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In recent years, non-surgical cosmetic treatments have become more accessible and extremely popular. Compared to surgical procedures, which usually require a lengthy recovery process, treatments such as facial fillers provide instant results with pretty much no downtime.

While the increased availability and versatility of dermal fillers means that there are more options to choose from than ever, there's also a dark side to their popularity. Fake fillers, or counterfeit products, are on the rise. If you're considering injectable fillers such as Juvederm, it's important to make sure you're getting the real deal. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself from fakes.

What Are the Risks of Fake Fillers?

Why should you be concerned about fake fillers in the first place? Because counterfeit fillers carry unpredictable risks. If you don't know what's in the syringe, you can't predict how it will affect you.

One risk of counterfeit fillers is that you're not going to get the results you want. The fake filler may or may not be dangerous, but it's definitely not worth your hard-earned cash. If a person injects you with a saline solution, for example, it's not going to provide the same results as a hyaluronic acid filler. You might notice some additional volume in the treatment area, but it will fade much faster than a legitimate filler.

In some cases, the substances used in counterfeit fillers are downright harmful. There are many horror stories out there of people being injected with silicone and suffering deformities or even life-threatening injuries as a result.

Fillers aren't the only injectables that can be faked. Sometimes, products like Botox are also counterfeit. Fake Botox injections can cause a range of issues including infection, tissue death in the injection area, and allergic reactions.

What Are Red Flags for Fake Fillers?

Fortunately, fake fillers are often easy to spot. It's also easy to tell if someone is a legitimate medical professional. One red flag to look out for is the location of the provider. Do they have an established practice or medical office or are they offering injections in a hotel room or from their residence?

The price can also be another sign that a filler isn't genuine. It's a good idea to do some research from the manufacturer of the filler to learn more about the typical cost of a specific filler treatment. If you see a price or deal that's substantially lower than the typical cost, that can be a sign that it's not what it claims to be.

Packaging is another red flag to look out for. You can ask to see the package the filler came in, which can help you verify its authenticity. It's also worth noting that some counterfeit products have gotten pretty good at replicating the real packaging, so a box that looks legitimate isn't the only factor to consider.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if you've gotten a fake until after the treatment is complete. If you notice anything off after the injection, such as redness at the site that won't go away or weird bumps under your skin, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with a doctor to see what's going on.

How Can You Avoid Fake Fillers?

One of the best things you can do to avoid fake fillers is to see a licensed, board-certified medical provider for your injections. Some filler and injectable manufacturers have a list of authorized providers on their websites. That list can be your first step towards finding a qualified injector.

It's also a good idea to schedule a consultation with the provider you're considering before you agree to the treatment. Ask them about their experience performing injections, as provider experience goes a long way when it comes to the overall success of a dermal filler treatment. You might also want to talk to past patients or look at before and after photos to get an idea of the typical results patients can expect.

Get in Touch With a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of effective facial and body procedures including dermal fillers. They can help you choose the filler that's right for you and provide additional guidance on avoiding counterfeits. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn or Birmingham, MI, call (866) 487-3223 today.

Dermal Fillers and RhinoplastyDermal filler injections like Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm are used thousands of times a year to help patients look younger and feel great about their appearance. They are typically used to treat wrinkles or add more volume to certain areas of the face. There is also a less common use for some types of injections – nonsurgical rhinoplasty.

Also known as the liquid nose job, nonsurgical rhinoplasty got its start back in the early 19th century as a way to improve the outward appearance of the nose. That concept continues to be the objective today, though with a much more refined technique and better quality of injectable materials. The procedure involves altering the soft tissue of the nose by strategically injecting the fillers into the affected areas.

There are several options that rhinoplasty surgeons can use for nonsurgical rhinoplasty, including Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse. These fillers are designed to add volume to the soft tissue of the face without surgery. They are easily applied under a local or general anesthetic, depending on how much work the patient’s nose actually needs. The filler is carefully injected with a controlled amount to prevent any disfiguration and then the surgeon will gently massage and shape the filler to create the outward shape of the nose.

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is far less common than other types of rhinoplasty because it is more limited. The fillers will only change the outward appearance of the nose, not the underlying bone and cartilage. Dermal fillers are also not a permanent solution; they do wear off over time and have to be reapplied to keep the results. Because the fillers are adding more material to your nose, it can make the nose bigger in both size and volume, so if you are worried that your nose is already too big, nonsurgical rhinoplasty is not going to improve that.

However, there are decided benefits to having nonsurgical rhinoplasty over surgical. One of the biggest advantages is the lower cost. Surgical rhinoplasty costs thousands of dollars; whereas, nonsurgical rhinoplasty will be a few hundred. There is also little to no recovery time needed for nonsurgical rhinoplasty. The injections only take a short time to apply and then you are out the door, compared to surgical rhinoplasty which can take up to two years for a complete recovery. Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, the results of nonsurgical rhinoplasty can be adjusted; fillers can be removed or reapplied as needed to get the best looking results. Nonsurgical rhinoplasty can also be a good option if you have been considering surgical rhinoplasty, but aren’t sure you want to go through with it. The dermal filler results can give you an idea of what your nose could look like after the more permanent surgical rhinoplasty without having to speculate your appearance.

The most common problems with the external shape of the nose that are corrected with nonsurgical rhinoplasty include minor bumps or dents in the nasal bridge, raising the height of the nasal bridge to give the nose more definition, or making slight adjustments to the shape of the nasal tip. Anything more drastic will likely require surgical rhinoplasty to physically change the shape and size of the nose.

Whether you are choosing nonsurgical or surgical rhinoplasty, it’s important to choose a surgeon who is experienced in nose shaping and using dermal filler injections. Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery offers both rhinoplasty and dermal filler injections, as well as a wide variety of other surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Dr. Haitham Masri has been a plastic surgeon for many years and has cultivated a great deal of experience while working with thousands of patients.  For a consultation, call (866) 487-3223.

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