Pulsed-dye laser as a novel therapeutic approach for post-filler bruises

Dermatol Ther. 2018 Nov;31(6):e12721. doi: 10.1111/dth.12721. Epub 2018 Nov 5.


Fillers have become popular worldwide as the demand for enhancements in rejuvenating effects and esthetic improvements is continually increasing. With broader applications and the increasing number of cosmetic procedures using fillers, more filler-related complications are being reported. These filler-related complications range from mild bruising to severe vascular complications. Because of the severe and irreversible outcomes of vascular complications, treatment protocols for such complications are being investigated and updated actively. However, not much attention is paid to mild bruises that develop after filler injections. Simple observation is the treatment of choice for bruises in current filler complication protocols. In the present study, the possible effect of a pulsed-dye laser (PDL) on bruises is reported, with a case report of a female patient who received PDL treatment for a bruise that developed after a filler injection.

Keywords: filler complication protocol; post-filler bruise; pulsed-dye laser.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contusions / diagnosis
  • Contusions / etiology
  • Contusions / radiotherapy*
  • Cosmetic Techniques / adverse effects*
  • Dermal Fillers / administration & dosage
  • Dermal Fillers / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyaluronic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Hyaluronic Acid / adverse effects*
  • Injections, Intradermal
  • Lasers, Dye / therapeutic use*
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / instrumentation*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Dermal Fillers
  • Hyaluronic Acid