Dermal Fillers

Fillers When Pregnant

Pregnant clients may wonder whether fillers are safe during their pregnancy. This article will discuss the effect of dermal fillers during pregnancy, the types of fillers, possible complications of dermal fillers, and the benefits of this procedure.

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected into the skin tissues to restore lost volume, smoothen wrinkles, or improve facial contours. These skin issues occur as the skin continues to age. Your lifestyle, environment, and genetics affect the rate at which the skin ages. Dermal fillers are more cost-effective than plastic cosmetic surgery. The results of injections are noticeable almost immediately, although the full results show after a few weeks of healing. Dermal fillers are side effects for those who undergo the injection procedure. Pregnant women can also experience these side effects if they get filler injections. Lip fillers have not been sufficiently tried and tested on pregnant clients; therefore, cosmetic doctors may not know how the fillers affect the client and their child. Therefore, pregnant clients should avoid getting dermal filler injections. A pregnant mother always experiences fluctuating pregnancy hormones. De Boulle &Heydenrych (2015) stated that fillers could interfere with blood flow, causing swelling. To prevent the mother and the baby from possible risks of swelling and reduced blood flow in the body, they should avoid fillers while pregnant.

Pregnancy comes with enlarged lips; it would not be ideal to do lip fillers with enlarged lips if you want long-lasting effects. Pregnancy may change the woman’s skin, resulting in unexpected results after injection.

Types of Lip Fillers

Hyaluronic Acid 

The HA filler gives results between 6 to 12 months after injection. Apart from being used as a facial filler, it gets injected into acne joints to reduce arthritis pain.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

According to Van Loghem et al. (2015), Calcium hydroxylapatite filler treats deep wrinkles and fills up cheeks and skin folds. Its effect can last 1 to 3yrs.


Polyalkylimide is used mainly by cosmetic doctors to treat face wasting in people who take HIV medications, treat nasolabial folds, and pulp skin, and regain lost volume due to age.

Polylactic Acid

Polylactic acid is used to regain facial volume lost due to aging.

Polymethyl-Methacrylate Microspheres.

Mohamed (2020) stated that Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) treat wrinkles, and nasolabial folds, fill out scars and augment lips.

Your cosmetic doctor will determine the best filler, depending on the application area. For lip filler, HA acid is very effective and gives an immediate effect.

Lip fillers have a different degree of softness. Their longevity and chemical composition also vary.

Possible Dermal Filler Complications

The injected region may turn red and swollen and experience some pain. Inflammation should disappear in a few days. If this does not happen, patients should seek medical attention.

The quality of dermal filler injection and the type of filler used may cause variance in the magnitude of complications during and after injection. Other complications include lumps, infections, filler migration, bleeding in the injected area, tissue death, and pain.

Prevention of Filler Pains

  • The use of topical anesthesia; anesthesia prevents the pain of the needle.
  • Size of the needle; small size needles cause less pain and are convenient for HA filler injection.
  • Doing a skin assessment before the procedure; skin assessment helps to identify active bacteria or viruses that could infect the skin and cause pain and inflammation. The whole procedure should be made sterile.
  • The patient should inform their cosmetic doctor about pre-existing medical conditions and prescriptions they take if any.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Short Recovery Time

There is no surgery involved in dermal filler injections; the process takes 15 to 30 minutes. Time taken to recover is very short. The slight swelling takes a few days to disappear.

Risks Are Minimal

The risks associated with fillers are few, provided the patient has no pre-existing conditions. These risks include redness, slight swelling, and mild bruising, which disappears in a few days. A certified cosmetic doctor can help avoid complications due to bad injection techniques.

Dermal Filler Injection Procedures Are Reversible

If undesired results are achieved, a reversal procedure can be performed. The most common reasons for reversing the procedure are:

· Incorrect placement of the filler in the intended area

· Use of too much filler that affects the final appearance

· Discoloration. This is a rare case but can occur around the eye area.

· The emergence of lumps.

· When the procedure gives an Asymmetric appearance.

· Infection. Reversal can be done to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts.

It is necessary to find a competent medical doctor to prevent these complications from occurring. However, a reversal can remedy the complication.

According to Wollina& Goldman (2015), dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of facial scars. Hyaluronic acid can soften scar tissue. It can also reduce facial scars such as acne scars.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fillers

Do Dermal Fillers Give a Good Feel to the Skin? 

Hyaluronic acid in fillers is not alien to the human body. It is available in the body; hence its injection adds a natural feel.

Will Dermal Fillers Give a Natural Appearance?

In most cases, the fillers give a natural appearance; people may not understand that you had a filler injection.

Why Can’t I Get Dermal Fillers While Pregnant?

There is insufficient data on the impact of dermal fillers on pregnant clients; therefore, pregnant patients should avoid cosmetic procedures.


Even though it is unclear what kind of impact dermal filler can cause during pregnancy, most doctors advise that it is better to avoid filler injections during pregnancy. Pregnant mothers should wait until they give birth and get the filler treatments later. This is to avoid any possible complications and side effects. After giving birth, it would be better to familiarize themselves with relevant information concerning dermal filler injections. Therefore, they should book an appointment with a cosmetic doctor. The appointment would allow them to know about all the dos and don’ts before and after the procedure and get a brief description of how the injection procedure happens to be physiologically prepared.


De Boulle, K., & Heydenrych, I. (2015). Patient factors influencing dermal filler complications: prevention, assessment, and treatment. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 8, 205.

Mohamed, D. A. (2020). Dermal Filler types, Effect on soft tissue and Life Style correlation. Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences Research, 3, 1-5.

Wollina, U., & Goldman, A. (2015). Fillers for the improvement in acne scars. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 8, 493.

Van Loghem, J., Yutskovskaya, Y. A., &Werschler, W. P. (2015). Calcium hydroxylapatite: over a decade of clinical experience. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 8(1), 38.

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