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Dermal Filler: Top 7 Danger Zones


Dermal facial filler injections to restore a more youthful appearance have become the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States behind Botox, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dermal filler injections are popular because complications are few and usually mild.

However, rare but severe complications can occur when dermal fillers are injected into blood vessels. Problems can include tissue loss, blindness, stroke, erythema, and even death. Avoid direct deep injections into the following areas. Working with an experienced aesthetic medical practice can help avoid serious complications from dermal fillers.

Here are top 7 Danger Zones you need to know before getting a dermal filler:

1. Glabella

The smooth part of the forehead immediately above the eyebrows and between them is the top spot for dermal filler complications and the most dangerous as the supraorbital and supratrochlear arteries are located here. Blockage in blood vessels that feed the eyes can lead to visual impairment and even blindness.

2. Temple

Young people have slightly convex temples, but temporal hollowing commonly occurs with age. This area contains the superficial temporal artery and the middle temporal vein, so providers should inject at least 2.5 centimeters above the temporal arch to avoid injury.

3. Medial Canthus