Is filler irreversible?

February 17, 2021
Is filler irreversible?
written by Helen Hunt
If you’re considering filler, you might be apprehensive about the prospect of permanently altering your appearance. The good news is, you don’t need to be! The vast majority of practitioners work exclusively with temporary filler.

Temporary vs. permanent filler

Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane are the three most commonly used dermal and lip fillers; they use hyaluronic acid to restore the volume lost when we stop producing collagen at around 25 years old. They’re commonly used in the under-eye/ tear trough area, around the jawline and chin, and of course, the lips.

The use of permanent facial filler is becoming exceptionally rare and for good reason. Permanent fillers, such as silicone or Bellafill, are non-biodegradable meaning the body doesn’t naturally break them down over time.

How long do fillers last?

Temporary fillers such as Restylane last between 6-18 months, but this may vary depending upon where the filler is injected, your metabolism, and on how much filler is injected. Permanent filler does not break down, once injected it is in your body for life.

Is filler irreversible?

Temporary dermal or lip filler is reversible, and can normally be dissolved in one sitting using injections of the naturally-occurring enzyme Hyaluronidase. This enzyme is responsible for breaking down your filler between top-up visits, you’d just be speeding up the process a bit.

The only way to ‘reverse’ permanent filler is via surgery. Even then, if there’s been an adverse reaction- this damage may never be fully reversed.

If it wasn’t already obvious- we don’t like a permanent filler! We strongly believe that the key to a natural, youthful appearance is working with facial anatomy and structure. A permanent filler will remain in place no matter how your face changes over time – this often ends up looking very artificial.

Where can I find safe dermal fillers?

Finding the right face clinic and practitioner reduces the risk of any complications that may necessitate your filler being dissolved. We are committed to providing safe and effective fillers, working with your natural features.

Why not take a look at what our previous patients have to say, or get in touch with us.

More Blog Posts
Medical Grade Retinol and why it should be in your Regime

Medical Grade Retinol and why it should be in your Regime

Latest News This month we have a lot of exciting news! Firstly, Helen’s son Henry is cycling from London to Rome in 15 days! Henry and his friend, Nick will overall cycle 1947km to raise money for Cure Parkinsons. This charity is particularly close to our hearts here...

New Clinic Open! | Fillers: How much is too much?

New Clinic Open! | Fillers: How much is too much?

New Clinic Opening! We have lots of exciting news this month that we can’t wait to tell you about! Firstly, we’re opening a new clinic location at the Pebble Brook Clinic in Newton Poppleford. We’re excited to start working in this beautiful clinic with other...

Our Focus for August: Healthy Eating​

Our Focus for August: Healthy Eating​

Our Latest News Hello from Helen Hunt Aesthetics! Last month Helen undertook a new course – Teoxane Laboratories training day. Teoxane is a Swiss-owned company that we work with in connection with our facial augmentation, redensificiation, and rejuvenation treatments....