Dermal Filler-Related Personal Injuries

Dermal Filler-Related Personal Injuries

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a staff report Nov. 14 about dermal fillers — the agents used to fight facial wrinkles. The report noted that the FDA received 930 reports of personal injuries and health problems related to dermal filler use over the past six years (from January 2003 to Sept. 20, 2008). The adverse effects of the unsafe product include: 

  • disfigurement
  • facial palsy
  • anaphylactic shock
  • severe allergic reactions 

Over a Million Dermal Filler Treatments Last Year 

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 1.3 million people received one or more dermal filler treatments in 2007. The most popular dermal fillers available in the U.S. are: 

  • Juvederm — from Allergan
  • Restylane — from Medicis
  • Perlane — Medicis
  • Radiesse — Bioform Medical 

Botox, an injection of the botulism toxin, was not part of the recent FDA report; it's not the same as dermal filler. Botox relaxes facial muscles to smooth out wrinkles. 

The FDA's report was released in advance of a Nov. 18 meeting of outside experts regarding the safety of dermal fillers. 

Treatment Required for Many Patients 

According to the report, among the 930 patients who had adverse reactions to dermal filler, 638 needed treatment with medication (e.g., antibiotics, steroids, or antihistamines). Ninety-four patients needed surgical intervention such as: 

  • biopsy of a lesion
  • excision of a nodule
  • opening an abscess
  • drug therapy 

Dermal Filler Makers Contend Their Products Are Safe 

Spokespeople for the various pharmaceutical companies that make dermal fillers responded to the FDA's report, stating that their products have adequate labeling regarding a low risk of various adverse events. 

(Source: MSNBC) 

If You Have Had a Bad Reaction to a Dermal Filler

If you feel that you were not warned about the possible risks of your dermal filler treatment, contact us to speak with a personal injury attorney in your area to discuss your concerns.

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