Understanding, Avoiding, and Managing Severe Filler Complications : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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Understanding, Avoiding, and Managing Severe Filler Complications

Rzany, Berthold MD, ScM; DeLorenzi, Claudio MD

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 136(5S):p 196S-203S, November 2015. | DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001760



Any injectable filler may elicit moderate-to-severe adverse events, ranging from nodules to abscesses to vascular occlusion. Fortunately, severe adverse events are uncommon for the majority of fillers currently on the market. Because these are rare events, it is difficult to identify the relevant risk factors and to design the most efficacious treatment strategies. Poor aesthetic outcomes are far more common than severe adverse events. These in contrast should be easily avoidable by ensuring that colleagues receive proper training and follow best practices.

©2015American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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