(HealthDay News) — Dermal fillers can help smooth out smile lines and crow’s feet, or plump up lips and cheeks that have lost their fullness.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the use of dermal fillers as medical devices. Examples include collagen injections, hyaluronic acid gel or Poly-L-lactic acid.

Use of these products does not come without risks. The most common side effects include: bruising, redness, swelling, pain, itching, infection, bumps and skin discoloration. More serious complications could include scarring, vision loss and anaphylactic reaction.

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The FDA offers these suggestions for people considering the use of these products:

  • Alwayswork with a licensed health care provider who uses properly labeled, sealed vials.
  • Alwaysread labeling information onFDA-approved injectable wrinkle fillers.
  • Become familiar with the type of product to be used and possible side effects.
  • Never buy dermal fillers online.
  • Neverget any type of filler injected for body contouring.

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