The Hidden Dangers of Low-Cost Dermal Fillers


When it comes to keeping your skin looking youthful, supple and full of energy, there is a reason dermal fillers are a popular choice. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical, minimally invasive injectable that plumps up skins to help soften lines and wrinkles. 


Due to their rise in popularity and demand, it seems like everyone is offering fillers. But some of these low cost fillers services can cost you a lot more than just their initial price. 


Keep reading to learn more about the dangers of low-cost fillers and how to find a reputable medi spa in Calgary!


What are dermal fillers?

First things first, before we can really dive into the dangers of low quality dermal fillers, we need to define what dermal fillers are. 


Dermal fillers inject a gel-like substance that is injected into various parts of the face. The most common type of dermal filler are lip injections but dermal fillers are also used all over the face to help skin look more radiant, voluminous and energized. 


Dermal filler can be used to: 

  • Plump lips
  • Smooth under the eyes 
  • Lift and enhance the cheeks 
  • Fill acne scars
  • Improve facial symmetry 
  • And much more! 


Dermal fillers are different from Botox injections which uses a needle to “freeze” muscles in your face which helps to smooth, soften and relax the appearance of lines and wrinkles. In short think Botox smoothes while fillers plump. 

A women receives a injection of quality dermal fillers

What are dermal fillers made of?

The kind of fillers can vary depending on your own unique facial structure (referring to your tissues, skin, fat, and bone), since there isn’t a one-size fits all filler. Dermal fillers can either be made of naturally occurring or synthetic substances. The most common dermal filler is Hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin. It plays a vital role in keeping skin hydrated and volumized. 


Depending on the kind of filler, the results usually last for 6 months to a year. Here at Juvea Aesthetics we use Prollenium’s Revanesse™, Clarion’s Teoxane™ and Galderma’s Restylane™ which are all HA and FDA approved products. 


What are the risks of getting low-cost fillers?

There are several major risks associated with “low-cost” fillers, but the majority of them stem from the fact you really can’t be sure of what you’re actually paying for. When you purchase filler products or go to a spa that is a little questionable, you run the risk of having a procedure done by someone who may not have the proper credentials to administer dermal fillers safely or you may be getting subpar quality of product. 


Health Risks 

One of the biggest and most obvious risks with getting low quality fillers is the fact that the fillers could contain non sterile substances, like hair gel. If injected, these substances can cause allergic reactions, infections and in a worse case scenario death of your skin cells (also called necrosis). 


Improper Technique

Another risk is that an unqualified technician may not have the proper technique to properly inject dermal fillers. This can lead to swelling, lumpiness, asymmetric placement, overfilling, or puffiness in the injection site. 


A much more serious issue that could occur if filler is injected in the wrong position is if an inexperienced person misses the mark and injects filled into a blood vessel or artery. This can lead to the filler blocking the blood vessel which then results in skin tissue death in that area. 


Why Quality of Dermal Fillers and Service matter

Now we don’t want to scare you off of fillers forever, when administered by professional, certified technicians (like the ones we have here at Juvea Aesthetics!) you are in safe hands. Even if you had some bad fillers, there is a way to remedy and fix bad fillers!


Dermal fillers can help enhance your natural beauty and boost your confidence, but ensuring that you are getting sterile, safe fillers administered by experienced, knowledgeable technicians is absolutely essential. This is the best way to ensure you get close to the aesthetic goal you want while avoiding serious and harmful risks. 


At Juvea Aesthetics, we are redefining your natural beauty. At our medi spas in Calgary and Edmonton, we are focused and committed to highlighting your best features without compromising the integrity of your unique beauty. We believe in enhancing your natural look with premium medical aesthetics in Calgary, including Botox, dermal fillers, lip injections and belkyra. We also offer vitamin drips and therapy, mesotherapy and skincare consultations. Schedule your appointment at our Calgary medi spa by calling 403-975-7523.