Follow-Up Question: Has anyone treated a dermal filler infection? What was successful?
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Severe infection from filler injection
This is something that is discussed at meetings but is rarely encountered. My only other suggestion is that atypical mycobacterium must be considered. It is hard to culture, and if it does grow, it takes weeks. AFB stains should be done. Atypical mycobacterium is ubiquitous and it is not clear why some people get infections from it. It seems to be an immune related problem. It is essential that sterile technique be used for all fillers, particularly long lasting fillers such as Bellafill.