How to spot fake dermal filler products

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The complications from the use of fillers range from minor adverse effects, major complications that threaten skin loss and vision, undesirable aesthetic outcomes to late complications, said Dr Mohamed Zulfikar Rasheed, consultant at the department of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery at Singapore General Hospital.
 

The injection of any dermal filler may occasionally be accompanied by minor side effects,
such as pain, a burning sensation, itching, redness, and swelling or bruising, even with excellent technique, he said...
 

Fillers may migrate away from their intended site of injection, causing lumps in other parts of the body. Infections occasionally occur and may require antibiotics and skin care. The most feared complications are vascular ones, in which the filler is accidentally injected into a superficial artery, resulting in a blockage of the blood vessel...

How to spot a fake:
1. There is a long expiry date on the box (photo above).
2. The outer box, syringe lot number and expiry date do not match.
3. Poorer quality paper and box used to package the product.
4. Poorer print quality on the packaging.

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The complications from the use of fillers range from minor adverse effects, major complications that threaten skin loss and vision, undesirable aesthetic outcomes to late complications, said Dr Mohamed Zulfikar Rasheed, consultant at the department of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery at Singapore General Hospital.
The injection of any dermal filler may occasionally be accompanied by minor side effects, such as pain, a burning sensation, itching, redness, and swelling or bruising, even with excellent technique, he said.
Undesirable aesthetic outcomes include the formation of nodules and surface irregularities when too much filler is injected or when the filler is injected too close to the surface of the skin.
Fillers may migrate away from their intended site of injection, causing lumps in other parts of the body.
Infections occasionally occur and may require antibiotics and skin care.
The most feared complications are vascular ones, in which the filler is accidentally injected into a superficial artery, resulting in a blockage of the blood vessel.
The skin supplied by that artery dies, becoming dusky and eventually sloughing off over the next few days to weeks, often leaving discolouration or an unsightly scar, said Dr Mohamed.
Doctors said these are just some reasons why it is so important to have filler injections done by doctors and to use only approved products.
How to spot a fake
1. There is a long expiry date on the box (photo above).
2. The outer box, syringe lot number and expiry date do not match.
3. Poorer quality paper and box used to package the product.
4. Poorer print quality on the packaging.
- See more at: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/how-spot-fake-dermal-filler-products#sthash.buWtaHZW.dpuf

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