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How Common Is Injectable Filler Removal?

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The next trending cosmetic surgery procedure may not be what you expect. If you’re a fan of celebrity news, you may have recently heard Kylie Jenner or Vicki Gunvalson (of “Real Housewives” fame) sharing their decisions to undergo removal of their injectable fillers. If you’re considering facial fillers at our Manhattan Beach-area plastic surgery practice, you should know how common filler removal is, as well as how it’s completed.

In our experience, filler removal—technically filler dissolution—is the exception, rather than the norm. This is because fillers, when correctly administered, typically create attractive, natural-looking results that satisfy the vast majority of patients. Generally speaking, patients who are attracted to injectable fillers are interested in subtle results that target specific areas of concern rather than a full-face overhaul. One thing we often say about fillers is that you won’t necessarily notice the “good” results. You may see a man or woman with exceptional fillers and think he or she merely looks awake, refreshed, and attractive. The excessive, over-the-top results are typically what garner negative attention.

However, the option for dissolving your injectable fillers is available if you’re unhappy with your results. Better yet, the process is likely easier than you may realize.

The active ingredient in many popular fillers, such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® is called hyaluronic acid. It can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. Like hyaluronic acid, hyaluronidase also occurs naturally in the body, where it metabolizes hyaluronic acid. In the aesthetic medicine setting, hyaluronidase is injected where the filler was originally placed. Within 24 hours of injection, the filler is typically completely dissolved.

Choosing to reverse a filler treatment with hyaluronidase is perfectly safe, and any filler injections you undergo later on will not be affected. However, if you do decide to undergo another filler treatment, choose a practice with qualified providers, preferably who are supervised by board-certified plastic surgeons. During your consultation, be sure to share your previous experience with your injector in order to ensure you receive the results you want this time around.

Of course, if you’re dissatisfied with the results of any injectable filler treatment, remember that you don’t have to rush to your nearest plastic surgeon’s office for hyaluronidase injections. The results of fillers typically only last for between 6 and 12 months, so if you’re only moderately unhappy, you may just choose to “stick it out” until the product goes away on its own.

No matter what you decide to do with injectables, we want you to love the way you look. Take a look at our before-and-after gallery to see what’s possible for you. When you’re ready, you can contact our office, call our office directly at (310) 784-0644 , or request a consultation online. We’re proud of the age-defying results we’ve created for our patients, and we can’t wait to do the same for you.

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