Tis the Season for minimally invasive aesthetic procedures….Keeping you safe!

Tis the Season for minimally invasive aesthetic procedures….

Keeping you safe!

Dermal filler treatments are among the hottest trends in the minimally invasive field of cosmetic rejuvenation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has grown nearly 200 percent since 2000, with no indication of slowing down. 

Dermal fillers are effective to restore volume and smooth lines, with instant gratification.  Although they are low risk, they are not no risk.  According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, infections after dermal filler are very rare, less than 1%.  Most of these infections arise when skin contaminants infiltrate the injection site at the time of injection, so a good aseptic technique is crucial in decreasing the risk of infection.

To decrease the minimal risk of infection even more, it is now considered the standard of care to not have dental work 2 weeks before or after the injection of dermal fillers.  Says Ava Shamban, MD, cosmetic dermatologist in Beverly Hills, CA,  “When your teeth are cleaned, a ton of bacteria is released into your mouth and travels into the bloodstream. Fillers are considered an implant, a foreign substance in the body, and this excess bacteria ups the risk of infection.”  Although there have been no formal studies regarding the risk of infection related to dermal fillers, it just makes sense.    

Dr Shamban also points out that dental procedures require pressure and stretching of the face that could potentially misplace fillers within the first week after the injection.  One more reason to not schedule your dental work after your filler.  

At Essence Laser & Wellness, Dr. O’Rourke, a master injector, only uses Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers, a naturally occurring substance in the skin, restoring the volume that is lost over time, to create a refreshed, natural look.  With Dr. O’Rourke’s 25 years of experience as an eye surgeon, she gives the utmost attention to aseptic technique, and by avoiding dental work around the time of injection, we provide a safe environment for an excellent aesthetic result.  


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