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dermal fillerDid you get a dermal filler and felt you got too much and now don’t like it?  Can it be removed or reduced?  Before getting any kind of cosmetic procedure, it is important to know your options, dermal fillers are no exception.  You want to go into the procedure with realistic expectations.

Some dermal fillers can be reversed and others are permanent.  When discussing the procedure with your physician, ask about the ingredient components of the filler.  This will determine whether the procedure can be reversed.  Fillers that contain hyaluronic acid are reversible.  Hyaluronic acid is a sugar naturally found in the skin and around joints.  Dermal fillers with hyaluronic acid are manufactured in gel form which is injected into the skin.  It acts like a sponge, absorbs water and expands.  Fillers with hyaluronic acid are Belotero, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm Voluma XC.  Vitrase is the enzyme that can be injected into the site to immediately reverse any negative effects.

Dermal fillers which contain poly L-lactic acid or are calcium-based are more permanent.  They are not life-long permanent, but cannot be immediately reversed.  Those products include Sculptra (poly L-lactic acid) and Radiesse (calcium-based).

Radiesse is a gel which is injected deep into the dermal tissue and is great for areas where there has been a significant loss of volume.  The product can last for a year or more, but there is no counteracting antidote.  Sculptra is a synthetic lactic acid gel.  The results of Sculptra reveal its effects over time, is not fully permanent and follow-up sessions may be necessary.  The effects can be absorbed and last about six months.  Lactic acid is naturally found in the body, but this is a synthetic product that does not have an effect-reversing antidote.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Cavallaro, G. (2016). Charlotte’s Book, “Are dermal fillers reversible?” Retrieved July 11, 2016, from: http://www.charlottesbook.com/dermal-fillers-reversible/