How to avoid complications from injectables

Injectables like anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filers are one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in Australia today. These fast, effective and non-surgical treatments have quickly become the go-to for enhancing natural beauty, reshaping the face, restoring ageing skin, and achieving a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

But like all medical procedures, injectables come with risks. Since the treatment is minimally invasive, the risks are lesser than those associated with surgical or highly invasive procedures, but it is still important for anyone considering injectables to be fully aware of the risks and potential complications involved.

Better yet, knowing how to avoid these complications in the first place could save you from problems later.

Here are some complications with injectables you should be aware of, and how to avoid them.


When too much (or the wrong) product has been used, you might experience some stiffness around the treated area. This is most noticeable around the lips when it becomes difficult to smile! We have a whole blog dedicated to avoiding the over-filled look right here.


When too much filler is injected (or administered too close to the skin’s surface), lumps can form under the skin. The secret to avoiding this complication is seeing only an experienced clinician who uses the proper injecting technique and the right products. If this problem does arise, some dermal fillers can be dissolved, which removes the lumps.

“Duck lips”

The dreaded “duck lips” occurs when too much product is used in and around the lips, leading to unnatural results that no one wants! At our centres, we only strive for natural-looking results using a subtle and safe approach. Read more on this blog about avoiding “duck lips”.


Necrosis is a term describing body tissue death. If injectables are administered into blood vessels, areas of your face can be affected. Necrosis is very rare. The best way to avoid this complication is to see a skilled clinician and to use a cannula where possible, which lowers the risk of the injectable product reaching blood vessels.


If not properly administered, fillers can cause blindness when injected in the wrong place. Again, this is a rare risk, but it highlights the importance of seeing a qualified and experienced clinician for any injectable procedure to ensure you are in safe hands!

If you would like to speak to a dermal clinician about your skin concerns, please call us or book your appointment online.