If you have a medical disease like diabetes or other problems, is it safe to have fillers done?

Dear doctor is it OK to get a syringe of Juvederm Voluma on each side of my cheeks if I have Diabetes? I am taking 25mg Atenolol and Lantus insulin (14) at night? Should I expect longer healing if I follow your recommendation? thank you so much for your reply: A Moore

The good news is that for the vast majority of medical problems, there really is no interaction with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Belotero and Restylane Lyft.   This is because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies.  However, I think it’s still a good idea to double check with your dermatologist or primary care provider.

You can also access the website of the specific product and look under contraindications.    Healing times on the face are generally normal for diabetics.   Feet and legs are a different story!

The skin should always be cleaned thoroughly with alcohol or Hibiclens before injections are done.    Fillers are not okay if you have an active skin infection or rash.  If you have a cold sore, that area should be avoided and oral medication taken (ask your doctor).

It is not advised to do any elective medical procedures including fillers, while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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