Complications associated with dermal fillers and neuromodulators are rare and often avoidable. But when they occur – they do even in the best hands and using the best technique – there are things providers can do to prevent serious problems and keep their patients, according to Kevin S. Pinski, M.D., medical director of Pinski Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Chicago.
“Prevention is always better than management of complications,” says Dr. Pinski, who presented at the Maui Derm NP + PA summer 2019 meeting on recognizing and avoiding filler and neuromodulator complications. “Most of the complications are technique dependent. They’re not due to the products we inject — fillers and toxins.”
Dr. Pinski shares what providers need to know and do to prevent and manage injectable complications.
1. Know your patient
A big complication that many providers don’t consider is performing procedures on patients who have unrealistic expectations, according to Dr. Pinski.
“You need to know your patients’ expectations and their reasons for wanting the treatments,” he says. “Keep in mind the patient’s gender and ethnicity. You don’t want to feminize a male patient or masculinize a female patient. And there are certain ethnic differences that we want to maintain.”
Dr. Pinski is on the advisory board for Allergan.