Can you reverse dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a popular way to alter the appearance of your face. They not only allow you to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but allow you to add volume to areas such as the cheeks or lips.

While some people love their new appearance, others can be dissatisfied with the results.

So what exactly are dermal fillers, and can they be reversed if you dislike the results of your procedure?

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel injections which add fullness and volume to the face, increasing contours and removing wrinkles and fine lines. They can be injected into different areas of the face, such as the cheeks, lips, under the eyes and into the jawline.

Various ingredients can be used in the filler gel, however, most professional cosmetic surgery clinics will use a semi-permanent hyaluronic acid (HA).

HA occurs naturally in the body and is critical for maintaining skin hydration. However, as we age our skin cell production lessen and we have less HA, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines.

Other types of dermal fillers include:

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite
  • Polyalkylimide
  • Polylactic acid
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate microsphere

No matter what type of dermal filler you end up having, if you have visited a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon, you’re more than likely going to end up with natural looking results which enhance your features.

However, sometimes mistakes happen, or you decide you don’t like the appearance of the dermal fillers after all. So what can you do about it?

How can you reverse dermal fillers?

Fortunately, if you are unhappy with the appearance of the dermal fillers, you’re not stuck with the results forever.

Before considering having them reversed, there are a few things you should consider.

The filler will naturally fade

Dermal filler is not a surgical procedure, and the results will not last forever. If you do not want to have the dermal filler reversed, keep in mind that over time the filler will fade and your face will return to how it was prior to the injections.

You can have corrective massages

Your surgeon may be able to perform a massage on the filler in order to correct any lumps or alter the position of the filler. While this will not remove any of the filler, it can successfully alter your appearance. Make sure you get your surgeon to massage the filler or have them give you instructions on how to properly complete the massage.

Removing the dermal fillers

If you do not want to wait for the fillers to naturally fade, you may wish to explore the option of having the fillers removed. Any of the HA fillers can be either completely or partially removed with a substance known as hyaluronidase. This will dissolve the HA particles. You can either have all of the filler removed, or have the amount of filler reduced if you feel too much was injected originally.

If you are not having all of the filler removed, it is important to note that the hyaluronidase may remove too much filler. If this happens, some more dermal filler may need to be injected until you are happy with the appearance.

If you have had fillers which are not HA-based, such as Sculptra or Radiesse, hyaluronidase will not work. Instead, you may need to try steroid injections. If you do not wish to use steroid injections, or they do not work, you will have to wait for the filler to naturally dissolve.

Make sure you get a qualified surgeon

The best thing you can do to make sure you are happy with the initial results of your dermal filler is to ensure you see a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon. Make sure you attend a consultation with the surgeon who will be administering the injections, ask about their experience and request to see before and after photographs. Make sure you know whether the filler will be HA based or not, so you will have peace of mind knowing if it will be able to easily be reversed.

Are you interested in dermal fillers? Centre for Surgery currently offers this. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation. 

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