ARE DERMAL FILLERS REVERSIBLE?

September 17, 2015 / Juvederm, Our Services, Radiesse, Restylane

ASK CHARLOTTE: ARE DERMAL FILLERS REVERSIBLE?

 

With so many amazing, qualified, talented cosmetic dermatologists out there, it’s amazing that there are still celebrities who have overinflated lips, plumped up cheeks and other demonstrations of obvious enhancements. Indeed, they make the idea of trying an injectable dermal filler quite scary. For the woman still considering her first injectable filler, knowing which products are reversible and which last and last is some important knowledge. We spoke with Charlotte’s Book Premier Provider Dr. Debra Wattenberg of Upper East Clinic NY Skin Rx about which dermal fillers can be reversed and which ones you just have to wait out.

Dermal Fillers

Most of the common dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid and are reversible. Dr. Wattenberg explains, “Hyaluronic acid is a sugar found naturally in the skin. It’s found in joint spaces and makes the skin and joints slippery. Many of the dermal filler manufacturers have created an injectable gel form of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid absorbs water, so when you inject it, it acts like a sponge: it absorbs water and expands.” So which dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid? Belotero, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm Voluma XC. Dr. Wattenberg continues, “The beauty of the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is that there’s a product called Vitrase, which is an enzyme that can quickly be injected to immediately reverse any negative effects.”

Sculptra and Radiesse, due to their composition, are not immediately reversible. Sculptra is made with poly-L-lactic acid and, although this synthetic gel is made with lactic acid that is naturally found in the body, just like hyaluronic acid, it does not have an antidote that can reverse its effects. The results of Sculptra reveal themselves over time as the collagen stimulating properties begin to volumize the treated areas. However, Sculptra is not actually permanent and, without follow-up treatments, the product can be absorbed by the body within six months, fading its effects.

Radiesse Men

Radiesse is comprised of calcium-based microspheres that are injected under the skin via a gel formula. Like Sculptra, once injected, the results of Radiesse are also irreversible. The volumizing effects of the product could last for a year or more; a great option for those seeking a treatment that needs little upkeep, but an unfortunate aspect if you’re unhappy with the results.

Regardless of the long-lasting or reversible properties of a dermal filler, it’s important you go to a qualified cosmetic doctor who can safely and expertly inject dermal fillers and create natural-looking, born-this way results. You also want a cosmetic dermatologist who can quickly diagnose any adverse reactions, prevent risks of infection and fine tune the nuances of placement and size.

Reposted from: Charlotte’s Book