuticals can be life altering. These dangerous drugs can cause serious injury or even wrongful death. The federal agency tasked with making sure our drugs are safe is the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This agency is responsible for approving safe drugs and removing the dangerous ones from the market. The FDA has now announced that certain drugs used as soft tissue dermal fillers, usually for cosmetic purposes, are riskier than many initially thought. Any patient considering these products needs to fully understand the risks.

What Are Cosmetic Soft Tissue Dermal Fillers?

Soft tissue dermal fillers are injectable products that have been approved to treat wrinkles or to ënhance”a person’s cheeks or lips. These products are injected directly into the area to be treated, According to the FDA they should only be injected by health care providers who have appropriate training and experience and who have an in-depth understanding of the anatomy around the treatment area.

Cosmetic Soft Tissue Dermal Fillers Pose a Risk According to FDA

Forbes reports that the FDA Office for Women’s Health is warning both practitioners and patients that some soft tissue dermal fillers might accidentally be injected into facial blood vessels. This can cause blockages that restrict blood flow to tissue, and fillers that have been injected into the blood vessels can travel to other areas of the body. If this happens it can cause rare but serious side effects like stroke, visual impairment, blindness, and death of skin tissue.

The most at risk areas of the face include the skin between the eyebrows and nose, the skin in and around the nose, and the area under the eyes. As a result of the discovery of this problem the FDA is working with drug manufacturers to update their labeling to provide more warnings regarding the risks of these products. The FDA is not taking any steps, so far at least, to remove these products from the market.

How Patients Can Protect Themselves

While the FDA does not appear to be doing much to solve the problem, it had provided some advice for potential users of these products. They make the following recommendations for anyone considering using one of these dermal fillers:

*Before using the dermal fillers, talk with your healthcare provider about what the best injection sites are and what the risks associated with those sites may be.

*Understand that certain products have been approved by the FDA for certain areas of the face, and not others.

*Question your provider about any training and experience they have received in this area before undergoing any treatments.

*Read the warnings specific to the fillers that will be used on you and discuss those warnings with your provider.

If you experience any side effects after treatment like unusual pain, vision changes, a white appearance of the skin, or any symptoms of a stroke, seek immediate medical attention.

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