Cosmetic Dermal Filler
Cosmetic dermal fillers can be thought of as “liquid implants” for a patients chest, and they offer many of the benefits of surgical implants, but without much of the downtime.
Although it cannot help with the physiological symptoms associated with Pectus Excavatum, it can help to improve the cosmetic appearance of the chest. Cosmetic dermal fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid, fat and other substances and some example dermal filler brand names include ArteFill, Radiesse, Sculptra, Juvederm, Hylaform, Restylane, Perlane and several others.
Are cosmetic dermal fillers unsafe?
When prescribed by a properly qualified and trained doctor and injected in an appropriate medical setting, FDA-approved dermal fillers are extremely safe.
Are there any potential risks associated with cosmetic dermal fillers?
The greatest risk occurs when dermal fillers are injected by someone who is not properly qualified to perform injections. However, other non discriminatory risks include a hematoma or blood pooling beneath the skin, and though rare, infection and necrosis (tissue death) or skin loss is possible.
An unsatisfactory outcome is also a risk. Semi-permanent and permanent fillers may clump: the particles form a granuloma or lump that can be felt or seen beneath the skin. Particles may also migrate or displace from the injection site above the sternum. Injection of an anti-inflammatory may improve minor clumps or swelling. More significant clumping or granuloma may, however, require surgery.
Can I be allergic to a dermal filler?
Only dermal fillers derived from animal sources have a risk of allergy. This is something your doctor should cover during your consultation and the informed consent process. If necessary, a patch or allergy test can be performed.