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Lunchtime cosmetic injections may take less an hour, but you should definitely spend more time than a lunch hour choosing where to get them. When you get a jot of certain long-lived fillers, like Artefill and Silikone 1000, there's the slight but real possibility of developing a rare side effect called a granuloma.

A granuloma is an injected knot of cells that forms around a substance that the body perceives as foreign. The mass can be as small as a grain of sand and as large as a pea.

Granulomas reportedly occurred in less than 1% of all cosmetic procedure patients in 2009. But even this small percentage is preventable. Granulomas do not occur naturally - they are the result of the poor placement of semi-permanent or permanent fillers beneath the skin.

The longer a substance stays under the skin, the more opportunity there is for infection down the road. That's why permanent and semi-permanent fillers are more likely to cause a granuloma. The reaction is not always immediate - a granuloma can surface years after an injection.

The likelihood of this adverse reaction is increased when injections are given by untrained practitioners with improper credentials. The scar tissue-covered infection normally begins as a lump at or around the injection site. However, a granuloma can also migrate, which means even if you receive forehead injections, the clump can materialize inches away on your chin.

Age range: Because granulomas are the result of cosmetic injections gone wrong, they occur only in those old enough to have such injections.

Interesting Facts

From January 2003 to September 2009, 930 dermal filler related traumas were reported by the FDA.