Why see a medical practitioner for a Dermal Filler treatment?
Premium Dermal Fillers are classed as medical devices and the manufacturers recommend that treatments should only be carried out by medical professionals, although this isn’t currently a legal requirement.
If a rare side effect occurs after a Dermal Filler treatment only a medical practitioner is able to manage the complications as prescription treatments are usually required. Prescription only treatments such as antibiotics (in case of an infection), hyaluronidase (to dissolve the filler), adrenaline (in case of a rare anaphylactic reaction) and sometimes steroids are needed.
Fortunately side effects are rare, which means not many doctors have a lot of experience managing them. The management of Dermal Filler complications is currently not covered in GP training or A and E specialist training. Therefore if a complication arises after a Dermal Filler the patient would need to seek help from the practitioner that performed the treatment.
Dr Teri Johnson attends regular training for the management of adverse effects caused by all her treatments including Dermal Filler Complications.
She has up to date protocols for the management of the possible adverse reactions and keeps the necessary equipment in her clinic should a problem arise, so she can manage them appropriately and safely.