Filler Complications

Dr Quinn in Aesthetics monthly magazine

Quinn Clinics’ founder and aesthetic physician, Dr John Quinn, has appeared in Aesthetics Magazine in the ‘Clinical Focus’ section which is reserved for the most experienced practitioners to share their knowledge and best practice recommendations. 

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The 3-page feature on ‘Filler Complications’ honestly and comprehensively addresses the potential for complication with the popular procedure in the early, mid and long term; as well as how to reduce the risk of any complications whatsoever.

Dr Quinn is an Irish qualified general practitioner with over 9 years experience in cosmetic medicine. He is a full member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine and has completed the Post-graduate diploma in Clinical Dermatology at Queen Mary University, London. He has a clinic in Bristol and Greenwich.

The Risk of Filler Complications

Dr Quinn explains:

Complications are, unfortunately, inherent to any medical procedure. When they occur in the NHS, there is a degree of understanding amongst patients and medical professionals. In the private sector where cosmetic medicine exists, complications are less accepted and there is a propensity for the incident to become a story in a daily newspaper. With so much of our education being sponsored by drug companies, complications have previously been glossed over and many of us have personal experience of insufficient or no support at all in the event of a poor outcome.

He continues:

There are some simple steps that a practitioner can take to reduce the risk of complications. My personal view is that dermal filler procedures should be done in a regulated healthcare setting, ideally a Care Quality Commission regulated clinic.

This advice to aesthetic practitioners includes:

  • Adherence to aseptic and ‘no touch’ techniques
  • The importance of hand washing as well as use of a sterile pack, swabs and gloves for each procedure
  • After removal of makeup, cleanse skin with chlorhexidine rather than alcohol, as there is evidence that this provides better, antimicrobial action
  • Use multiple needles or cannulas per procedure – never touch or wipe the needle with a swab before injection, just change it
  • Slow injections are less uncomfortable and reduce the risk of bruising and swelling as well as making late complications less frequent.
  • After the procedure, patients should be asked to apply some alcohol gel to their hands. They should avoid rubbing their face and ideally not wear makeup for the rest of the day. If this is essential it should be brand new makeup to avoid risk of infection

While this advice is essential for anybody practising in cosmetic treatments, it is also very useful for clients and patients choosing a practitioner; so that they can clearly see the efforts a good doctor should make in order to keep the procedure safe and effective.


Dr Quinn is a qualified aesthetic doctor with specific expertise in dermal fillers and botox® and two clinics based in Clifton (Bristol) and Blackheath/Greenwich (London)

Quinn Clinics offer a full range of cosmetic, medical and laser skin treatments, and as well as injections, offer the latest laser technology including IPL laser and CO2 fractional laser and radio-frequency treatment.

Please call 0117 924 4592 or email for further information or to book an appointment.

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