The decision to get injectables is highly personal. When done right, they can completely transform your look and make you look impeccable. The risks are significantly lower than any of the other surgical treatments. However, they are not entirely free from complications. When you choose the right service provider and stick to all the pre and post-care instructions, the risks can be significantly minimised.

With that being said, it is essential to be fully aware of the complications of injectables before getting yourself into the treatment. After weighing the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision. In most cases, your service provider will outline the risks in detail during the initial consultation.

Before the treatment, you must also sign consent forms to ensure you understand the procedure and its complications.

Potential Risks of Injectables

Some of the possible risks and complications of injectables include:

  • Acne-like skin eruptions
  • Bleeding from the injection site
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection at the injection site
  • Swelling
  • Under- or over-correction of wrinkles
  • Bruising
  • Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
  • Skin necrosis
  • Lumps
  • Skin rash with itching
  • Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
  • Skin redness

In some sporadic cases, the fillers can be injected into blood vessels underneath the skin which can block the blood flow. It can lead to severe problems based on where the block is; blindness, infection, skin loss, and wounding are some of the possible outcomes.

It is crucial to discuss all of your concerns with the injector, including complications that require immediate care. Although most service providers will guarantee satisfactory results, there are times when patients aren’t happy with the results. You can reverse the results in some cases, while you will have to wait for the results to wear off in others.

Is There a Way to Avoid Complications of Injectables?

The answer is yes, there is always a way to avoid complications associated with injectables, as discussed below:

Choose the Right Service Provider

First, you must choose the right service provider to get the treatment done. This step alone will minimise the risk of any complications greatly. Consider the following pointers before selecting the one: 

Experience and Expertise

The first and foremost thing you need to look at before selecting the injector is to have a look at their experience and expertise. They must have the proper credentials to be able to perform the procedure. Credentials alone are not enough; you also need to pay attention to the provider’s experience. Someone with 10 years of experience will perform the procedure much differently than someone with 1 year of experience. So, choose wisely.


You have to pay attention to the reviews. Do not rely on the reviews listed on the practitioner’s website only. Explore other review sites, forums and social media platforms. You will be able to find detailed and authentic experiences. If most patients have had a positive experience with a service provider, the chances are that you will have too.

Before and After Photos

Always ask for before and after photographs during the consultation. It will give you a fairly clear idea of your results and help you set realistic expectations. Try to look for people with similar face shapes and concerns to analyse your potential results.

Follow Pre and Post-Care Instructions

While choosing the right practitioner is half the battle won, you have to do a little care on your end. The pre and post-care instructions for each type of injectable will differ drastically. Here is a general overview for you.

Pre-Treatment Instructions

Here is a list of pre-treatment instructions to follow before getting injectables:

  • Avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours before getting the treatment.
  • Stay clear of anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks before injecting.
  • Discontinue the use of Retin-A products two days before the treatment.
  • Let the provider know in advance if you have a history of cold sores.
  • Have a light snack before coming in for the procedure.
  • Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or using hair removal creams.
  • Stay clear of blood-thinning medications, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter drugs for at least two weeks before the treatment.
  • Come to the appointment with a clean face.
  • Avoid getting any dental procedures done two weeks before your treatment is scheduled.

Post-Treatment Instructions

Here is a list of post-treatment instructions to follow post getting injectables:

  • Stay clear of blood-thinning medications and anti-inflammatory drugs for a few days after getting the injectables.
  • Do not put pressure on the treatment site unless instructed otherwise.
  • Do not wear makeup for 24 hours after getting the treatment.
  • Avoid facial, microdermabrasion, or massage for at least two weeks after the treatment.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing the injection site.
  • Use ice on your face to combat swelling and bruising.
  • Refrain from exercising for at least 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid getting dental procedures done for at least two weeks after the treatment.
  • Do not bend over or lift heavy weights for the first 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Wear sunscreen while stepping out in the sun.

Final Takeaway

As you have all learned by now, there is no cosmetic procedure, surgical or non-surgical, that is free from any risks and complications. The best thing you can do for yourself is to learn about the procedure thoroughly, be aware of the risks, do research before selecting the service provider and stick to all the pre and post-treatment instructions given to you by your practitioner.

We hope you found this article informative and helpful! If you wish to speak with the experts or want further information, feel free to contact us.